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Phoenix, 2 Days


Table of contents:
Guide Description 2
Itinerary Overview 3
Daily Itineraries 5
Phoenix Snapshot 11




                              1
Guide Description




AUTHOR NOTE: Phoenix is a booming city, as well as one that
is bursting with life and the arts. This city in the desert attracts
many artists of all disciplines and gives anyone who wishes to
enter its galleries all they could want. Along with these passionate
galleries are chefs who care just as much, with names like Razz's
Restaurant and Bar, you should be able to tell what you are in
for... a great time in Phoenix.




                                                                       2
                                                                                                                                   things to do
Itinerary Overview                                                                                                                  restaurants
                                                                                                                                          hotels
                                                                                                                                        nightlife



Day 1 - Phoenix                                                                       Cricket Pavilion
                                                                                      Fabulous open-air amphitheater
DAY NOTE: Phoenix is a bursting with life and there is no
better place to witness this than downtown. The Hotel Mondrian
Scottsdale is just the place, situated in downtown Scottsdale, it is                  Mondrian Scottsdale
just a short walk to the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a look                   See and be seen
for yourself and head to the Civic Center Mall and other nearby
attractions. First stop Cosanti Originals, this is an amazing artistic
venue featuring the handcrafted earthen works of Paolo Soleri.
These creations are of limited edition and are extremely rare, so        Day 2 - Phoenix
either grab one for your own enjoyment or peruse the selection
that he offers at his gallery. From one form of art to another you       DAY NOTE: When it is finally time to drag yourself out of
will be delighted with Razz's Restaurant and Bar where Chef              your comfortable beds at the Mondrian, do not worry - the first
"Razz" will be stun you with his classic entrees made with his own       stop of the day is just downtown at the Scottsdale Museum of
innovative ingredients. This restaurant is not only a feast for your     Contemporary art, and either a quick walk, or an even quicker taxi
stomach but also for your eyes, the creative contemporary cuisine        ride, will give you plenty of time to enjoy their array of artwork.
goes along well with the artwork of the restaurant, featuring            This museum is especially unique because of its free art lectures
some of Chef Razz's personal work. In keeping with the theme             and poetry readings. One of the coolest things is their forums
of Phoenix and its art, next stop is Work of the Artists Gallery         which allow you to speak directly with the artists of your favorite
where you will be able to peruse over 200 local artists work. They       works. From here head over to Rinaldi's on Third a pick up one
have a wide array of artwork ranging from sculptures to prints,          of their renowned lunch sandwiches and head over to one of the
clocks, poetry and more. This eclectic collection is updated daily       nearby parks to enjoy the beautiful weather of Phoenix. You can
so it is never the same experience. Just a short distance away is        also save your sandwiches and enjoy them at the next stop the
the Hilton Village where you can check out the shopping scene            Phoenix Zoo. They have a wide selection of picnic areas, so it is
in Phoenix. Within this village is a great collection of well know       up to you. As you walk the Forest of the Uco and African Trails
upscale stores to local and award winning boutiques for both             you will feel as if you are really in Africa, with its variety of species
men and women. Medizona is one of the hottest restaurants                from lions to giraffes. Be sure to look at not just the animals but
in downtown Phoenix with its creative coupling of Greek and              the habitats that have been created for them, they are amazing.
Southwestern food. Be sure to book a table in advance because            Walking to Africa and back again is sure to work up quite the
this place is happening. After a great dinner at Medizona it is          appetite, and Monti's La Casa Vieja is just the place for you to fill
time to head over to the Cricket Pavilion to catch your favorite         up. If possible sit outside on their patios and enjoy the great view
act performing in this open air amphitheater with award winning          of the lake. They have a very creative menu ranging from steaks
acoustics. Refreshments and food are available during the show           and seafood to ostrich fillet! After good food, what is better than
as well.                                                                 good music? The Marquee theatre is a smaller local venue that
                                                                         still attracts big names and is a great show. Be ready for a great
                                                                         general admission show with plenty of beer and good times. After
             Cosanti Originals                                           the show you can either head back to those amazing beds at the
                                                                         Mondrian or head over to Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and
             Handcrafted artwork by Paolo Soleri
                                                                         down a few of their lagers or ales, which are brewed in house.
                                                                         This brewery is a great visit with its lively atmosphere, and is a
             Razz's Restaurant & Bar                                     perfect place to enjoy your night in Phoenix.
             Artful dining and decor

             Work of Artists Gallery                                                  Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary
             Local artistry                                                           Art
                                                                                      Fostering creative expression
             Hilton Village                                                           Rinaldi's on Third
             Outdoor strip mall                                                       Italian deli sandwiches

             Medizona                                                                 Phoenix Zoo
             Athens meets Arizona                                                     Captivating critters call this home




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                                     things to do
Itinerary Overview                    restaurants
                                            hotels
                                          nightlife



    Monti's La Casa Vieja
    Sizzling steaks and seafood

    Marquee Theatre
    A mark of good music!

    Gordon Biersch Brewing Company
    Bustling brew pub

    Mondrian Scottsdale
    See and be seen




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Day 1 - Phoenix
                                                                                                QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: Phoenix is a bursting with life and there is no better place to witness this than downtown. The Hotel Mondrian Scottsdale
is just the place, situated in downtown Scottsdale, it is just a short walk to the hustle and bustle of the city. Take a look for yourself
and head to the Civic Center Mall and other nearby attractions. First stop Cosanti Originals, this is an amazing artistic venue featuring
the handcrafted earthen works of Paolo Soleri. These creations are of limited edition and are extremely rare, so either grab one for
your own enjoyment or peruse the selection that he offers at his gallery. From one form of art to another you will be delighted with
Razz's Restaurant and Bar where Chef "Razz" will be stun you with his classic entrees made with his own innovative ingredients. This
restaurant is not only a feast for your stomach but also for your eyes, the creative contemporary cuisine goes along well with the artwork
of the restaurant, featuring some of Chef Razz's personal work. In keeping with the theme of Phoenix and its art, next stop is Work of the
Artists Gallery where you will be able to peruse over 200 local artists work. They have a wide array of artwork ranging from sculptures to
prints, clocks, poetry and more. This eclectic collection is updated daily so it is never the same experience. Just a short distance away is
the Hilton Village where you can check out the shopping scene in Phoenix. Within this village is a great collection of well know upscale
stores to local and award winning boutiques for both men and women. Medizona is one of the hottest restaurants in downtown Phoenix
with its creative coupling of Greek and Southwestern food. Be sure to book a table in advance because this place is happening. After a
great dinner at Medizona it is time to head over to the Cricket Pavilion to catch your favorite act performing in this open air amphitheater
with award winning acoustics. Refreshments and food are available during the show as well.




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Day 1 - continued...



                                 1 Cosanti Originals
contact:
tel: +1 800 752 3187
http://www.cosanti.com
                                DESCRIPTION: This boutique features handcrafted wind-bells and
location:                       sculptures by artist Paolo Soleri. All purchases go to fund the ongoing
85253                           development of Soleri's famous Arcosanti, his version of the merging
                                of architecture and ecology. The ceramic is blended from Arizona clay,
hours:                          stoneware and water. Pieces are cast-molded from a "slip," hand carved
9a-5p M-Sa, 11a-5p Su           with designs, and then kiln fired. Bronze bells have also been produced
                                since 1959, using a sand-casting method. The purchase of any of these
                                unusual and beautiful gift items supports important artistic work. ©
                                wcities.com
                                                                                                              .


