Find the best car rental deals in Scottsdale, Arizona
Known for its lively urban heart and beautiful natural setting in the desert, Scottsdale is a beautiful city with lots to offer visitors. If you want to get around easily, to check out the city’s different neighborhoods and varied choice of shopping and dining destinations, you’ll want to rent a car. This will also help you make it to your spa appointment in time to relax, get in a round of golf, and maybe even explore the hiking destinations just outside the city. There are numerous car rental companies located in the city, so you can be off exploring in no time. Orbitz can help find the perfect car for you.
One of the great things about Scottsdale is its mix of urban and outdoor adventure. Here are three spots to discover by car.
Spend some time in Downtown Scottsdale, also known as Old Town. The district is full of 1920s buildings with Southwestern accents, housing boutiques, lounges, and restaurants.
Art lovers can browse the galleries on Main Street and visit the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, while those more interested in Scottsdale’s history and culture will like the Western Spirit: Museum of the West. Save time for shopping – you’ll find everything from handcrafted items to vintage cowboy boots.
Journey time: In city center
Distance: In city center
For an outdoorsy experience, head to Camelback Mountain in nearby Phoenix, Arizona. It’s a beautiful drive from Scottsdale to the mountain, and once there you can enjoy the fresh air.
There are two hiking trails: Cholla Trail and Echo Canyon Trail. Cholla Trail is for moderate-level hikers, while Echo Canyon Trail is difficult, but ends at the top of the mountain with spectacular views. Both hikes take a little under two hours.
Journey time: Around 10 minutes
Distance: Approximately four miles
The McDowell Sonoran Preserve has more than 30,500 acres of mountain and desert, and more than 180 miles of trails. It’s open from sunrise to sunset, and parking is free.
Take a self-guided hike on one of five trails, or join a daily guided tour. There’s also rock climbing, mountain biking, and horseback riding. You’ll learn about desert plants and see lush cacti forests, and can picnic in the mountains.
Journey time: Around 25 minutes
Distance: Approximately 16 miles