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Where would you recommend staying in Scottsdale (or Phoenix)? Ideally it would be <span style="text-decoration:underline;">walking distance</span> to fun things to do. And not super expensive.<br><br>
I like coffee and unique shops, parks, bars, etc.
 

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In doing some digging, I see Scottsdale has a historic downdown. Where would you say is the center of the downtown? Farmers market? Or what place can I look up to find nearby hotels?<br><br>
Are the trollies always running?
 

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There is a Days Inn at Scottsdale Fashion Square, which is a typical mall with some upscale stores, movie theater, food court, etc. It is very, very close to downtown Scottsdale (walkable), the main library, and other ammenities. Good luck!
 

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If you are coming this time of year its 'tourist' season and things (rooms) are expenisve, especially Scottsdale. That is just the nature of the entertainment business.
 

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Scottsdale is pretty touristy with a lot of galleries, restaurants, pretty park area, etc, all in a Western theme.<br><br>
You also might want to check out downtown Tempe. It is a college town, so has a younger crowd than Scottsdale, but has great stores, coffee, restaurants, (small) farmer's market, lake, bike paths, small mountain to climb, clubs/bars, etc - all family friendly (except the bars, of course <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">).<br><br>
Here is a hotel in downtown that has pics of some of the attractions of the area, that are all walking distance:<br><br><a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-photos/phxte-courtyard-tempe-downtown/" target="_blank">http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel...empe-downtown/</a><br><br>
You would also be right by the light rail (<a href="http://www.valleymetro.org/metro_light_rail" target="_blank">http://www.valleymetro.org/metro_light_rail</a>), which you can take to downtown Phoenix to do many things: better, bigger farmer's market, science center, children's museum, and more coffee. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
Personally, I prefer Tempe over Scottsdale, but both are nice and you will love the weather! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> Well, when will you be here?
 

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I don't mean to hijack your thread, but we're also planning to visiting the Phoenix area (actually Mesa) for Spring Training. We'll have free time in the evenings and all day on a Sunday, so I was coming to this tribe to see if anyone had any recommendations for things to do. We're thinking about taking a day tour to the Grand Canyon, but what else would you guys recommend?
 

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The grand canyon is a LONG day trip to go up and back in one day but its a beautiful trip.<br>
Phoenix has 2 zoos, the phoenix zoo and wildlife world zoo (I prefer this one). There is also Out of africa zoo about an hr north of the city.<br>
The desert botanical gardens are super as well.
 

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A trip to the Grand Canyon would be fun and can be done in a day, but that is very rushed and tiring! Do you have children? The GC can also not be fun if you have small children. It is a huge hole in the ground and you have to watch the kids like hawks! If you have time, stay a night in Flagstaff where you can hang out downtown and go to Thorpe Park and the observatory, then head up to the Canyon.<br><br>
If you don't have time to go to the Canyon, you can take a fun day trip to Sedona or Flagstaff.<br><br>
When you're in Mesa, you can visit downtown Tempe (see above <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ), downtown Mesa (a great Mexican food restaurant called Mangos & a used bookstore), the Riparian Preserve in Gilbert.... I'll let you know if I think of anything else. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 
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