If you’re moving to Scottsdale – or if you already live here – you’ll love being near Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s “desert laboratory.” If you haven’t yet visited, here’s the insider’s guide on what to see, when to go and more.

The Insider’s Guide to Visiting Taliesin West This Summer

Taliesin West, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of Arizona’s most distinguished attractions. (UNESCO World Heritage Sites have “outstanding universal value” in world cultural and natural heritage.)

Also a National Historic Landmark, Taliesin West is tucked in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. Established in 1937 and evolving over a few decades, this gorgeous space was built and maintained by Wright and his apprentices, and it’s one of the exceptionally talented architect’s most personal creations.

You can take a guided or self-guided audio tour at Taliesin West – but you cannot simply show up to see the house. You must make advance reservation for any tour.

When is Taliesin West Open?

Taliesin West is open all year except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

What Types of Tours Does Taliesin West Offer?

Taliesin West has an Insights Tour, a Guided by Wright Audio Tour and a Wine & Wright Tour.

Insights Tour

The Insights Tour at Taliesin West allows you to visit Wright’s private quarters and living room, the “Garden Room,” the drafting studio, music pavilion, the cabaret and more. The tour is open every day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with advance ticket reservations.

Tour Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $40 for adults, $30 for students aged 13 to 25 with student ID, and $19 for youth (aged 6 to 12). Members are free.

Guided by Wright Audio Tour

The self-paced Guided by Wright Audio Tour, which you can do without a guide or group at your leisure, is a multi-sensory experience that uses recordings of Wright’s own voice and narration from professional tour guides. You simply download a free app on your phone or borrow a headphone set and device from the information desk. This tour is offered daily from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and advance reservations are required.

Tour Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $40 for adults, $30 for students aged 13 to 25 with student ID, and $19 for youth (aged 6 to 12). Members are free.

Wine & Wright Tour

The Wine & Wright Tour is a beautiful blend of wine and a personalized tour that includes Wright’s home and laboratory with a professional guide. You’ll explore nature, art and Wright’s use of organic architecture as you stroll the grounds. This tour is only available on Fridays at 5 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. The bar hours are from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and you must make advance ticket reservations to participate.

Tour Duration: 60 minutes (in addition to an hour before your tour for drinks)

Price: $50

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