Scottsdale, Arizona

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Scottsdale and in Arizona are only two hours apart by car. Both cities offer breathtaking natural settings, luxury resorts, and abundant activities-yet each maintains its own unique personality. The magic of Scottsdale begins with its setting in the heart of the lush Sonoran . A dynamic city with urban sophistication and a blend of distinctive charm, Scottsdale dazzles visitors with its indigo sky, pristine , rivers, and mountains. Here’s a sampling of what’s making travel headlines in Scottsdale:

SCOTTSDALE CENTER FOR THE REEMERGES AFTER A $16 MILLION RENOVATION

The Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts will open its newly renovated Virginia G. Piper Theater on October 24: Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth will kick off the season starring in the special benefit event ARTrageous.  And that’s just the beginning. The season will feature performances by world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma; the groundbreaking Martha Graham Dance Company, jazz legends Herb Alpert and Arturo Sandoval, and actors Jason Alexander, John Cleese, and Martin Short.

BLAZING NEW TRAILS AT SCOTTSDALE’S BUDDING DESERT PRESERVE

With the recent opening of the Gateway, you now have a new way to enjoy the radiance of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve,, a protected area of land spanning Scottsdale’s MeDowell Mountains and the . Explore the incredible diversity of the city’s desert wildlife and vegetation, such as saguaro cacti and roadrunners, on a variety of trails designed for hikers of every physical ability level.