Art, golf, and endless sunshine—no wonder guests to this region have included classic stars such as Clark Gable, Bette Davis, and Jimmy Stewart! The resort of their choice was the Camelback Inn, a property so inspiring that J.W. Marriott, Sr. made it the very first Marriott Resort back in 1967. The rest is clearly history, and more than 70 awe-inspiring resorts and hotels have sprung up like so many oases in this very LGBT-friendly destination.

Also numbering in the 70s: the public art works that add even more color to the landscape. The bronze statues, dramatic fountains, interactive art installations, and even more make a tour of downtown one that requires a stop every step. Want more steps? Opt to walk the greens at your pick of over 200 courses in the city and surrounding area, or venture further by biking or hiking 100 miles of scenic trails at just as many levels. Too ambitious? See if upscale shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square, the Southwest’s largest shopping destination; Kierland Commons; or Scottsdale Quarter is more your stride. Either way, any of these choices can easily justify the hours you can easily spend at the numerous spas the city’s so famous for, gourmet restaurants, and bars like BS West, which hosts drag shows on Friday nights

Good to Know

  • Lively and actively expanding gay scene
  • Generally inclusive
  • Close to Phoenix, whose gay community is active and thriving, with countless things to do
  • Gay marriage legal since October 2014

Featured Resorts:

The Phoenician


From sun-soaked, outdoor activities, to exclusive accommodations and state-of-the-art meeting and event space, The Phoenician, reaches beyond expectation to deliver the exceptional.

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa


At the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, celebrate the rich legacy of Arizona. The hallways and grounds pay tribute to the people and landscape that have shaped the state's cultural heritage.

Additional Resorts:

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Nestled on 125 acres, this resort is a true Southwestern hacienda. Panoramic mountain views, casual elegance, and superb guest service are unrivaled in the Valley of the Sun. Casita-style, ground-level guestrooms showcase the original wooden beams in the ceiling, and offer over 550 square feet of luxury living space. Each room features French doors leading to a private patio or balcony, mini fridge, microwave, plush robes, hair dryer, flat-screen TV, movies On Demand, coffee ...

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