                                 2 Razz's Restaurant & Bar
contact:
tel: 1 480 905 1308
fax: +1 480 596 4088
http://www.razzsrestaurant.co   DESCRIPTION: Artistic and charismatic chef/owner Erasmo "Razz" Kamnitzer brings the pleasures
m                               of the palette to the palate with attractive and creative contemporary cuisine. Incorporating his own
                                homegrown fresh herbs and edible flowers, Chef Razz uses classical techniques and innovative
location:                       ingredients in unique preparations like his signature Duck Cakes, Bah Mie Goreng (Indonesian-
10315 N. Scottsdale Road        style spicy noodles), a Beggar's Pouch of lobster, shrimp, crab and vegetables and a "Razz-style"
Scottsdale AZ 85253             Bouillabaisse. The chef's own paintings are among those displayed. © wcities.com

hours:
Tu-Sa 5p-10p


                                 3 Work of Artists Gallery
contact:
tel: +1 480 596 0304
fax: +1 480 596 0311
http://www.workofartists.com/   DESCRIPTION: Unique offerings from more than 200 artists
                                are gathered together for your shopping pleasure. Choose from
location:                       cool sculptures, prints, clocks, Native American art and pottery.
10835 North Tatum Blvd          Famous Cosanti Collection wind chimes make thoughtful
Phoenix AZ 85028                gifts or souvenirs of Arizona, and the proceeds from these
                                purchases help support continued Arcosanti construction.            .
hours:                          Driftwood welcome signs are displayed next to horseshoe art in
10a-9p M-Sa, 10a-6p Su          this eclectic exhibit. New items are added daily, so feel free to
                                visit often to find one-of-a-kind art. © wcities.com



                                 4 Hilton Village
contact:
tel: +1 480 998 1822

location:
                                DESCRIPTION: This upscale, outdoor strip mall features shops including the Doll House, which
6137 North Scottsdale Road      offers an array of miniatures and collectible dolls. Other stores include the Beach Scene for
Scottsdale AZ 85250             women's swim suits, and the award-winning clothing boutique, Uh-Oh. The Rose Petaler will satisfy
                                your flower addiction. For men, find the Exclusively Big & Tall shop and Tux & Tails for stylish
                                fashion. If you find you have worked up an appetite trying to decide what to purchase, try the
                                Veneto Trattoria for fine Italian cuisine. © wcities.com




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Day 1 - continued...



                                5 Medizona
contact:
tel: 1 480 947 9500                                                                                             wcities
fax: +1 480 970 1862
www.medizonarestaurant.co      DESCRIPTION: This is sure to be one of the hottest
m                              restaurants in town for a very long time. Be sure to request
                               reservations far in advance. Lamb, eggplant and imported
location:                      cheeses along with a generous scattering of chiles makes this
7217 E. Fourth Avenue          menu a unique combination of Greek and Southwestern. A
Scottsdale AZ 85251            well-designed wine list features many international selections
                               by the glass and by the bottle. © wcities.com
hours:
Mon-Sat 6pm-10pm


                                6 Cricket Pavilion
contact:
tel: 602 254 7200
http://cricket-pavilion.com
                               DESCRIPTION: This open-air amphitheater, which opened in
location:                      1990, offers approximately 8,000 reserved seats in the open-
85035                          air pavilion and more than 11,000 seats on the lawn. The
                               fan-cooled pavilion offers theater-style seats and high-tech
                               acoustics, making this an enjoyable setting. Previous concerts
                               held here include top names like Dave Matthews, Aerosmith,
                                                                                                       Cricket Pavilion
                               India Arie, and Britney Spears. Refreshments and food are
                               available. Ticket prices vary; call +1 480 784 4444, +1 520 321
                               1000, go to any Ticketmaster office, or visit the Ticketmaster
                               Web site. © wcities.com



                                7 Mondrian Scottsdale
contact:
tel: 480-308-1100
fax: 480 308 1200
http://www.mondrianscottsdal   DESCRIPTION: This 194-room urban resort overlooks
e.com/                         the Scottsdale Mall gardens and draws its inspiration from
                               nature, the outdoors, and casual living—aiming to capture
location:                      the quintessential Arizona lifestyle. After nighttime action in a
7353 East Indian School        packed bar/lounge and in a contemporary-Italian restaurant
Road                           spun off from an acclaimed New York spot, guests retreat to a       .
Scottsdale AZ 85251            courtyard with two pools. Guestroom feature platform beds with
                               300-thread-count bedding and European pillowtop mattresses
                               topped off with six pillows. Also included are iPod dock stations
                               and Agua bath products.




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Day 2 - Phoenix
                                                                                                 QUICK NOTE




DAY NOTE: When it is finally time to drag yourself out of your comfortable beds at the Mondrian, do not worry - the first stop of the day
is just downtown at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary art, and either a quick walk, or an even quicker taxi ride, will give you
plenty of time to enjoy their array of artwork. This museum is especially unique because of its free art lectures and poetry readings.
One of the coolest things is their forums which allow you to speak directly with the artists of your favorite works. From here head over
to Rinaldi's on Third a pick up one of their renowned lunch sandwiches and head over to one of the nearby parks to enjoy the beautiful
weather of Phoenix. You can also save your sandwiches and enjoy them at the next stop the Phoenix Zoo. They have a wide selection
of picnic areas, so it is up to you. As you walk the Forest of the Uco and African Trails you will feel as if you are really in Africa, with its
variety of species from lions to giraffes. Be sure to look at not just the animals but the habitats that have been created for them, they are
amazing. Walking to Africa and back again is sure to work up quite the appetite, and Monti's La Casa Vieja is just the place for you to fill
up. If possible sit outside on their patios and enjoy the great view of the lake. They have a very creative menu ranging from steaks and
seafood to ostrich fillet! After good food, what is better than good music? The Marquee theatre is a smaller local venue that still attracts
big names and is a great show. Be ready for a great general admission show with plenty of beer and good times. After the show you can
either head back to those amazing beds at the Mondrian or head over to Gordon Biersch Brewing Company and down a few of their
lagers or ales, which are brewed in house. This brewery is a great visit with its lively atmosphere, and is a perfect place to enjoy your
night in Phoenix.




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Day 2 - continued...



                                  1 Scottsdale Museum of
contact:
tel: +1 480 994 2787
http://www.scottsdalearts.org/         Contemporary Art
location:                        DESCRIPTION: This Scottsdale museum displays a large
7374 E 2nd St                    variety of frequently changing contemporary art exhibits and
                                 special events for adults and families. Photographs, paintings
Scottsdale AZ 85251
                                 and sculpture are just some of the highlighted talents. Devoted
                                 to the art, architecture and design of our time, SMoCA offers
hours:
                                 free art lectures, symposiums, workshops and poetry readings,          .
W noon-5p, Th 10a-8p, F-Sa       providing a forum where visitors can interact with contemporary
10a-5p, Su noon-5p               artists. Free for children 15 and under. Free admission every
                                 Thursday. © wcities.com



                                  2 Rinaldi's on Third
contact:
tel: 1 480 921 9344
fax: +1 480 921 0253
                                 DESCRIPTION: A great place to pick up a take-out order and head for a nearby park. The deli
location:                        features piled-high sandwiches, antipastos, Greek and Tortellini salads and a few pasta entrees.
51 West Third Street             You can also get gyros, burritos and tacos. For a sweet finish, there's Tiramisu, Baklava, brownies
Tempe AZ 85281                   and bread pudding. Just a few booths and tables are available for dining in. The deli counter is the
                                 focus of all the action here. © wcities.com
hours:
7a-6p M-F, 9a-6p Sa


                                  3 Phoenix Zoo
contact:
tel: +1 602 273 1341
fax: +1 602 273 7078
http://www.phoenixzoo.org        DESCRIPTION: Spend a relaxing day wandering through
                                 the Forest of Uco or the African Trail. Carefully crafted and
location:                        maintained, the exhibits here are eco-friendly and educational
455 North Galvin Parkway         in nature. Younger visitors will thrill to ride a tractor at Harmony
Phoenix AZ 85008                 Farm and pet live animals in the barnyard. Nearly every
                                 conceivable animal resides here, from meerkats to lions and
hours:                                                                                                         Photo courtesy of Phoenix Zoo
                                 baboons to giraffes. This privately-owned zoo is refuge to
Summer: 7a-8p daily, Winter:     thousands of animals. Parking is free. Children two and under
9a-5p daily                      are admitted free. © wcities.com



                                  4 Monti's La Casa Vieja
contact:
tel: 1 480 967 7594
fax: +1 480 967 8129
montis.com                       DESCRIPTION: Upscale lodge decor and mid-range menu pricing make
                                 this a popular neighborhood-dining destination in North Scottsdale.
location:                        Steaks and seafood top the classic American menu with Southwestern
100 S. Mill Avenue               accents. Among the more unique options are the Ostrich Filet, prepared
Tempe AZ 85281                   Teriyaki style, and the spicy Brazilian Shrimp Diabolo. Patio dining offers
                                 spectacular views of the nearby McDowell Mountains. © wcities.com
hours:
11a-10p M-Th, 11a-11p F-Sa,
closed Su
                                                                                                                                     wcities




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Day 2 - continued...



