Boutique Hotel in Downtown Scottsdale
Some neighborhoods in Scottsdale take the city’s slogan “The West’s Most Western Town” more seriously than others. Old Town is one of them: it’s filled with western-themed boutiques, wooden boardwalks, and retro restaurants, and cowboys on horseback roam the streets, serenading passersby with live music. There’s also a thriving nightlife scene here, with bars modeled after Old West saloons and classic speakeasies. You’ll find Hotel Indigo Scottsdale within walking distance of these Old Town attractions, and only a short drive from championship golf courses and the Phoenix airport.
Despite its downtown location, the boutique hotel has a serene atmosphere. The color scheme is dominated by soft blues and greens, and there’s a giant mural of an aloe vera plant painted on the hotel’s side. There are plenty of places to relax, too, such as a patio lounge overlooking the pool and an interior bar where you can grab a cocktail.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West's Most Western Town.” Today, it’s an affluent city, landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. In Old Town Scottsdale, you can glimpse the city’s Western roots alongside a handful of cultural sites, including the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Civic Center Mall, a public park shaded by mesquite trees and filled with fountains and sculptures.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you're in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early-morning or twilight hours.
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