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3.5-Star Mystery Hotel with Easy Access to Golf
The Sonoran Desert stretches across southwestern Arizona, creating a flat and arid landscape dotted with saguaro cacti. The relatively even terrain makes it a nice spot for golf, and many courses in the area incorporate existing dunes and native plants into their design. Scottsdale alone is home to more than 200 golf courses—spanning a mix of traditional, links, and desert course designs—and consistently ranks as one of the top golfing destinations in the United States. This mystery hotel is a short drive from several top golf resorts and just 10 minutes north of Old Town, Scottsdale’s historic downtown area.
After a day of exploring Scottsdale, head back to your hotel to cool off in the outdoor pool or the air-conditioned comfort of your superior guest room. Each room has a private balcony or patio where you can get nice views of the surrounding desert. Some overlook Camelback Mountain, a rocky summit between Scottsdale and Phoenix that’s crisscrossed with mountain trails.
There are a few dining options at the mystery hotel, including an upscale restaurant where you can dine alfresco on steaks and seafood. Craft beer and cocktails are on the menu, too; try the prickly-pear margarita, a Scottsdale favorite.
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.
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