                                 5 Marquee Theatre
contact:
tel: +1 480 829 0607 / +1 480
829 1300 (Box Office)
fax: +1 480 829 1552            DESCRIPTION: This venue is a great place to catch a live musical concert
http://www.luckymanonline.co    in the whole of Tempe. Various bands - local and international, are known
m/venues.aspx                   to perform here. So if you're a true music lover, then attending a concert
                                at Marquee would make for a great experience, what with all the swaying
location:                       crowds, old and new crooners, beer and plenty of parking space. Tickets
85281                           can be booked at the box office or through phone orders. © wcities.com

hours:
Box Office: 10:30a-7p M-F,
1p-5p Sa                                                                                                     team obama 08



                                 6 Gordon Biersch Brewing
contact:
tel: 480 736 0033
fax: +1 480 557 8930                  Company
http://www.gordonbiersch.co
                                DESCRIPTION: College towns and brewpubs seem to go
m/                              together, but this is one place that you don't have to be a
                                student to enjoy. The space is large and lofty, with brewing
location:
                                equipment in obvious evidence. If it goes great with beer, you
420 South Mill Avenue           are likely to find it on the menu here. Assortments of appetizers,
Tempe AZ 85281                  sandwiches, poultry, beef, and seafood entrees are designed                         wcities
                                to complement the restaurant's brewed-in-house lagers, ales,
hours:                          porters and stouts. Live music schedule varies. © wcities.com
11a-11p Su-Th, 11a-midnight
F-Sa


                                 7 Mondrian Scottsdale
contact:
tel: 480-308-1100
fax: 480 308 1200
http://www.mondrianscottsdal    DESCRIPTION: This 194-room urban resort overlooks
e.com/                          the Scottsdale Mall gardens and draws its inspiration from
                                nature, the outdoors, and casual living—aiming to capture
location:                       the quintessential Arizona lifestyle. After nighttime action in a
7353 East Indian School         packed bar/lounge and in a contemporary-Italian restaurant
Road                            spun off from an acclaimed New York spot, guests retreat to a        .
Scottsdale AZ 85251             courtyard with two pools. Guestroom feature platform beds with
                                300-thread-count bedding and European pillowtop mattresses
                                topped off with six pillows. Also included are iPod dock stations
                                and Agua bath products.




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Phoenix Snapshot
History                                           electric plants in the West located here.      Arizona State University in Tempe, another
                                                  Transportation progressed with the first       important step in the Valley's expansion.
Phoenix: Phoenix has a history dating             horse-drawn streetcar line built along
back to 700 CE, evidenced by the Pueblo                                                          Migration to the Valley continues to earn
                                                  Washington Street in 1887, and strides
Grande Ruins, the remains of a civilized,                                                        Phoenix the distinction as one of the fastest
                                                  in transportation would be the primary
resourceful and industrious community that                                                       growing areas in the country. Each year
                                                  factor in the growth of the city. The long
inhabited the area. This early civilization                                                      golfing enthusiasts converge in droves,
                                                  anticipated arrival of the Southern Pacific
constructed an irrigation system consisting                                                      earning Phoenix a reputation as a premier
                                                  Railroad rolled into the station soon after.
of 135 canals tapping into the Salt River,                                                       golfing location. Arizona is one of the few
                                                  The next few years brought with them
which provided water for the fertile lands.                                                      states in the country to host a major league
                                                  triumphs and tragedies with the installation
Mysteriously, this ancient civilization                                                          team in all sports. Following the happenings
                                                  of the first telephone system and the worst
disappeared in the 1400s, with a severe                                                          of local teams is an integral part of the
                                                  flood in Valley history. The 1902 signing
drought being the most widely accepted                                                           Phoenix lifestyle. The Arizona Cardinals,
                                                  of the National Reclamation Act made it
cause for their demise. Later, Native                                                            tracing their roots to 1898, have the
                                                  possible to build dams on western streams,
Americans roving the area and witnessing                                                         distinction of being the oldest continuously
                                                  and the Salt River Valley Water Users'
the ruins and canals dubbed their creators                                                       run professional football franchise in the
                                                  Association was formed to manage the
the Hohokam, meaning"the people who                                                              nation. The Phoenix Suns burst onto the
                                                  city's most precious commodity, its water
have gone."                                                                                      scene in 1968 and have entertained Valley
                                                  supply.
                                                                                                 residents for decades with their superb
It was not until 1867 that the seeds for          Arizona gained its statehood with the          skills on the court. The new franchise
modern day Phoenix were planted.                  approval of President William Howard Taft      known as the Phoenix Coyotes debuted in
Traveling on horseback, Jack Swilling             on February 14, 1912. Thus began a new         1996, and the long awaited dream of having
of Wickenburg stopped to take a rest,             era; the farming community declined and        a baseball team became a reality in 1998
looked out upon the vast expanse of desert,       Phoenix became a booming metropolis.           with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Residents
experienced the favorable weather and             Within eight years Phoenix boasted a           and visitors alike enjoy the new Bank One
envisioned a farming community. The               population of 29,000, a total of 1,080         Ballpark, the only sports facility in the world
lack of available water was the primary           buildings had been constructed and the         featuring a retractable roof.
obstacle, so he organized the Swilling            Heard Building, Arizona's first skyscraper,
Irrigation Canal Company to divert water                                                         Just as the phoenix rose from the ashes
                                                  loomed over the city.
to the Valley's land. The year 1868 brought                                                      of ruin, so has this city grown from a lost
with it the area's first crops. A small colony,   Fueled by the declaration of war, the first    civilization to a major economic, cultural
Swillings Mill was formed four miles east of      true economic boom in Phoenix history          and sports center in the short span of
modern day Phoenix. The idea for a new            occurred in the 1940s. Home to Luke            130 years. There is no indication that
name for the tiny settlement was born from        Field, Williams Field, Falcon Field and the    the present migration to the Valley of the
the idea that, just as the legendary phoenix      giant training center at Hyder, Phoenix        Sun will be slowing any time soon, as the
rises up from the ashes, the new town             became the temporary home to thousands         climate continues to lure snowbirds and
would spring from the ruins of a former           of military men. Having been smitten with      businesses. Today's new pioneers owe
civilization.                                     the Arizona lifestyle, many of these men       a debt of gratitude to their counterparts
                                                  returned with their families after the war.    who so graciously paved the way to the
The late 1860s and 1870s brought                  Determined to continue the economic            magnificent modern day city we now enjoy.
continued growth to the area with the             rise, local economic boosters targeted
addition of a post office and steam mill,                                                        Scottsdale: The historical roots of
                                                  companies like Motorola, General Electric
sounding the horn of emerging industry.                                                          Scottsdale run deep in agriculture, which
                                                  and Reynolds Aluminum, describing
With the influx of pioneers continuing, by                                                       Native people were the first to develop.
                                                  Phoenix as the"new modern city of the
1870 Phoenix became the trade center of                                                          Prior to written history, the Hohokam
                                                  West." Banks issued loans freely and
the Southwest and earned a reputation as a                                                       farmed this area, from about 300-1500
                                                  newspapers praised the Valley as a
wild, lawless western town. The first county                                                     CE. These resourceful people built a
                                                  great place to live. The opening of Sky
election held in 1871 resulted in a gun                                                          unique irrigation system that included
                                                  Harbor Airport and the newly affordable air
battle between candidates. The two men,                                                          more than 200 miles of complex canals.
                                                  conditioning systems in homes, businesses
J.A. Chenowth and Jim Favorite, engaged                                                          Believed to have originated in Mexico, the
                                                  and cars gave a major boost to the tourism
in a shooting match resulting in Favorite's                                                      Hohokam traveled to the Central Arizona
                                                  industry, which still flourishes today.
death and Chenowth's withdrawal from the                                                         area sometime around 300 CE, forming an
race. Tom Barnum became the first sheriff         The 1950s brought with it the beginning        agricultural community. Progressive farming
of Mariposa County, which was formed              of a cultural community, with the Heard        techniques afforded this ingenious group
when Yavapai County was divided.                  Museum, Phoenix Art Museum and                 the opportunity to support a larger than
                                                  the Phoenix Symphony at its core. The          normal community for that time period.
The town site was officially recorded on          community supported the growth of a
February 15, 1873 and incorporated in                                                            Around 1500 CE, this group appears to
                                                  small teachers college into what is now
1881. The beginnings of a bustling city                                                          have mysteriously vanished for reasons
could be seen, complete with the first                                                           that remain unclear. The local Pima Indians

