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Charlotte, North Carolina
April 30, 2010
From journal Ways to Have Fun in the Arizona Sun
February 16, 2005
From journal Quick trip to Phoenix/Scottsdale
by E. B.
November 12, 2003
1. Panorama Tour (1 hour). Every day, 9:15am-4:15pm. $17.50 adults, $15 seniors (65+) / students, $5 children (4-12). This tour shows Wright's home.
2. Insights Tour (90 minutes). Every day, 9am-4pm. $22 adults, $18 seniors/students, $10 children. This tour shows Wright's home, but spends extra time in his living room.
3. Behind the Scenes Tour (3 hours). Wednesdays at 9am only. $45 per person. Reservations requested. This tour shows his home with afternoon tea in his dining room. You also have time to talk to the Taliesin West associates and take a walk to the Sun Cottage.
4. Desert Walk (90 minutes). Every day, 11:15am, weather permitting. $20 per person. May also be combined: Desert Walk + Panorama, $34; or Desert Walk + Insights, $38. Reservations requested. This tour explores the trails that inspired Wright.
5. Apprentice "Shelter" Tour (2 hours). Saturdays at 1:15pm. $30 per person. Reservations requested. This tour takes you to the desert shelters that first-year architecture students live in.
6. Night Lights on the Desert Tour (2 hours). Fridays at 6:30pm, 7pm, and 7:30pm. $25 per person. Reservations requested. This tour shows Wright's house at night. It includes everything from the Insights Tour plus refreshments.
My friend and I took the Insights Tour, which is approximately 90 minutes, but lasted 2 hours for our tour. It has everything that is included from the Panorama Tour, but also spends a great deal of time in Wright's living room. You get to sit in his furniture, which is quite expensive. The origami chairs alone cost $4,000 each.
I spent a lot of time taking pictures of his rooms and artwork. I probably irritated the tour guide who was trying to stay on schedule. If I had more film and time, I would take close up photos of the sculptures in the sculpture garden.
I enjoyed learning about Frank Lloyd Wright and his philosophy on architecture. I even got a chance to play his piano in the Cabaret Theater! I will be back again to take one of the other tours. I intend to take them all eventually! Click here to visit the web site.
From journal Two Days in the Phoenix Desert
by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 27, 2000
From journal A winter warm up weekend in Arizona
April 14, 2001
Year round (check ahead for variations in summer/winter schedules), there are tours of the architectural studio which is set amid some 600 acres of the neighboring Sonoran desert. If you've had the chance to see either the PBS bio-documentary on Frank Lloyd's life--his personal and professional triumphs and tragedies--or read up on his life a little, you might find visiting Taliesin even more interesting. In addition to touring the studio and grounds with docent guides, you get to see examples of Wright's work in models, photos and a video presentation. There is a visitor center with a good selection of books and gift items. There's also a cafeteria with indoor/outdoor seating.
Getting there: from central Scottsdale go north about 10 miles on Scottsdale Rd. to Cactus Rd., turn right going east and continue as far as 108th St. You'll start to see signs for the turnoff road to Taliesin before you turn onto 108th
From journal Scottsdale Trails
November 16, 2007
From journal Business Trip to Scottsdale, AZ
Lake Forest, California
October 22, 2006
From journal Spring Training in Arizona
Rosarito Beach, Mexico
May 23, 2002
From journal Great Place to Stay in Phoenix
Medford, New York
January 22, 2003
The only good thing was that it was only 10 minutes away from the timeshare. Remember, my husband studied this architect and he was bored to death.
From journal Arid Scottsdale
Long Beach, California
April 8, 2002
From journal Weekend in Arizona