Beauty in the desert

Scottsdale, ArizonaLocated in the Salt River Valley, or the "Valley of the Sun," in the northern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale combines the reflection and peace of nature at its most stunning with a full menu of diverse and unique activities and experiences.

Considered part of the Greater Phoenix Area and only 20 minutes (in good traffic) from the Phoenix airport, Scottsdale offers a charm of its own. Old Town Scottsdale features old-fashioned stores, contemporary restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. Shoppers can enjoy both the quaint and the modern, as Scottsdale Fashion, one of the 20 largest malls in the U.S., calls Scottsdale home. Food lovers can sample diverse local and global cuisine.

Its arts district includes many of Scottsdale’s most renowned galleries and museums. For example, the award-winning Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the history and culture of the American West. And open daily, galleries display the works of thousands of artists in all genres.

Old Town Scottsdale also enjoys a long-standing, record-making tradition. The nation’s longest-running Artwalk takes place on every Thursday in the arts district with highlights such as exhibit openings, artist demonstrations, and live entertainment. Galleries also populate other areas of downtown Scottsdale. In fact, the thriving arts scene in Scottsdale numbers more than 125 art galleries and studios.

As a tourist haven, Scottsdale attracts millions of visitors each year to the city, who use their time to explore and enjoy. With an impressive number of golf courses – more than 200 – some come to play or attend the Phoenix Open Golf Tournament at the Tournament Players Club.

Those with a thirst for outdoor adventure will find paradise in Scottsdale. Experience Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve and its 200 miles of shared-use trails, with easy strolls paths approved for those with disabilities to challenging summit climbs in the McDowell Mountains. Or choose from off-road desert tours, horseback riding, hot air balloon adventures, or just catch an amazing sunset.

What else is possible? All that Phoenix offers is just a short drive away, Sedona and the world-famous Grand Canyon only hours away. For more information about Scottsdale and the Phoenix area, visit here.

Whether Scottsdale or greater Arizona, take time to stop and let the landscape of the desert, red rocks, and mountains unfold and discover the culture and vast heritage of the West. Here are just a few of the available options for visitors.
  • Camelback Mountain, a hiking destination for locals and tourists
  • Papago Park, another hiking haven that features the iconic Hole-in-the-Rock, a chamber that looks out over nearby lagoons and the distant downtown skyline
  • Phoenix Zoo, the largest privately owned, non-profit zoo in the U.S. located on the grounds of Papago Park
  • Desert Botanical Garden, a 140-acre botanical garden in Papago Park
  • Taliesin West, famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school from 1937 until 1959, and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona
  • Hot air balloons that offer panoramic views of the desert
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park that highlights the history of railroads in Arizona and provides rides on scale-model rail cars through a two-acre desert arboretum
  • Apache Tour Trails, incredible guided off-road adventures around the Apache Trail and the Superstition Mountain Wilderness areas
  • Grand Canyon, one of the world’s most amazing natural wonders only hours away from Scottsdale
In the heart of the action

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey RanchThe site of the 2020 EMBAC Conference, the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch embraces the grandness of Arizona.

The 27-acre resort includes a 2.5-acre water playground, complete with 10 pools, one sand beach, a 30-foot, three-story waterslide, poolside cabanas, a Grecian-style water temple with 40 water spouts and 20 fountains flowing into four plunge pools, and two waterfalls. Interested in ride along the waterways? Just come aboard one of the Italian Gondola boats.

For other on-site recreation, consider the rock climbing wall, tennis, or golf at one of the top-rated golf courses in the Southwest. The resort also offers a McDowell Sonoran Mountain Preserve Hiking Shuttle for those who want to take guided tours of the area.

Indoors, pamper yourself at the Spa Avania and its Himalayan Salt Room and French Celtic Mineral Pool, work out at the StayFit Gym, or check out one of the resort’s eight restaurants and its live entertainment.  And the hotel’s spacious rooms include a private balcony, in-room safe, mini-fridge, and wi-fi.

Enjoy the convenience and amenities of the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Learn more about the hotel here.