Scottsdale, AZ

A Short Trip to a Nearby City For a Relaxed Visit

Tom Handy

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This past summer, I wrote an article about staying in Scottsdale, Arizona. Six months later, I share another hotel that is also located in Scottsdale.

Driving from El Paso to Scottsdale is about six hours if you drive straight with minimal stops. We stopped a few times and arrived in seven hours.

Scottsdale is about 23 minutes or 13 miles from nearby Phoenix.

In Scottsdale, you enjoy warm weather even in the winter months. The temperature is about 10 degrees warmer than El Paso. This week, the high was 70 degrees on most days. Of course, the evenings can get below freezing which is similar to what you feel in the borderland.

Scottsdale is not very crowded as the population is 265,249 according to World Population Review.

The City is very clean and well kept.

You can choose from a variety of restaurants and types of food. Trip Advisor lists some of the best restaurants in Scottsdale or you can choose from one of the local restaurants that are nearby.

Entertainment

A zoo you must visit

On a previous trip to Scottsdale, I visited the Phoenix Zoo. Many people say San Diego has a good zoo but the Phoenix zoo was much more impressive to me.

At the zoo, there were several exhibits and the zoo did a great job to make your visit enjoyable.

Touchstar Movie Theater

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This Florida based movie theater recently opened in Scottsdale. The movie prices were relatively inexpensive compared to other theaters.

The movie theater doesn’t have a concessions stand, but you can order your meal from your seat. The movie theater offered a lot of options for food: bottomless popcorn, pretzel sticks, candy, milkshakes, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, pizza, pasta, burgers, salads, chicken wings, and more.

Other places you can visit include The Butterfly Wonderland, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts, and various other activities.

Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains

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For this stay, I rented a suite at the Scottsdale Marriott. The hotel was very clean and the staff was very welcoming.

Rates for the hotel varies.

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Guests had access to the gym, restaurant, outdoor pool, private shower and bath, and other amenities. A microwave is available upon request.

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If traveling with children, you can request adjoining suites if they are available.

Cancellation policy

If a change of plans comes up, Marriott offers a convenient way to reschedule or cancel your reservation. Changes can be made up to 24 hours of your stay. This does not apply to group bookings.

Marriott Bonvoy Benefits

As a member of the Marriott Bonvoy, guests get access to the benefits of the Marriott program. Marriott has several hotels worldwide that users can view online.

For several of the offers from Marriott, you need to read the details of what’s involved.

Members can earn points staying at the hotel, buying food at Marriott restaurants, car rentals, shopping, and others.

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