Hotel at a Glance: Days Hotel Scottsdale
Days Hotel Scottsdale centers on a sprawling courtyard shaded by lofty palm trees and desert foliage. Here you'll find a heated outdoor pool, barbecue grills, and cabanas where you can take a break from the sun. The hotel rents out bicycles, too, so you can hit the nearby Arizona Canal Trail, which runs 16 miles from Phoenix to Peoria.
- Distance from Old Town Scottsdale: 2 miles
- Newly renovated rooms feature updated bedding, new TVs, and iPod docking stations.
- A room with a view: Superior rooms overlook the pool.
- Mexican eats: Sample street tacos, ceviche, and chimichangas at Papi Chulo's Mexican Grill and Cantina. Some of this deal's options include a $30 daily dining credit.
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 is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city's Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
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.