The trolley is a wonderful way to get around the historical downtown area. It's free and prompt. It runs 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, every 10 minutes. The Trolley visits the most significant places to sightsee, so you can hop off wherever you'd like and hop back on as you please. Very convenient!
A tourist adventure to take the horse drawn carriage. I do not know the cost since we did not do that "touristy" thing-not my style, but imagine it is $30 for 1/2 hour rides around the center of old town.
The best way to get around the old town Scottsdale and see the different art districts is the shuttle. It is prompt, coming around every 10-15 minutes, and not crowded when we were there. They have a number of drop off points, to hop on and off to see all the sites.
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The best or maybe only commercial airport to fly in to to get to Scottsdale is Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. PHX is a nice ariport but it is large. If you are renting a car, you should note that you will have to take a shuttle to the car rental building. This can be a pain if you are with children and have plenty of luggage. I recommend that you take a Sedan or SUV service to your hotel and bypass the hassle of carrying your kids and your luggage to the car rental place via a shuttle. You can reserve a sedan or SUV service with Accent Transportation Services and a professional chauffeur will be waiting for you by the baggage claim. The cars are equipped with in-car WiFI, XM Satellite Radio, local news paper and much more. Child car seats are also available upon request. The hospitable service will blow your mind away.
This was a wonderful way to get around the historical downtown area free by a neat cool clean trolley car. The Downtown Trolley runs 7 days a week from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, every 10 min., and visits the most significate places to sightsee. So check it out, my boys loved it!
although the streets are basically laid out in a grid that includes both scottsdale and phoenix, you must pay attention very carefully to their exact names. the main street running north and south through both is central avenue. the numbered "streets" run east from central avenue. the numbered "avenues" run west from central avenue.
one thing that helps is that in most areas, the street signs are large (even for old people like me whose sight is not so great any more!), mark which way is north/south or east/west, and give house address ranges (for example, 2340-2390 for the house numbers on that block).
it helps to have a map, though, because in one place, i found 70th street right next to 1st street!
practically all parking is free in scottsdale; in downtown phoenix, practically all parking is at coin-operated meters, except for specific large attractions, such as the heard museum.
If you are considering a trip to Scottsdale, the best thing to know is that Scottsdale is basically a suburb of the larger Phoenix area. This makes Scottsdale most accessible by the Sky Harbor Airport.
Sky Harbor is a hub for both Southwest and America West Airlines, but is also served by all the major domestic airlines as well.
There are only 3 international carriers that come to Phoenix... British Airways, AeroMexico, and Air Jamaica.