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Popular amenities for Scottsdale vacation rentals

Stay near Scottsdale's top sights

Scottsdale Fashion Square761 locals recommend
Phoenix Zoo864 locals recommend
Old Town Scottsdale1,378 locals recommend
Papago Park543 locals recommend
Desert Botanical Garden1,231 locals recommend
Casino Arizona109 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Scottsdale

  • Total rentals

    8.6K properties

  • Total number of reviews

    248K reviews

  • Family-friendly rentals

    6.4K properties are a good fit for families

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    2.9K properties allow pets

  • Rentals with a pool

    7.4K properties have a pool

  • Rentals with dedicated workspaces

    5.3K properties have a dedicated workspace

Your guide to Scottsdale

All About Scottsdale

Desert living comes with an air of sophistication in Scottsdale, with more than 200 area golf courses and 50 luxury spas. Located in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert at the bottom of the McDowell Mountains, the city sits in the center of the area’s cultural hubs: a few miles south of Paradise Valley, six miles north of Tempe, about 13 miles northeast of Phoenix, 20 miles southwest of Fountain Hills, less than 20 miles southeast of Glendale, and 30 miles south of the Western town of Cave Creek. With upscale dining in North Scottsdale, shopping centers in Kierland Commons, vibrant nightlife in Old Town, and plenty of natural wonders to explore — whether it’s hiking Camelback Mountain or driving the Apache Trail — every Scottsdale experience comes with a distinctly Southwestern flavor.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Scottsdale

With 330 days of sun a year, it’s always the right time to pack light clothing for a Scottsdale visit. The sizzling desert heat reaches triple digits in the summer, with average highs above 100 degrees Fahrenheit and lows in the high 60s and 70s from June through September. Winter days remain warm with highs in the high 60s to low 70s, but lows can dip down into the high 30s and 40s, so always carry a jacket or extra layers. March, April, and November strike a balance, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s — the perfect months for outdoor adventures without the scorching heat or the chilly night air.

Top things to do in Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale is better known as Old Town, but it's filled with contemporary Fifth Avenue shops, local coffee shops, and boutiques with a dose of Southwestern spirit. Turn back time in the Historic Old Town section around Scottsdale Road and East Main Street, where the buildings date to the turn of the 20th century. Stop by the Little Red School House, built in 1909, now home to Scottsdale Historical Museum.

McDowell Sonoran Preserve

With more than 225 miles of trails on its 30,550 acres, the preserve is a protected desert habitat filled with cacti forest, geological formations, and wildlife.

Taliesin West

Tours are available through the architect’s winter home, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage site and also a working architecture school.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

The 30-acre park offers rides on the Paradise and Pacific Railroad, as well as the vintage carved Scottsdale Charros Carousel from the 1950s.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Scottsdale?

    Scottsdale enjoys a warm desert climate, with hot summers and mild winters. Summer temperatures typically reach 100°F (38°C) or higher, while winter temperatures range from 40°F to 70°F (4°C to 21°C). The area receives little rainfall, contributing to its vast, unique desert landscape.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Scottsdale?

    In Scottsdale, you can explore the Old Town's art galleries and shops, hike in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, or learn about the region's history at Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West. The city's vibrant food scene, with a variety of unique restaurants, is also a popular attraction.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Scottsdale?

    Scottsdale is often most visited between January and April when the weather is comfortably cool. This is also the time of the popular events including the Scottsdale Arts Festival, the Parada del Sol Parade, and the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

  • What are the best places to stay in Scottsdale?

    Old Town Scottsdale is a popular area to stay, known for its vibrant arts scene and a range of eateries. North Scottsdale, home to natural attractions like Pinnacle Peak Park, is also frequently suggested. For a quieter stay, consider Paradise Valley, which is close to Camelback Mountain.

  • What are the best places to visit in Scottsdale?

    A few notable places to visit in Scottsdale include the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and the Old Town Scottsdale. For animal lovers, Butterfly Wonderland and the OdySea Aquarium are also often recommended.

  • What are some hiking trails in Scottsdale?

    Scottsdale is cherished for its vast desert landscape, which invites explorers to traverse trails such as the Pinnacle Peak Park Trail, the Tom's Thumb Trailhead, and the Lost Dog Wash Trail. Each one offers a unique experience of the mountainous terrain, with elevations ranging from 2,000 to 3,000 feet (610 to 914 meters).

  • What are some family activities to do in Scottsdale?

    Scottsdale has plenty of activities that are enjoyed by families. Some family-friendly options include a visit to the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, the OdySea Aquarium, and the Butterfly Wonderland. Families can also explore the Desert Botanical Garden or take a guided tour of Scottsdale's desert environment.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Scottsdale?

    Scottsdale provides easy access to various day trip destinations. Consider exploring the red rock formations of Sedona, the ghost town of Jerome, or the Goldfield Ghost Town. The Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is also a frequently suggested day trip option.

  • What types of vacation rentals are available in Scottsdale?

    Uncover the perfect home-away-from-home with our diverse selection of vacation rentals in Scottsdale. From over 220 villa rentals, over 3,940 house rentals to over 1,980 condo rentals, we've got you covered. For even more variety, explore our Airbnb Categories to find the ideal space for your getaway.

  • Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Scottsdale?

    Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 5,260 vacation rentals in Scottsdale featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.

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