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Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

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Wakefield, MA
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Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

We are looking at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio in Phoenix because it has some great pools for the kids and it is reasonably priced.

Is the area inconvenient to Scottsdale "nightlife"? And by "nightlife" I mean simply going to dinner and maybe walking around a bit after.

We'd like to visit some authentic Arizona restaurants and like to avoid chains.

We will have a car.

Thanks!

Scottsdale, Arizona
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1. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

The Pointe Hilton Tapatio is about a 30 to 45 minute drive from Old Town/Downtown Scottsdale, depending on traffic. You might consider coming over on a Thursday evening when the galleries have an Art Walk. Of course, that means things will be a bit crowded, but generally manageable.

You might also enjoy a run up north to Cave Creek where the Buffalo Chip Saloon has live bull riding and Wednesday and Friday nights.

Wakefield, MA
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2. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

Thanks sounds great. We will definitely visit the Saloon and the Art Walk. Thank you Big Guy. And I didn't realize that Scottsdale was so far away from Phoenix.

Would there be equal to do in the Phoenix area or would you suggest Scottsdale?

Phoenix, Arizona
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3. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

You'll definitely have to drive to get to Old Town Scottsdale, if that's what you're referring to; but it isn't that far, maybe 20 minutes. There are lots of good restaurants around Phoenix, too, though.

For Old Town, to avoid the worst traffic around Camelback Road and the SR51 area, you have several options. My favorites for a little bit of scenery would be:

Go south from Tapatio on 7th Street to Glendale Ave, then turn left onto Glendale. (Note that you can't turn left during morning rush hour. Pay attention to the signs.) Glendale turns into Lincoln; keep going all the way to Scottsdale Rd, and then turn right (south) and drive for a couple of miles to Old Town, Fashion Square mall, etc.

The next way is a slight detour but is also slightly more scenic, and goes through Paradise Valley, which is a pretty drive. Pay attention to the speed limits, though!! From Tapatio, turn right onto 7th Street, heading north. Turn right onto Thunderbird Rd, which then turns into Cactus Rd. Keep going on Cactus until you get to Tatum Blvd (whichis about 5 miles East of 7th St.) Turn right onto Tatum, which will take you south through Paradise Valley. When you get to Lincoln Blvd, turn left, and continue on to Scottsdale Rd. Turn right (south) onto Scottsdale, which will take you to Old Town.

There are lots of restaurants in that area; some favorites of ours are Roaring Fork, Cowboy Ciao, Bandera, FnB, Grand Lux Cafe (for apps or dessert; great happy hour food prices!) and Old Town Tortilla Factory. You might stop by the Rusty Spur Saloon, just for fun and for photo ops. Also, make sure you stop in at the Sugar Bowl for ice cream! Here's a full list of restaurants:

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There are tons of other restaurants to try that aren't in Old Town; keeping in mind that you have young kids with you, maybe try El Chorro Lodge, Barrio Cafe, or Aunt Chilada's Mexican food near the Pointe Squaw Peak, which has a great outdoor patio and a bocce ball court. I'm sure others will chime in with more favorites.

Phoenix, Arizona
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4. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

Just saw schellereid's second post - Scottsdale and Phoenix are right next to each other; you can cross from one to the other and not even know it. It doesn't matter if you stay in one or the other; both cities are very spread out and encompass huge areas. The Pointe Tapatio is just fine as a somewhat central location for Metro Phoenix in general; you have easy access to the corridor roads of 7th Street and Central, as well as the SR51 freeway and the 101 freeway.

Focus less on the question of "Where should I be, Phoenix or Scottsdale?" and instead simply figure out what you'd like to see and do. No matter what you choose, you'll be driving a bit! :)

Wakefield, MA
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5. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

Thank you Hummingbird! That is all so helpful. And yes, I guess it doesn't matter where we stay. Which is what I was hoping!

Now onto activities..

Scottsdale, Arizona
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6. Re: Phoenix vs. Scottsdale for Family with 2 kids 7&11

If you stay in or near Old Town Scottsdale, you will do alot less driving for simple things like meals, shopping & galleries in general, which are all walkable. Old Town also has a free trolley service with several routes to drive you around if you tire of walking. If you are not locked into the Pointe, then consider Firesky or something closer to Old Town. If that is where you will be spending most of your time, it simply makes sense to stay as close as possible. Driving in Phonenix/Scottsdale isn't as difficult as most make it out, but why drive if you don't have to.

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