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Phoenix Snapshot continued
originally referred to these industrious and       both the need to preserve the past while
                                                                                                   The area along Camelback Road between
intelligent people as the Hohokam, which           ensuring a successful future.
                                                                                                   24th Street and 44th Street is Phoenix's
translates"Vanished Ones." Theories have           © wcities.com
                                                                                                   upscale shopping, business and residential
arisen regarding their disappearance, with
                                                                                                   district. It is home to the Biltmore Fashion
plausible explanations including plague or
                                                   Hotel Insights                                  Park shopping mall, an upscale enclave of
drought.
                                                                                                   shopping and dining choices. The history
Early European settlers found the area             Phoenix: While many of our American             and sophisticated elegance of the Arizona
enchanting, and many continued the                 counterparts are shoveling snow and             Biltmore Resort and Spa places it head
farming tradition. The founder of Scottsdale,      battling the flu, Phoenicians are attending     and shoulders above all of the hotels and
Winfield Scott, moved to the area on the           outdoor concerts, strolling around              resorts in the Phoenix area. Reminiscent
advice of his brother who had relocated            neighborhood art and wine festivals,            of Frank Lloyd Wright's style, resort rooms
with his wife to the Valley of the Sun             and barbecuing poolside. It is for these        are large and delightfully comfortable and
due to health concerns. The two men                reasons that the winter is considered"high      include patios or balconies. Tee off on the
farmed together, producing peanuts, sweet          season" by resorts and hotels in Phoenix.       18-hole golf courses, or take to the water in
potatoes and oranges.                              Accommodations range from luxury to             one of five swimming pools.
                                                   budget, with most offering pools and
Low humidity levels and low pollen counts          whirlpools. The highest concentrations of       Other first rate accommodations in the east
brought many here in the early years that          resorts in the Phoenix area are located in      valley include The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix,
had allergies or other chronic ailments.           three areas: Downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale       the lovely Royal Palms and the Embassy
As the population grew, the need for more          and North-Central Phoenix near the              Suites-Phoenix Biltmore, widely recognized
services arose. In 1896, the first one-room        Metrocenter Mall.                               for its gorgeous pink exterior. A few miles to
schoolhouse appeared. Fewer than 2,000                                                             the east you'll find the premium facilities at
people lived in this farming community at          Downtown Phoenix                                the Phoenician Resort, complete with golf
that time.                                         Downtown Phoenix, primarily a financial         and fine dining.
More people began visiting and relocating          and government district, is the home of         North-Central Phoenix
to the area, enjoying the clean air and            City Hall. Cultural activities and night life
                                                   are centered in Copper Square and the           Near the Metrocenter Mall, off Interstate
abundant spaces. J.L. Davis opened the
                                                   Arizona Center. Home to some of the most        17, you'll find a host of lodging located
first retail store in 1897 in order to serve the
                                                   luxurious accommodations in Maricopa            near shopping and dining. Choose the
needs of the people. World War I brought
                                                   County, the Crowne Plaza is the best place      Four Points by Sheraton or the newer
with it a demand for the long fibered Pima
                                                   to stay downtown. The Mediterranean             Sheraton Crescent Hotel, both of which
cotton produced by Scottsdale farmers.
                                                   theme extends from the public areas to          offer many amenities and a convenient
In 1920, the invention of the cotton gin
                                                   each one of the elegantly appointed guest       location. If you need a longer stay, try the
made it possible to process this resource.
                                                   rooms. Room appointments are aimed              new Hawthorn Suites or the SpringHill
More services and jobs continued to cause
                                                   at making life easier for business people.      Suites, which have services suitable for
population growth.
                                                   Facilities include a fitness room, swimming     extended accommodation.
Maybe it's in the subtle continuity of the         pool and a jogging track. Another good          Downtown Scottsdale
spacious vistas, or the natural order of the       choice downtown is the Hotel San Carlos.
desert wildlife. Whatever the attraction,          This beautiful Italian Renaissance style        Swanky accommodations are also available
many designers and artists are drawn to            hotel offers European luxury. Hollywood's       a little further east on Resort Row in
this area, among them Frank Lloyd Wright           Golden Age movie icons are said to have         Scottsdale, which is known as"the West's
and Paolo Soleri.                                  frequented this posh spot with its rooftop      most Western town." Resort Row is the
                                                   swimming pool.                                  name given to the portion of Scottsdale
The 1940s brought World War II and a need
                                                                                                   Road that extends between Indian School
for pilots, so a training facility was built in    The Hyatt Regency's sky-high rooms              Road and Shea Boulevard. Excellent
the location that is currently the Scottsdale      offer incredible views of Arizona sunsets       shopping can be found at the distinctive
Airport.                                           combined with the excitement of downtown        Borgata. Stay in top notch accommodations
Incorporated in 1951, Scottsdale's                 city lights. Fine American cuisine              at Scottsdale Plaza Resort or Marriott's
popularity as a vacationing oasis has              is available at the on site Compass             new Renaissance Cottonwoods. Premium
since increased substantially. Mayor               Restaurant, which features an outstanding       lakeside facilities, as well as golf with
Malcolm White first coined the well-known          360 degree view of the city below.              a view, can be enjoyed at the Regal
phrase calling Scottsdale"the West's most          Following along Interstate-10 near Tempe,       McCormick Ranch.
Western town." Catering to both leisure            you'll find excellent accommodation at
                                                   the Radisson Hotel at University with its       The Inn At The Citadel has managed to
and business travelers, the community
                                                   six-story waterfall. Other facilities with      distinguish itself among its counterparts.
successfully found ways to balance
                                                   freeway access include the Buttes or            The antique and original art in each of
                                                   the Pointe South Mountain Resort which          rooms gives visitors the feeling that their
                                                   offer both lovely views and elegant dining      room was designed especially for them.
                                                   experiences.                                    The large bathrooms are marbled, with lace
                                                                                                   shower curtains. Additional resorts, also

