Taliesin West

You don’t need to look very hard in the Valley to see the influence of renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, you can see several of his Arizona achievements here.

If you made us pick the most famous example of Wright in the Valley, it would probably be ASU Gammage. However, a close second would be the sublime Taliesin West, Frank LLoyd Wright’s winter home nestled in the McDowell Mountain foothills.

Built entirely by Wright and his apprentices, it uses local materials to truly become part of the landscape. Today it hosts the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Taliesin, the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

It also runs tours so you can see it in person. There are multiple tours that cover different areas of the property, inside and out, plus a Night Lights Tour that makes for a romantic evening.

Location: 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale
September: Fridays from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturdays-Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
October-May: Daily from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
June-August: Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Tour Cost: $19-$75, reservations required for some tours
Website: franklloydwright.org

– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org