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Luxurious Casino Resort in Scottsdale
About a dozen miles northeast of downtown Scottsdale, private homes gradually give way to thousands of saguaro cacti. It’s in this secluded area that you’ll find the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center—a sprawling oasis set against the backdrop of one of North America’s largest deserts.
Depending on which side of the building they’re on, the hotel’s deluxe rooms look out on the McDowell Mountains, the resort’s two outdoor pools, or a championship golf course. Stop by a pool for a dip or to kick back in a lounge chair, or head to the Amethyst Spa for a stone massage or hydrating facial. Groupon customers receive a waived resort fee and a $10 slot-play credit at Fort McDowell Casino.
The resort’s onsite eateries serve everything from burgers and shakes to traditional sushi. For a more upscale dining experience, there’s the Ahnala Mesquite Room, which has a fireplace and views of the mountains. This deal includes a dining credit that you can use at any of the restaurants. Head to the nearby We-Ko-Pa Golf Club to tee off on two award-winning courses set amid the desert scenery.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West’s Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city’s Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you’re in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.
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