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with superior surroundings and amenities         memorable sunsets and mountain views.            thirteen million dollar renovation and offers
include the Doubletree La Posada Resort          Nearby shopping is an exciting experience        conference facilities in multiple rooms.
and the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess             at the exclusive Borgata of Scottsdale.
                                                                                                  To the far eastern area is the lovely town
in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Princess           Another great luxury stay is in Merv Griffin's
                                                                                                  of Fountain Hills. Cited as one of the best
features tennis courts and extensive             Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas featuring
                                                                                                  places to raise kids, it features what is
conference facilities. Play at the beautiful     the adjacent Fleming's for fine dining. The
                                                                                                  reportedly the world's tallest fountain in a
TPC course here, which is home to the            nearby Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers top
                                                                                                  lovely park at the center of town. Nearby,
annual Phoenix Open Golf Tournament.             notch accommodations and exceptional
                                                                                                  find a lovely respite called the Inn at Eagle
                                                 service including conference hospitality.
Scottsdale: Whether you mosey in on the                                                           Mountain. Private luxury accommodations
                                                 The Radisson Scottsdale—Resort& Spa
back of a steed, or cruise the blacktopped                                                        are offered on the fairway at the Golf Club
                                                 offers a full service beauty spa and health
desert, Scottsdale offers quiet solace.                                                           at Eagle Mountain, which have already
                                                 club with meeting facilities onsite.
You will find polished lodging options with                                                       earned AAA's coveted four diamonds.
upscale furnishings and attentive service.       North Scottsdale/Airpark                         © wcities.com
Old Scottsdale                                   Spacious desert vistas accompanied by the
                                                 cover of star-strewn darkness envelopes          Restaurants Insights
The Hilton Garden Inn is a seven story"gold
                                                 the northern area of Scottsdale at night.
mine." Catering to business travelers,                                                            Phoenix: As late as the 1980s, the Valley
                                                 Areas include the busy Airpark and the
this hotel features extensive business                                                            of the Sun was considered more a culinary
                                                 remote towns of Carefree and Fountain
conference services. Another option                                                               wasteland than a capital of cuisine. Outside
                                                 Hills. Opportunities to view wildlife in their
awaits at Hyatt Place in the Civic Center                                                         of a few upscale resort eateries, dining
                                                 natural habitat are ample here. Don't be
area. Enjoy dipping your toes into the                                                            options for desert dwellers were mainly
                                                 surprised to have a quail hen and chicks or
warm waters of a whirlpool spa, or slip                                                           of the steak and potatoes variety. In
                                                 a wily coyote cross your path.
into comfort under the covers. Find the                                                           1986, a revolutionary restaurant, Vincent
Hospitality Suite Resort a bit further south,    Begin your North Scottsdale stay at the          Guerithault on Camelback, started an
complete with three pools, therapeutic           impeccable five-diamond-rated Fairmont           evolution in eating in Greater Phoenix.
whirlpool and tennis courts.                     Scottsdale Princess. Superb services             The work of local chefs, including the
                                                 and amenities including three swimming           classic techniques of Vincent Guerithault,
Enjoy convenient accommodations
                                                 pools, seven tennis courts, a full-service       Eddie Matney's Middle Eastern signature
near Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hotel
                                                 spa and fine dining at the award-winning         dishes and Lenard Rubin's medley of
Waterfront Ivy offers stylish comfort in
                                                 onsite Marquesa restaurant await at this         Mediterranean and Arizona flavors at
expertly designed suites, with amenities
                                                 facility. The resort also features a complete    Medizona, have transformed the city into a
that include tennis courts, gourmet
                                                 business center and 61,000 square feet of        unique dining haven.
breakfasts and a fitness center. Further
                                                 meeting facilities, which include Arizona's
west you'll find classic Southwestern                                                             Downtown
                                                 largest banquet room. Golf is also offered
hospitality in outstanding choices like the
                                                 at the TPC courses, home to the world            The Arizona Center, in downtown's Copper
Royal Palms Resort, one of the Valley's
                                                 famous FBR Open Golf Tournament. Other           Square, offers everything from a fast food
originals, built in the 1920s. Camelback
                                                 nearby accommodations with memorable             court and clubs to more upscale offerings
Mountain adds a picturesque backdrop
                                                 mountain views include the prestigious           at Lombardi's and A League Of Our Own.
to this Spanish-style retreat. Rooms flank
                                                 Marriott-McDowell Mountains Resort,              For a pint of porter, pop into downtown's
lovely flowering courtyards, bringing
                                                 completed in 1999.                               original Irish pub, Seamus McCaffrey's, at
relaxation of both mind and spirit. If you
enjoy a larger facility, award-winning cuisine   Further North on Scottsdale Road, you            the Hotel San Carlos. Phoenix Suns fans,
and first rate service, stay at the Phoenician   will run into the high Sonoran Desert            and sometimes players, often frequent
Resort, rated by AAA as a four diamond           town of Carefree. With quaint street             Majerle's Sports Grill, opened by former
resort. Let the crew at the five-diamond         names, intersections evolve into humorous        Suns star Dan Majerle. Alice Cooper'stown
rated in-house restaurant Mary Elaine's          combinations, like the corner of'Ho'             is a mind-blowing mix of rock'n roll revelry
serve you a memorable meal and then              and'Hum'. Home to one of North America's         and sports bar, and features regular live
take advantage of the resort's many other        largest sundials, find wonderful shopping        concerts.
amenities, including a golf course, nine         at the upscale el Pedregal Festival              Midtown Phoenix
heated pools and 11 tennis courts. Central       Marketplace. Next door, there is The
Scottsdale/Paradise Valley                       Boulders, a five-diamond rated resort built      In Midtown, you'll find a super selection of
                                                 into the desert contours. Full spa services,     comfortable neighborhood places to dine.
Included here are the Embassy Suites in                                                           Among them are Norman's Arizona, Chef
                                                 multiple pools, fireplace and spacious
Paradise Valley and the exclusive Millenium                                                       Norman Fierros' latest concept, Convivo, a
                                                 rooms will set the mood for your desert
Resort Scottsdale McCormick Ranch                                                                 contemporary American cafe with a super
                                                 interlude. Before moving on, enjoy award-
areas. Desirable facilities come a dime a                                                         wine selection and Richardson's, both an
                                                 winning cuisine at the resort's Latilla. A
dozen in this excellent location, including                                                       award-winning New Mexican restaurant and
                                                 choice conference venue in this area is the
the Renaissance Scottsdale Resort. Elicit                                                         a hip hot spot.
                                                 Carefree Conference Resort. Built in the
sweet dreams in the comfort of delectably
                                                 1970s, this resort has recently undergone a      Downtown Scottsdale
furnished guest rooms or suites with

