Plan the Perfect Phoenix Staycation

Learn some of the reasons Frank Lloyd Wright fell in love with (and built a home in) the Valley of the Sun — and rediscover your own love for the region along the way.

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Discover the Hidden Marvels of Taliesin West

If you’ve experienced Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and desert laboratory during the day, try one of the evening Insights Tours, which offer an intimate glimpse into the life of America’s greatest architect — you can almost imagine Mr. and Mrs. Wright presiding over black tie “Taliesin Evenings.” Plus, there’s a fire-breathing dragon. Another new way to experience Taliesin West? By taking one of the new self-guided audio tours — you’ll be able to explore at your own pace. Since reopening to the public, Taliesin West is following safety measures and is operating at reduced capacity.

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Experience the Desert at Night at the Desert Botanical Garden

Visit the Desert Botanical Garden sunset and stay until the sun dips behind the mountains, and you’ll be rewarded with a unique experience. The Garden is known for its nighttime exhibitions — through November 8, for instance, you can view Wild Rising by Cracking Art, a collection of vibrant plastic animal sculptures that take on new lives in the dark.

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Celebrate the Western Spirit at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

From Remington bronzes to John Wayne memorabilia, this Smithsonian affiliate is a glimpse into the American West. Along with art celebrating the romantic landscapes that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright are vestiges of Native American culture and pop culture moments even casual visitors will appreciate. Timed visits ensure safety and security for all — but you may consider booking in advanced.

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Hike the McDowell Sonoran Preserve

Reconnect with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert — prickly teddy bear chollas, statuesque saguaros, soaring hawks — by exploring the pristine trails that crisscross this 30,580-acre preserve. You’ll have more than 225 miles of trail to choose from — families will enjoy the Bajada interpretive trail, while experienced hikers will be rewarded with the best view of the valley from the top of the strenuous Tom’s Thumb.

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Unwind at the Biltmore

Turn a staycation into a playcation at this iconic resort where you’ll see Frank Lloyd Wright’s influence around every corner, from the stained-glass windows to geometric tiles. Families head to Paradise Pool for the 92-foot water slide, adult and kiddie snow cones, and dive-in movies; serenity-seekers gravitate to the lounges, spa, and a roster of quiet pools. Arizona residents receive exclusive discounts.

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Explore the Heard Museum

Thanks to its unmatched collection of American Indian art since 1929, there’s always a reason to return to the Heard Museum, which has become one of the world’s leading destinations for art and education. Known for its award-winning exhibitions, the museum uses its collections and first-person voice to tell the stories of American Indian cultures while also celebrating the work of current artists.

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Kayak the Salt River

Best known for group float trips, there’s more than one way to experience the Salt River. Beat the crowds with an early morning kayak journey: This two-hour trip offers stunning views of the surrounding Tonto National Forest, and a chance to spot the wild horses that the region has become known for.

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Experience Taliesin West Safely With Our New Self-guided Audio Tour

Move through Frank Lloyd Wright’s Sonoran Desert home at your own pace with our newest tour audio, which allows visitors a safe, interactive, and self-guided experience that can be easily and directly accessed through personal smartphone devices.

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