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Do we need a rental car in Scottsdale

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Do we need a rental car in Scottsdale

Staying in Scottsdale at The Four Seasons Resort at Troon North for a week. Do we need to rent a car to get around to restaurants and popular sight seeing venues?

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1. Re: Do we need a rental car in Scottsdale

I would say yes. Certainly Scottsdale has taxi options, but imagine the cost of a rental is better than multiple taxi rides.

Troon is in North Scottsdales and not close to Old Town where most tourists visit.

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Thanks

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Dani L, yes you do. Four Seasons is a lovely resort, but it is set in the far northern border of our city and you will miss out on so much if you don't drive, especially if you are here for a week.

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Good point. Thanks. What do you suggest we have to see.

Edited: 16 July 2012, 02:20
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Are you looking for shopping, dining, museums, hiking, day trips, golf, sporting events, specific types of restaurants, art galleries...the valley is full of events - are you bringing children, what is your age range, activity level? There are just too many things to list, so give us some ideas of what your interests are and we will give you some suggestions. Especially tell us what time of year you are coming.

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Wow. Okay. We are in our late 30's. Up for anything. Want the see the most important sights. We are going this month (July). No children. Up for anything, just not golf. Thanks

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Wow. Okay. We are in our late 30's. Up for anything. Want the see the most important sights. We are going this month (July). No children. Up for anything, just not golf. Mostly dining, shopping, and day trips. Thanks

Edited: 16 July 2012, 11:15
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8. Re: Do we need a rental car in Scottsdale

Lots odf visitors to Scottsdale will take a day trip to Sedona.

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Four Seasons is rather out in the desert, and several miles from restaurants - other than those at the resort, shopping and the sights you may want to see. So renting a car is almost mandatory, if you want to get around. There is a watering hole nearby called Greasewood Flats, which has been a favorite of locals and tourists for many years.

Nearest shops and restaurants are along Pinnacle Peak Road - a few miles to the south - between Pima and Scottsdale Roads. Have not been out that way in ages so not sure what to suggest or recommend. A few miles to the north - again between Pima and Scottsdale Roads - are Cave Creek and Carefree. Loads of restaurants, bars and interesting shops up there. The Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek features live bull riding on Friday nights, also maybe Wednesday. The El Encanto in Cave Creek is a great place to become acquainted with Mexican cuisine.

South in the more settled portion of Scottsdale, there are numerous shops, restaurants and clubs near Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter just to the south have loads of both. Old Town Scottsdale is even further south starting about Camelback Road. You will pass all these landmarks driving from the airport to Four Seasons.

Notable places to visit include the Desert Botanical Garden, which is down in the area near the airport, and the Musical Instrument Museum, to the west in Phoenix just south of the 101. If you are interested in pre-historic Arizona, there is the Sears Kay Ruins on a hilltop east of Carefree. The ruin site also affords you a great view of the desert.

In July, Arizona is in the midst of what is called its monsoon season, which stirs up horrific dust and rain storms. They mostly occur in the afternoon. For most sightseeing, because of the monsoons and summer heat, it is best to do your sightseeing in the morning and relax in the afternoon.

Hope you enjoy your visit.

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Only things i would add would be the Heard Museum in downtown Phx, world class southwestern relics, art, it is awesome. If you like Frank L. Wright go to Taliesin West and wander the AZ Biltmore hotel. Also, for shopping besides the excellent options mentioned above, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the biggest, snootiest, best in the state...very high end, with a few options thrown in for the rest of us, a movie theater, great food court and restaurants. Art galleries abound in downtown Scottsdale. See a baseball game at Chase Field. Also, if you are into nightlife, clubs, the entertainment district in downtown Scottsdale is legendary.

Edited: 17 July 2012, 04:43