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                                                Bash on Ash is a warehouse-sized"animal
Scattered among the galleries in the                                                             Old Scottsdale
                                                house." Nutrition and environment
downtown arts district are some true dining
                                                conscious noshers will find a variety of eats    The most variety can be found in Old
treasures. Mr. C's Chinese fine dining has
                                                available, including macrobiotic munchies        Scottsdale. The Old Town Tortilla Factory
long been a neighborhood fixture, as have
                                                at In Season Deli, Israeli at Sabuddy and        is set in a 1930s adobe-style cottage and
Pischke's Paradise, the Pink Pony and
                                                Ethiopian at Cafe Lalibela.                      specializes in expertly-prepared Mexican
Don& Charlie's.
                                                                                                 dishes. While Robert McGrath's Roaring
                                                East Valley
Some of the hottest clubs can be found                                                           Fork has a hunting lodge atmosphere,
here too, including the glitzy, high energy     Mesa, Chandler and Gilbert form                  the classic setting belies his modern
Axis/Radius, Madison's and Martini Ranch.       the"bedroom communities" of the East             culinary creativity. Scottsdale restaurants
Go back to the big band era at the Famous       Valley, but in terms of dining they are by       also have great steaks and ribs. For
Door or catch a live musical act at Cajun       no means sleepy. A whole world of ethnic         decades, folks have been coming to the
House.                                          cuisines awaits visitors, including Arisoo       Pink Pony Steak House for both. Don&
                                                Korean, Zur Kate German cuisine and              Charlie's has served over a million racks
Along the main drag of Scottsdale Road
                                                more appetizing options. For fine dining,        of ribs. Locals with a taste for Thai will
you'll find a"parkway for the palate."
                                                Mahogany Run in Gilbert has quickly              attest that Malee's on Main is a perennial
Scottsdale Fashion Square offers several
                                                become an acclaimed destination.                 favorite. Several of the city's premier dining
fine restaurants including P.F. Chang's
                                                                                                 destinations are the products of long-time
popular Chinese. Cosmopolitan cowboys           Centered at 24th Street and Camelback,
                                                                                                 veterans who have gone solo. Leonard
seek out Rancho Pinot Grill, hidden away        this could be called the culinary vortex
                                                                                                 Rubin, who has cooked in Moscow, Santa
in a plaza at Lincoln and Scottsdale            of the Valley. Many of the area's top
                                                                                                 Fe and some of Arizona's top resorts,
Road. At the Bastille-like Borgata, award-      restaurants are located here. Biltmore
                                                                                                 delights diners with his Mediterranean/
winning Chef Donna Nordin serves up             Fashion Park is home to the renowned
                                                                                                 Southwestern creations at Medizona. The
Arizona edibles at Cafe Terra Cotta. Right      Bamboo Club and Che Bella. As you head
                                                                                                 Cordon Bleu-affiliated Scottsdale Culinary
across the street is the ultimate upscale       east, several standout steakhouses—Ruth's
                                                                                                 Institute's L'Ecole Restaurant showcases
steakhouse, Fleming's Prime. La Locanda,        Chris, Omaha Steakhouse and Harris'—
                                                                                                 the talents of tomorrow's top chefs, serving
touted as one of the best Italian restaurants   can be found. Marco Polo and Havana Café
                                                                                                 3-course luncheons and 5-course dinners
in all of Scottsdale, and Seasons is a find     will take you on a whirl-wind world tour of
                                                                                                 at amazingly affordable prices. Also vying
for its ever-changing menu and super            upscale ethnic food.
                                                                                                 for'top toques in training' honors are the
selection of Sonoma wines.
                                                West Valley                                      Artichoke Grill/Desert Oasis Restaurant at
New restaurants springing up at Bell and                                                         Scottsdale Community College's Culinary
                                                This is the place where you'll find simple,
Scottsdale roads include a second helping                                                        Arts school. The restaurant has recently
                                                satisfying food at bargain prices. Try triple-
of Carlos O'Brien's popular Sonoran-                                                             received top honors for school dining
                                                decker sandwiches at the New Yorker
style Mexican cuisine and Coyote Grill,                                                          fromPhoenix New Times.
                                                or aromatic dolmathes at the Golden
an attractive and appetizing southwestern
                                                Greek. Dillon's, one of the Valley's younger     Central Scottsdale/Paradise Valley
cafe. Ambling on, plan to spend a few
                                                restaurants with an already huge following,
hours at Rawhide Western Town and try                                                            Just leave your tie at home or it's
                                                serves up fine Iowa corn-fed pork.
the rattlesnake(yes, it's really rattlesnake)                                                    guaranteed to end up hanging from the
at the Golden Belle Steakhouse& Saloon.         Country cooking and country music                rafters. Prefer your steaks with more of
Further north, new and exciting eating          go hand in hand. Kick up yer heels               an upscale sizzle? Try Fleming's Prime
establishments include Restaurant Oceana,       and"Electric Slide" on over to Mr. Lucky's,      Steakhouse at Merv Griffin's Hilton
which offers fresh fish to eager desert         one of the Valley's authentic cowboy dance       Scottsdale Resort& Villas. Scottsdale
dwellers. Michael Monti's specializes in top    clubs. Mr. Lucky's even has live bull riding     restaurants put a special spin on
quality steaks and seafood and the Cantina      in an outdoor rodeo arena.                       Southwestern cuisine, transforming the
del Pedregal offers dramatic views and a                                                         area's indigenous ingredients—fiery
                                                Scottsdale: Even with its mainly uptown
lively atmosphere.                                                                               chiles, multi-colored corn, heirloom beans,
                                                image, Scottsdale still sometimes likes to
                                                                                                 pungent citrus—into edible masterpieces.
Downtown Tempe                                  refer to itself as'The West's Most Western
                                                                                                 While Chrysa and Tom Kaufman, too,
                                                City', and in some respects, the moniker
You can always count on a college town to                                                        find the perfect balance between cowboy
                                                applies. But is this a cow town that only
have an active party scene and Tempe is                                                          kitsch and comfort food at Rancho Pinot
                                                chows down on burritos and barbecue?
no exception. Mill Avenue and University                                                         Grill. Tired of all-American grilled meat?
                                                Absolutely not! Yes, you can bite into a
Drive are ground zero for the East Valley's                                                      Roy Yamaguchi's Roy's is a Pacific Rim-
                                                burrito at hundreds of eateries all over
nightlife. The subterranean Beeloe's is                                                          themed hot spot that consistently receives
                                                town—but they are as likely to be stuffed
a combination cafe, gallery and concert                                                          raves. For food, atmosphere and wines, La
                                                with duck confit as they are with beef and
venue with live music. Gordon Biersch                                                            Locanda and Leccabaffi(which translates
                                                beans. And, if you thought barbecue was
Brewing Company, named the 1998                                                                  as,"lick your mustache") are the rival of
                                                limited to pork ribs and steaks, you are in
Valley's Best Brew Pub by thePhoenix New                                                         any city's Little Italy. Dine at the Hyatt's
                                                for a treat when your server sets down a
Times, is as popular for its people-watching                                                     Ristorante Sandolo where a romantic
                                                plate of succulent grilled javelina chops or
as its microbrews. True to its name, The                                                         gondola-style boat ride follows your meal.
                                                deep-fried rattlesnake.

