When you book flights to Scottsdale, you enter into a world of ease. It might be the weather, it could be the people, or maybe it’s just the plethora of relaxing outdoor activities that the city is so well known for, but regardless of the reason, something about Scottsdale feels undeniably serene. This central Arizona city is located just northeast of Phoenix, and within reach of all of the state’s finest geographical and urban attributes. 

Driving from one end of it to another, Scottsdale spans 31 miles across, and within that area lays myriad opportunity for fun, wellness, and adventure. The perfect year-round weather makes any time the perfect time to book Scottsdale flights. Sunny days and mild evenings give way to days of golfing, afternoon strolls along pretty avenues, and sporadic trolley rides across the city. Scottsdale’s art scene and outdoor activities are two main draws hat keep travelers booking flights to Scottsdale. 

If you’re interested in art, head straight to Marshall Way, where gallery owners leave snobbery and pretenses behind to focus on the love and celebration of color, medium, and expression. Every Thursday night the galleries open their doors for the weekly Scottsdale Art Walk, an activity enjoyed by locals for the past 30 years. If you’re more inclined to experience the rugged terrain of the desert, take time to explore the vast array of natural landscape (desert, mountain, valley, and forest) that Scottsdale offers.. Golfers can relish in the gorgeous courses that sprawl into the sunset and challenge even the best of the best.

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Scottsdale climate

Scottsdale enjoys the bliss and comfort of year-round beautiful weather with low humidity every month, sunny days in every season, and high temperatures ranging from warm to hot. Although it rains a bit during the more extreme seasons of summer (June to August) and winter (December to February) the shoulder seasons of fall and spring provide ease in both precipitation and wind. If you’re planning to visit Scottsdale in the winter, expect temperatures in the 50’s, and if you’re headed there in the summer, the heat escalates up into the 90’s.

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Best Time to Fly to Scottsdale

Because this golden city offers more sunshine than any other area in the United States, it’s always a good time to book a flight to Scottsdale.

Peak Season: 

Golfers and other outdoor advocates: plan your vacation during the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn so rain won’t hamper any of your daytime excursions. 

Off-peak Season: 

Summer and winter, although both beautiful seasons in their own rights, do call for the most rainfall than at any other point in the year. However, travel in the off-season means deals on accommodations and cheap flights to Scottsdale during this time.

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Getting around Scottsdale

Getting around Scottsdale is cheap and easy. The city has a free trolley running all week long. Trolleys arrive every 15 minutes, so you’ll never be waiting long to get to Fashion Square, the Arts District or Old Town. You can also take one of the separate routes to connect to the Metro Valley Bus line if you need to get to one of Scottsdale’s surrounding towns. You can also rent a car to get around. Parking is easy to find and you can pick up a map at the Scottsdale Visitors Bureau.     

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Scottsdale Travel Information

Arizona Community Farmers Markets: If your travel to Scottsdale spans over an extended period of time, and you’ll need to buy food on your own instead of restaurant hopping, then the Arizona Community Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on local, fresh and affordable food. The group’s vision is to provide “direct, sustainable commerce between local area farmers and producers,” and that’s exactly what you get. Seasonal and locally produced vegetables, fruit, meat, and bread are stocked up on kiosks, and just waiting to be picked. Go early for the best selection, and bring small bills for quick transactions. It’s a good idea to pack drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat, in case you plan on spending the entire morning there. Growers also appreciate it if you bring your own shopping bag. If you have any questions for the vendors, they will be more than happy to provide you with the origins, uses, and recipes for each selection. The Farmer’s Market takes place every Saturday from November to May. 

Art Walk: Art buffs visiting Scottsdale will find something to their fancy at the unforgettable Art Walk, which takes place every Thursday night (except Thanksgiving) from 7-9 pm. More than 100 galleries open their doors to tourists and locals interested in browsing some of the finest visual art from all over the world. The event is enormous, and spans along both Main Street and Marshall Way. The easy-going atmosphere and kind patrons encourage interest and wonder in art, whether or not you plan to buy anything. Every gallery on both sides of the street proudly showcase what’s inside their doors. The Art Walk dates back more than 30 years and the tradition is loved and respected by all who enter. Go at our own pace, enjoy the beautiful weather, and have fun seeing the tons of artistic styles that the Art Walk represents. 

Desert Mountain Jeep Tours: If you’re in the mood for something on the wild side, then look no further than the Desert Mountain Jeep Tours in Central Scottsdale. If you’re planning your flight to Scottsdale in pursuit of adventure, this tour is for you: The tours, guided by cowboys and desert dwellers, allow you to hop in a 4-wheel, open-air jeep and choose from six trails of excitement. If off-roading intimidates you, the company also offers plenty of other interesting outdoor tours without all the physical action. Eco tours highlight the delicate balance of the desert’s environment, and horseback trail rides allow you to see nature in a whole new light. If you’re just in the mood to picnic and party, then sign up for the Southwestern Cookout event, which pairs locals and tourists under a common enthusiasm for Scottsdale. Tours happen twice daily, seven days a week. 

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Melisse Hinkle
A New England native but explorer at heart, Melisse has lived in four U.S. cities, spent a summer in Hawaii, made her way through wine-producing regions in Australia and New Zealand, and traveled around Europe while studying abroad in London. She is the Content Manager for the U.S. and Canada at Cheapflights.
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