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Frank Lloyd Wright Travel: Taliesin West
While it's cool to check out the places Frank Lloyd Wright built for other people, his own home and studio is where you can really get in touch with his vision. That's why we've got to put Taliesin West on our map. (There's another Taliesin in Wisconsin, but we'd much rather visit the one in Scottsdale this time of year.)
Built out of the materials surrounding it--desert sand and rocks feature prominently--it's both a collection of useful structures and a meditation on how buildings should interact with their environment. Now a National Historic Landmark, the compound also houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, a movie theater, a performing arts theater, outdoor pools and gardens and an architectural school.
This time of year, two special tours are available in addition to the normal offerings. The Apprentice Shelter tour explores some of the structures students have devised and runs on Saturdays. The Holiday Night Lights tour on Fridays in December includes a twilight jaunt around the grounds as well as caroling and holiday treats.