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Scottsdale's food with a South-of-the-border   the valley on a hot air balloon from the         equaled for quality, or go for quantity at
attitude includes Erasmo Kamnitzer's chic      Unicorn Balloon Company or for a more            the gargantuan AMC Deer Valley 30.
and artsy Razz's Restaurant& Bar. BJ and       rapid pace visit the fastest one-mile oval       For a nostalgic experience, pull into the
Gilbert Hernandez serve up a taste of the      in the world at the Phoenix International        Scottsdale 6 Drive-In and snuggle up with
tropics at Havana Café. What about fish,       Raceway.                                         your sweetheart.
you ask? Even if you are one of those
                                               Enjoy the Arizona outdoors with a scenic         For kids of all ages there are roller coasters
people who won't order fish unless you can
                                               hike up Echo Canyon Trail on Camelback           and video games galore at Castles and
see the water from your table, you are in
                                               Mountain. Take an excursion to Goldfield         Coasters. Across town, Gameworks pushes
luck. There is no ocean in Scottsdale, but
                                               Ghost Town where you can try to unravel          the technological envelope with the latest
Buster's on the Lake will almost make you
                                               the secrets of the Lost Dutchman's Mine.         in interactive video games. Jeepers has
feel the sand between your toes.
                                               Visit ancient Indian cliff dwellings at the      rides, games and challenges for the smaller
North Scottsdale/Airpark                       five-story pueblo, Montezuma's Castle or         tykes, while bigger folk can indulge in
                                               saddle up for a real cowboy experience at        shoot'em up action with a sci-fi twist at
Pinnacle Peak Patio is legendary for its
                                               Trail Horse Adventures and hit the trail on      Stratum Light Speed Entertainment Center.
cowboy cooking and is a must dining
                                               horseback. If your idea of the Wild West
destination for Valley visitors. Mastro's                                                       Adult gamers might prefer the action at the
                                               requires a gunfight, hitch your pony at
Steakhouse serves premium cuts of beef.                                                         brand new Casino Arizona, featuring slots
                                               Rawhide Western Town where Roughriders
Likewise, Florence Chan's Flo's restaurant                                                      and Las Vegas style entertainment. Dogs
                                               still tote six-shooters and settle differences
transcends its strip mall location to be                                                        they've got; at Phoenix Greyhound Park or
                                               with a fast draw.
one of North Scottsdale's most popular                                                          bet the ponies at Turf Paradise. If you can't
Chinese choices. You can even experience       Museums and Galleries                            make it to the track, try the off-track betting
Brazilian rodizio at Rio Sabor. Michael                                                         and great beer at Padre Murphy's. Or chalk
                                               If culture is what you seek, Phoenix's
DeMaria, a U.S. Culinary Olympian,                                                              up your stick and head north to Pink E's, an
                                               museum circuit is as diversified as its
melds Arizona ingredients with classic                                                          adult only pool hall with more games than
                                               population. Internationally acclaimed Heard
techniques at his eponymous Michael's at                                                        you can shake your cue at.
                                               Museum showcases culture and art of the
the Citadel. He even has a kitchen studio
                                               Southwest's various Native American tribes.      Shopping
where he holds regular cooking classes and
                                               The Phoenix Museum of History explores
demonstrations.                                                                                 If shopping is more your style, Phoenix can
                                               the city's early days, from its rise in the
© wcities.com                                                                                   accommodate that as well. At the Arizona
                                               1860s through the fight for statehood. For a
                                                                                                Center, you will find dining, dancing, and
                                               more participatory view of these early days,
                                                                                                superb shopping! The Biltmore Fashion
Nightlife Insights                             visit the Pioneer Arizona Living History
                                                                                                Park features world class shopping with
                                               Museum, a 90-acre pioneer town where
Phoenix: As one of the fastest growing                                                          such stores as Neiman Marcus, Gucci, and
                                               costumed interpreters recreate life in the
cities in the nation, Phoenix offers a                                                          Saks Fifth Avenue. Shop in style at the
                                               Arizona Territory of the mid 1800s.
constantly changing mix of entertainment                                                        upscale Scottsdale Fashion Square or seek
for its swelling population. Whether your      Browse through abundant galleries                forgotten treasures in the gargantuan Brass
tastes run to gourmet dining, championship     showcasing the talents of artists around         Armadillo.
golfing or rocketing in circles on a double    the globe. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum
                                                                                                Besides the trendy mall scene, Phoenix is
loop roller coaster, this city will not        where significant art pieces from a variety
                                                                                                ripe with specialty shops and independent
disappoint you.                                of cultural styles are displayed with
                                                                                                stores. Wander through Juttenhoops,
                                               remarkable innovation. View the exquisite
Sports                                                                                          a unique gift shop that claims to
                                               bronze sculptures highlighting a trip to the
                                                                                                carry"everything fun." Looking for
Arizona is a state of contrasts, from the      Legacy Gallery in Old Town Scottsdale.
                                                                                                adventure? Sort the treasure from the trash
saguaro dotted desert to the snow capped       Theater                                          and see what kind of deals you can barter
peaks of Flagstaff to the awe-inspiring                                                         at the Phoenix Park and Swap. Search
vistas of the Grand Canyon. Likewise, the      The performing arts are alive and well
                                                                                                through a sea of bargain imports such as
area offers a virtual cornucopia of exciting   in Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion
                                                                                                Belgian Chocolates and Bali Basketry at the
attractions. The focal point of downtown       which features hillside seating and hosts
                                                                                                Cost Plus World Imports.
Phoenix is Copper Square. Encompassing         concerts. The beautiful Herberger Theater
a full square mile of entertainment with       Center offers a refreshing mix of dramas,        Scottsdale: Whether you're content to kick
venues such as US Airways Center, which        comedies, and musicals. The Phoenix              back and see a show, prefer to meander
offers exciting sporting events featuring      Symphony performs over 160 concerts              through museums, shops and galleries,
local teams such as the Phoenix Suns and       a year and the historic Orpheum Theater          or are looking for adrenaline-pumping
Coyotes. Chase Field offers Diamondbacks       showcases a variety of performing arts           escapades, you're guaranteed to find an
games and features the only retractable        throughout the year.                             entertaining option here in Scottsdale.
roof in the world. Seek the cool green of      Cinema                                           Family Fun
one of Phoenix's many world class golf
courses like the preeminent Tournament         If your idea of theater involves popcorn,        Family-friendly attractions abound in
Players Club of Scottsdale. Float high over    the thrill of IMAX technology is rarely          the area. McCormick-Stillman Railroad

