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Taliesin West

  • 12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Map It
  • North Scottsdale
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/27/2014

Fodor's Review

Ten years after visiting Arizona in 1927 to consult on designs for the Biltmore hotel, architect Frank Lloyd Wright chose 600 acres of rugged Sonoran Desert at the foothills of the McDowell Mountains as the site for his permanent winter residence. Today the site is a National Historic Landmark and still an active community of students and architects. Wright and apprentices constructed a desert camp here using organic architecture to integrate the buildings with their natural

surroundings. In addition to the living quarters, drafting studio, and small apartments of the Apprentice Court, Taliesin West has two theaters, a music pavilion, and the Sun Trap—sleeping spaces surrounding an open patio and fireplace. Six guided tours are offered, ranging from a one-hour "panorama" tour to a three-hour behind-the-scenes tour, with other tours offered seasonally; all visitors must be accompanied by a guide. Wear comfortable shoes for walking.

To reach Taliesin West, drive north on the 101 Freeway to Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Follow Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard for a few miles to the entrance at the corner of Cactus Road.

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Sight Information


12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, Arizona, 85259, United States

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888-516–0811; 480-860–2700

Sight Details:

  • $28–$75
  • Daily 9–4, with evening tours most days. Call to confirm

Updated 03/27/2014


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By Barbara

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Feb 9, 2005

FLW Heaven

I went with a friend who lives locally and we had a blast! We did the behind-the-scenes tour. The staff was a little overly into FLW - my friend called it "Jim Jones without the Kool-Aid" but what would you expect. Some of them had actually worked under him before his death. The facility was well maintained, and the tour was well organized. I was very pleased, and hope to go back for other tours on future visits.

By Sarah

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May 18, 2004

Overrated Commune Tour: $45!!

Limited access due to renovations made this tour feel VERY overpriced for the limited access. On-site "Wright-ites" hocking their art make it feel like a commune.... We live locally, recenty took in-town guests, with poor reviews all around.

By Celine

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Aug 15, 2003


(visited AUG.2003) I did the 90 minutes tour ($16). The guide was great: she was knowlegeable and funny. She told us about the life of Franck Lloyd Wright, the design of Taliesin, about the school and she told us fact about the desert. We went inside and outside the house to look both at furnitures and the garden statues. It was a VERY hot day (118 F) and they gave us bottled water on the way. I visited fallingwater in the past, this was a perfect

complement. I may do a longer tour if I return to Phoenix.

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