The Town of Cave Creek has a very old-style, western feel to it. You'll find saloons, rodeos, horse property and other signs of the old west here, as well as fine dining, hiking trails and recreational areas. Most of the action for visitors takes place along cave Creek Road, right down the center of town.
Carefree, Arizona is considered by many to be a sister community to Cave Creek. Carefree is the location for the annual Carefree Art & Wine Festival and the Carefree Christmas Festival. While those are seasonal events, you can always visit carefree for local charm, shops and cafes as well as the Carefree Desert Garden right near the Sundial.
While there are not too many places to stay while visiting Cave Creek (find a Cave Creek hotel at TripAdvisor), there are two resorts in Carefree. The Carefree Resort & Conference Center is a smaller, quieter resort, while the highly acclaimed Boulders Resort & Spa is more upscale (and more expensive) with a championship golf course and fine dining. Carefree makes a lovely spot, outside of the city hustle and bustle, for a weekend local staycation without the hassle of travel. It's just a few minutes from Cave Creek.
For the purposes of this map, the address for Cave Creek is AZ is 6245 E. Cave Creek Road, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. That's the address for Frontiertown, a central location in town. Most of the shopping, bars and restaurants along Cave Creek Road are within three miles of this location.
Stagecoach Village is where you can attend the annual Taste of Cave Creek culinary festival, the Stagecoach Village Fine Art & Wine Festival and at least some of the events during Cave Creek Wicked, the town's Halloween party.
Directions to Cave Creek, Arizona
From West Phoenix: Drive north on I-17 (Black Canyon Freeway) to Carefree Hwy. Turn right (east). Drive to Cave Creek Road and turn left (north). Follow Cave Creek Road through town to Stagecoach Village.
From the Northwest: take the Loop 101 Agua Fria to Scottsdale Road exit. Turn left (north) on Scottsdale Road to Cave Creek Road. Past Carefree Highway Scottsdale Road becomes Tom Darlington Road. Turn left (west) on Cave Creek Road.
From Central and East Phoenix: Drive north on SR51 to the Loop 101 east, toward Scottsdale. Exit Scottsdale Road and drive north. Past Carefree Highway it becomes Tom Darlington Road. Turn left (west) on Cave Creek Road.
From Scottsdale: Take the Loop 101 to Scottsdale Road. Turn right (north) upon exiting and drive past Carefree Highway. It becomes Tom Darlington Road. Continue north to Cave Creek Road and turn left.
You can see this location marked on a Google map. From there you can zoom in and out, get driving directions if you need more specifics than mentioned above, and see what else is nearby.