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Park is dedicated to the time-honored            When you're done wagering on games,              hip'n' happening, see-and-be-seen hotspot
mode of transportation and even has its          and you're ready to simply watch one, head       you are looking for. Rather kick up your
own railroad and expansive playground            on over to Scottsdale Stadium. Baseball          heels to a Country Western beat? Slip off
areas. CrackerJax Family Fun& Sport              players may be known as'the Boys of              your Bruno Maglis, slide into your Tony
Park is a whirlwind of games, rides and          Summer', but in Scottsdale, spring's the         Lamas and head on over to the Handlebar
sports activities, including more golf(this      season for fast-paced baseball action. The       J, a long-time favorite boot-scootin' bar, with
time of the"miniature" variety). Wild West       stadium is the spring training home of the       live music nightly.
adventure awaits the young and young-of-         San Francisco Giants. With its downtown          © wcities.com
heart at Rawhide, with shoot-outs, pony          location, the stadium is also convenient to
rides and panning for"gold" in a replica of      restaurants, galleries and more.
an Old West town. Fancy some outdoor                                                              Things to Do Insights
                                                 Poll any group of residents or Valley visitors
fun that won't cost you a penny? Climb                                                            Phoenix: From architectural wonders like
                                                 about the top reason to come to Scottsdale
Camelback.                                                                                        St. Mary's Basilica to cultural treasures like
                                                 and the majority will probably answer
Museums                                          with just two words,"great golf." Among          those found at the Phoenix Art Museum,
                                                 the challenging, championship places to          this city has a wealth to offer every visitor.
Enthusiastic about architecture? Visit
                                                 play(many designed by top names in the           Heritage Square Downtown at Heritage
the Western home and studios of one of
                                                 game) are several that rank in the country's     Square visitors can see the historic roots
America's design icons at Frank Lloyd
                                                 top hundred. Legend Trail is one fine            of Phoenix. Enjoy mid-morning tea and
Wright's Taliesin. The complex itself is
                                                 example. Two other highly-recommended            pastries at the historic Teeter House, and
an excellent example of Wright's style of
                                                 courses are North Scottsdale's Grayhawk          educational adventures at the Phoenix
blending architecture into the environment,
                                                 Golf Club and the new Kierland Golf Club.        Museum of History. Visit the nearby St.
and tours are offered daily. For those with
                                                 And, should you prefer to watch the pros         Mary's Basilica, the oldest Catholic Church
an interest in Scottsdale's own rich and
                                                 putt, there are plenty of opportunities. The     in Phoenix, then check out the Arizona
colorful past, the Historical Museum on
                                                 FBR Open is played at the Tournament             Center in Downtown's Copper Square.
the Scottsdale Mall is a must-visit. Learn
                                                 Players Club in Scottsdale. PGA Seniors
about how the city became the"West's Most                                                         Arizona Science Center The Arizona
                                                 face off annually at The Tradition at Desert
Western Town" and the role it played in                                                           Science Center contains many educational
                                                 Mountain Cochise. As unlikely as it sounds,
the development of Arizona. While you                                                             and interactive exhibits, such as the
                                                 a local rock'n'roll legend holds his own
are at Scottsdale Mall(which incidentally                                                         Dorrance Planetarium. Take in a show
                                                 tournament here, too, the Alice Cooper
isn't a"mall" in the shopping sense, but                                                          at the Orpheum Theater, the Herberger
                                                 Celebrity AM. But, as popular a pastime as
a public promenade in the style of the                                                            Theater Center or Symphony Hall, then
                                                 it may be, golf is but a blip on the radar of
one in Washington, D.C.), it's the perfect                                                        enjoy dinner at Oregano's Pizza Bistro.
                                                 Scottsdale recreation and entertainment.
time to visit the Scottsdale Museum
of Contemporary Art. See its requisite           Shopping                                         Pueblo Grande Museum and
collections of painting and sculpture, as well                                                    Archaeological Park Dine at Matador
                                                 Yes, in this city, we purchase with passion.     or Lib's Ribs, then head out to explore
as any number of special exhibitions and
                                                 Pick out the perfect souvenir at one of          the interpretive trail at the Pueblo Grande
events.
                                                 Old Town Scottsdale's quaint shops. Or           Museum and Archaeological Park.
Theater                                          acquire art, from fine to funky, at one          Abundant rock art also dwells in the Deer
                                                 of the galleries on 5th Avenue. Find             Valley Rock Art Center. Green thumbs
Also on the Mall is the Scottsdale Center
                                                 Native American art and other products           will love the Desert Botanical Gardens,
for the Performing Arts. Stop in here, or
                                                 at Grey Wolf Gallery, pueblo pottery at          where guests can stroll the trails and
at any of its satellite facilities for some
                                                 King Galleries and bronze sculpture at           observe more than 4,000 species of cactus,
theater, dance or music. Theater and
                                                 Legacy Gallery. Still under your credit limit?   succulents, trees and flowers.
concert patrons also won't want to miss
                                                 The Borgata, with its 14th century Italian
the many exciting events held at the Kerr                                                         Arizona State University Take a tour
                                                 village ambiance is the'Rodeo Drive' of
Cultural Center and the Music by Moonlight                                                        of Arizona State University, which has a
                                                 Scottsdale retail. Thecreme de la creme
Series at el Pedregal. For a taste of local                                                       museum on its grounds. Grab a bite to
                                                 of U.S. and international boutiques and
talent, plan to attend a performance at                                                           eat at the nearby Casey Moore's Oyster
                                                 custom clothiers stand ready to pamper
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three taxi companies licensed to pick-
                                                 DASH(Downtown Area Shuttle) is also               Phoenix Sky Harbor International
up passengers at the airport. Downtown
                                                 operated by Valley Metro and exclusively          Airport(PHX)+1 602 273 330http://
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                                                 weekdays from 6:30a-5:30p. Stops include
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                                                 Train
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the west. Interstate 17 drops down from the      major intersections.                              minutes.
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theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-                                                        while the Grand Canyon beckons 221 miles
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bidi;}602 200 2000)                             Knights Sedans& Limousines(+1 800                Scottsdale
                                                994 2494/http://www.desertknights.com)
Car Rental: Advantage(+1 800 777 5500/                                                           State: Arizona
                                                SuperShuttle/ExecuCar/Premiere(+1 800
http://www.arac.com) Alamo(+1 800 327
                                                258 3826/http://www.supershuttle.com)
9633/http://www.goalamo.com) Avis(+1 800                                                         Country: United States
831 2847/http://www.avis.com) Budget(+1         Foot
800 527 0700/http://www.budget.com)                                                              Scottsdale by the Numbers:
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Dollar(+1 800 800 4000/http://                                                                   Population: 225,426
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                                                Scottsdale Ranch Park.
Train
                                                If traveling overseas, take the safety           Average July Temperature: 106 degrees
Amtrak(+1 800 872 7245/http://                  precaution of registering your trip athttps://   F(high), 81 degrees F(low)
www.amtrak.com) has three stops in              travelregistration.state.gov and for
Phoenix: Phoenix Greyhound station,             helpful, practical advice about traveling        Quick Facts:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport        technicalities and safety standards check        Major Industries: tourism/hospitality/
and Metro Center Transit Station. Amtrak        outhttp://travel.state.gov/                      recreation, healthcare, electronics, farming,
provides service to Phoenix from several        © wcities.com                                    timber
major cities around the country.
Bus                                                                                              Ethnic Mix: 92% Caucasian, 2% Asian, 1%
                                                Fun Facts                                        African American
Greyhound(+1 800 231 2222/http://               Phoenix:
www.greyhound.com) accesses Phoenix,                                                             Electricity: 110 volts, 60Hz, standard two
about 10 miles from Scottsdale. The             Phoenix State: Arizona Country: United           pin plugs
Phoenix bus station(+1 602 389 4200),           States of America
located at 2115 E Buckeye Road, is open                                                          Time Zone: GMT-7
                                                Phoenix by the Numbers: Population: 1.3
24 hours daily.                                                                                  Country Dialing Code: 1
                                                million; 2.8 million metropolitan area Land
Car                                             Area: 375 square miles Elevation: 1,100          Area Code: 602(1 and the area code must
Interstate 101 runs through Scottsdale          feet Average Annual Rainfall: 8 inches           be dialed even for local calls)
traveling north or south. From the west,        Average January Temperature: 66 Average
                                                July Temperature: 105 Average Sunshine           Did You Know?
take Interstate 10 and Hwy 202 from the
east to 101 North to approach the city.         Days: 325                                        In 1888, U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott
Getting Around                                  Quick Facts: Major Industries: Financial         paid$2.50 an acre for the 640 acres that
                                                Services, High Tech, Government, Tourism         is now Scottsdale. His brother, George
Trolley
                                                Electricity: 110 volts, 60 Hz; standard          Washington Scott, became the first resident
The Scottsdale Trolley(+1 800 782 1117)         two-pin plug Ethnic Mix: 72% Caucasian,          of the town.
is a free downtown shuttle that operates
                                                19% Hispanic, 4% African American, 2%            Orientation:
mid-November to the end of May. The
                                                Asian, 2% Native American Time Zone:
Trolley runs every 10 minutes M-W, Fr-Sa                                                         Scottsdale is located in the central area
from 11a-6p and Th to 9p. The Shopping          GMT-7 Country Dialing Code: 1 Area
                                                Code: 602, 623 and 480 Did You Know?             of Arizona approximately 15 miles east of
Express Trolley stops at ten resorts and
                                                Phoenix's South Mountain Park is the             Phoenix. Tucson lies 113 miles southeast,
four shopping destinations.
                                                largest municipal park in the world covering     Albuquerque 312 miles to the northeast,
Metro                                                                                            Las Vegas 253 miles to the northwest and
                                                20,000 acres.
The Valley Metro(+1 602 253 5000/http://                                                         San Diego 312 miles to the west.
www.valleymetro.org) services Scottsdale        Orientation: Phoenix, the state capital,         © NileGuide
and neighboring communities.                    sits in south central Arizona. The Mexican
                                                border, at Nogales, is 162 miles south,

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Weather
StatisticsJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec Temperature C Average High192124293439413937312419
Average Mean121417212631343330241612 Average Low5791318222726221696 Temperature F Average
High667075849310310510399887566 Average Mean535762697887929185746154 Average Low414449556472807972614842 Rainy
Days444211453324 Rain Fall (cm)1.51.52.00.40.20.21.82.22.01.51.52.2 Rain Fall (in)0.70.70.90.20.10.10.81.00.90.70.71.0
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