Old Town Phoenix Reviews
Typical tourist trap Apr 28, 2006
First off, I'm not a big shopper. That said, Old Town Scottsdale is nothing but shopping, with a few restaurants thrown in. I went there because I thought it **was** the old part of town. Turns out, most of the buildings, with their covered walkways and faux adobe exteriors, are not much older then the early 1920's.
If you want to get the feel of being in an old Western town (sans the parking spaces) then this is probably the place for you. Lots of souvenirs, jewelry and I guess if you add the word Indian to a product then it's made by Indians.
It was a nice walk around the area, very clean, but lots of people, even for a Friday afternoon. Wouldn't want to go on a weekend day, doubt if you could even get a parking space.
A nice distraction from the shopping is the Old Adobe Mission, and its ongoing restoration project. Stop in and take a look. It was was built in 1933 as a spiritual sanctuary and center of the Hispanic and Yaqui community.
If you like to shop, this is the place for you. If you do not like to shop, just walk around and then head over to the Old Adobe Mission.
Part of the Train Trip 2006 travel blog
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