Want the down low on some fun facts about Scottsdale? Here you go!
- One of the 100 largest cities in the nation and the sixth largest city in Arizona, Scottsdale has a population of approximately 228,300.
- The city was briefly named Orangedale before being renamed “Scotts-Dale” in 1894 in honor of founder Winfield Scott. It was officially incorporated as Scottsdale in 1951.
- The city’s official nickname is The West’s Most Western Town.
- The official food of Scottsdale is chili.
- There are more than 200 golf courses in Scottsdale and the surrounding area.
- When complete, Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve will be the largest urban preserve in the nation. It currently encompasses 30,200 acres and offers approximately 200 miles of shared-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
- Scottsdale stretches 31 miles from north to south and encompasses 184 square miles.
- Scottsdale’s elevation ranges from 1,150 to 4,877 feet above sea level.
- Scottsdale has been the backdrop for several Hollywood blockbusters, including “Raising Arizona,” “Wayne’s World” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”
- Scottsdale has seven sister cities located in Alamos, New Mexico; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; Haikou, China; Interlaken, Switzerland; Marrakech, Morocco; Kingston, Ontario, Canada; and Uasin Gishu, Kenya.
- Among its many honors, Scottsdale was named the 4th best mid-size city for millennials by the travel research website Gogobot (2016); ranked in the Top 10 Cities That Care (2016) and the No. 1 City for an Active Lifestyle by WalletHub.com (2016); named the No. 2 Foodie City in the U.S. by Livability.com (2014); and named the Most Livable City in the United States by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (1993).
- The saguaro cacti that fill the Sonoran Desert in and around Scottsdale can live as long as 150-200 years and can weigh over 3,000 pounds when fully hydrated.
- Scottsdale has more spas per capita than any other city in the U.S.
- In just over four hours, you can be at the beach! Rocky Point, Mexico, is only about 220 miles southwest Scottsdale.
from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona http://ift.tt/1juPzdL