Frank Lloyd Wright loved the Arizona desert and, in 1937, built Taliesin West as a winter camp that served as his home, office, and school. Today, the buildings of Taliesin West, perched on a foothill in far-east Scottsdale, are the headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Wright believed in using local materials in his designs, and this is much in evidence at Taliesin West, where local stone was used for building foundations. With its glass-walled buildings and patio areas, Taliesin West also showcases Wright’s ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
A 60-minute audio tour and 90-minute guided tour are available. Both are designed to acquaint you with Wright's work and his ideas about architecture while explaining the buildings of his "desert laboratory." Note that tours are indoors and outdoors, so be prepared for the weather. A limited number of onsite tickets may be available, but making reservations in advance is strongly recommended. The last tour of the day starts at 4pm.