Plan the Perfect Phoenix Staycation

There’s magic to be found in the summer desert, and it’s hiding right under your nose. Explore your backyard with these 6 local gems.

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Discover the Hidden Marvels of Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright may have built his Scottsdale compound as a retreat from Wisconsin winters, but summer at Taliesin West has its own appeal. Use this quieter time to really get to know the property and to delve deeper into your understanding of Wright’s philosophies — by becoming a member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, you’ll receive complimentary Insight tours, allowing you to come again and again. After your visit, be sure to linger and browse the Frank Lloyd Wright Store’s collection of books, home décor, apparel, and gifts that celebrate Wright’s work and legacy. Bonus: Members receive a 10% discount on all purchases.



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Experience the Desert at Night at the Desert Botanical Garden

BYOF (bring your own flashlight) and embark on an after-dark expedition starring the sights and sounds of Wright’s cherished Southwestern landscape. The self-guided tour highlights the rambling garden’s night-blooming plants and nocturnal critters; stick around afterwards to check out the nighttime farmer’s market featuring goods from local farms and vendors.

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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 rootin’ tootin’ overview of the American West. Along with the kind of romantic landscapes that inspired Frank Lloyd Wright are pop culture moments even casual visitors will appreciate, including a blockbuster exhibition of Western movie posters. Check out special summer rates for kids.

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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. And be sure to book an appointment for a calming crystal wrap or a Sonoran healing massage at the all-new Tierra Luna spa.

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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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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.


Become a Member Today

As a member of the Foundation, you are an integral part in supporting the Foundation’s mission to inspire people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts, and each other. Simply put, this work is not possible without your support.

Special access and engagement opportunities are offered to members, to show the significant impact you have in preserving the life, legacy, and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Exclusive member benefits include:

  • Annual pass for free Insights Tours at Taliesin West
  • 10% discount at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store and
  • A subscription to the award-winning Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly magazine
  • Free admission privileges to more than 20 Wright sites across the U.S.
  • And much more!