Scottsdale is great for people with an adventurous spirit. Giant saguaro cacti stand watch over the rolling hills, beckoning the outdoorsy types to hike just a little farther out into the unknown. The impressive wilderness will fuel the passions of any hiker, runner, biker or naturalist and inspire a lifetime of exploring. There are cliffs aplenty for rock climbing enthusiasts, babbling rivers for those who enjoy river rafting, and lakes for kayakers. Golfers thrive in Scottsdale, which was cited in the 2006 Robb Report as one of the best cities in America for golfing. Great golf courses include FireRock, the Phoenician, the Boulders Resort, the Four Seasons Resort, Desert Mountain and Silverleaf, to name a few. It's a city that will keep people fit and active for years to come because they may be fueled by the exhilaratingly expansive clear skies that Arizona is famous for.

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Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the ritziest cities in the former Wild West. It's been described as the "West's Most Western Town" and "a desert version of Miami's South Beach." Housing prices are high here, but that doesn't stop people from doing whatever they can to reserve a spot in this desert paradise where the daytime sky is always baby blue. Unlike other cities where it costs an arm and a leg just to own a tiny patch of land, Scottsdale homes are grand and expansive, with plenty of room for manicured hedges and sandy cactus gardens.

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