Commonly touted as 'the West's most Western town', Scottsdale attracts more than seven million tourists a year, suggesting that it's not quite as gritty and gun-slingin' as you'd expect such a Western town to be. In fact, it's quite the opposite.
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The Phoenician combines luxury resort facilities and a boutique hotel within a single, spectacular location in the Sonoran Desert.
Taliesin WestFrank Lloyd Wright was one of the seminal American architects of the 20th century. Taliesin West was his desert home and studio, built between 1938 and 1940. Still home to an architecture school and open to the public for guided tours, it's a prime example of organic architecture with buildings incorporating elements and structures found in surrounding nature.
Goldfield Ghost TownIt's billed as the only authentic ghost town in the valley, suggesting there are some inauthentic ones waiting to be discovered. Goldfield Ghost Town dates back to a brief 1890s gold boom, when in typical style its construction was almost as rapid as its abandonment.
Tempe Center for the ArtsOn the lake, it has a sculpture garden and infinity pool, outside of the curved-steel building. Inside, there's a theater for the performing arts and a 3500-sq-ft gallery.
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