Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Guide

A Brief History of Scottsdale

Originally occupied by the Hohokam people, the area now known as Scottsdale was settled in the late 1880s by U.S. Army Chaplain Winfield Scott. He saw the potential of the land for agriculture and farming. The city was incorporated in 1951, and from a population of about 2,000 it grew exponentially. In the post-World War II era, Scottsdale started to gain a reputation as a high-end tourist destination attracting many affluent and educated residents. Today, the city is known for its luxury resorts, spas, golf courses, and rich cultural heritage, blending the charm of the Old West with modern metropolitan delights.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best way to get there?

The best way to reach Scottsdale is by flying into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, which is just a 15-minute drive from the city. You can then take a taxi, rent a car, or use a ride-share service to get to Scottsdale.

Do I need a visa?

If you're not a U.S. citizen, you might require a visa to enter the United States. Check the current U.S. visa requirements for your home country before you travel.

When is the best time to visit?

The best time to visit Scottsdale is from November to April, when the weather is mild and comfortable.

Local customs

Drinking: The legal drinking age is 21.
Greetings: A handshake or a simple "Hello" is common for greetings.
Public Transit: Buses and trams run regularly. Be sure to have exact change.

What is the time zone?

Scottsdale is in the Mountain Standard Time Zone (MST).

What are the voltage/plug types?

The standard voltage is 120V. The standard plug type is Type A or B.

What is the currency?

The currency used is the U.S. Dollar ($).

Are ATMs readily accessible?

Yes, ATMs are readily accessible throughout the city.

Are credit cards widely accepted?

Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Scottsdale.

Can you use Apple Pay and Google Pay?

Yes, many places in Scottsdale accept both Apple Pay and Google Pay.

How much do I tip?

Tipping is customary in Scottsdale. Here are some general guidelines:

Restaurants/bars: 15-20% of the bill
Hotels: $1-2 per bag for porters, $2-5 per night for housekeeping
Taxis: 15-20% of the fare
Tour guides: $15-20 per person per day

Founded Population (2023) Elevation
1888 243,000 (source) 1,257 ft (383 m)
Season/Month High (Celsius/Fahrenheit) Low (Celsius/Fahrenheit)
Spring (March - May) 28°C / 82°F 14°C / 57°F
Summer (June - August) 40°C / 104°F 25°C / 77°F
Fall (September - November) 30°C / 86°F 17°C / 63°F
Winter (December - February) 19°C / 66°F 7°C / 45°F