Scottsdale is brimming with a variety of things to do that include many cultural and entertainment venues. The Luxe at Desert Ridge is recognized as one of the best destination locations in the southwest. When it comes to shopping, the city is widely known for its very diverse shops and boutiques as well as wonderful dining opportunities for almost every palate. Scottsdale also features the region’s best well-known nightclub districts. The city nightclub district has been rated as one of the tops in the nation and is comparable to some of the top major city nightclub districts such as those in New York and Los Angeles.
There are ample unique activities that Scottsdale boasts, including casino gambling and resort entertainment at the Talking Stick Gambling Casino. Just on the outskirts of the city, this Native American resort and casino offers a variety of shows, gambling and golf opportunities for visitors and residents.
Because Scottsdale is in the heart of the southwest, it also offers wonderful historic museums and beautiful art galleries. In fact, Scottsdale is home to a total of 125 art studios and galleries which include some of the best in Native American works and western themed artworks. However, it also features an extensive contemporary art presence. It is widely acknowledged as being in the top five art gallery cities in America.
There is also one of America’s most loved and attended rodeos in the country. The Parada del Sol is an annual Scottsdale event featuring some of the best in the American southwest and rodeo culture. It is a month-long rodeo event that starts in February each year. The event is co-sponsored by the city of Scottsdale and the Jaycees.
The Parada del Sol events are attended annually by over 30,000 people. It showcases the best of the traditions of America’s Native American culture and history as well as the history and culture of the American Cowboys of the great Southwest Territories. The city also offers lovely theaters and a large West World exhibition complex that is well known for housing some of the areas biggest events including a wide array of equestrian events.
For those who love the sport of golf, Scottsdale is ranked among the top-tiered golf and resort destinations in the world. Annually, the city is the host to the Phoenix Open. The city features over 200 golf courses throughout the city. The Scottsdale National Golf Club has won awards for offering some of the best in American golf.
Scottsdale Higher Education Opportunities
The city of Scottsdale also has premier higher education opportunities. The city is home to the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, University of Phoenix, the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and the Gateway Seminary. Because it is located within close proximity to Phoenix, many students also commute to Grand Canyon University, Arizona Christian University, Phoenix Seminary, DeVry University, and Arizona Summit Law School as well as many more.