Taliesin West#7 in Best Things To Do in Phoenix
Frank Lloyd Wright loved the Sonoran Desert, and he used these 600 acres at the base of the McDowell Mountains as his winter home and school. With the help of his art and architecture students, Wright constructed apartments, studios and theaters using local materials to help the camp blend with its natural surroundings. This National Historic Landmark is still used as an educational space for budding artists and architects.
Recent travelers were particularly impressed with this attraction, calling it an "architectural gem" in the middle of the desert and praised both its charm and tour guides. Visitors were also quick to note that you do not need to be an architecture buff to enjoy a tour here thanks to the engaging guides and stunning surroundings. Reviewers also recommended making time to stop at the on-site gift shop.
Located in Scottsdale, Taliesin West offers several different guided tours ranging from one to three hours (for a fee), each focusing on a different aspect of the home's natural beauty. Keep in mind: You can't visit the property unless you're on a tour. Some tours require reservations. You'll learn more about Wright's work and life in Arizona and study architectural masterpieces within the facility. Taliesin West's also hosts a variety of special events ranging from art shows to concert series. For more information on tour schedules, prices and upcoming events, visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation website.
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