I love Arizona and the Phoenix area. However, I thought the NY Times listing of Scottsdale as one of the #9 place to visit this summer to be a bit odd. Next up will be the suggestion to visit Buffalo in February. Yes, there are a lot of screaming deals at luxury hotels with great spas, so if want two days of spa treatments and proximity to lots of good restaurants, go for it. But expect to find something like Paris in August (but with better attitudes). You may be here but we'll all be gone, if we can afford it. Typical summer temperatures every day are 108-112F, with occasional excursions higher into territory that is stupid-hot. Yeah, its dry heat, and that is exactly what we tell our turkey every Thanksgiving. And yeah, the wind blows a bit -- feels just like a hair dryer.