Panorama Tour

Taliesin West

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  • Experience what it was like to be a guest in Wright's famous home on our signature tour which includes the Taliesin West Garden Room.

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Experience Wright’s architectural genius on our 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour that includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • Explore the desert area while your guide reveals how native materials and landforms were translated into design elements by Wright.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • On our educational Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents get to learn how architecture impacts their lives.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.


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Description

Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours where visitors can experience Wright’s brilliance.

Frank Lloyd Wright's talent for creatively linking indoor and outdoor spaces is on display during the engaging 1-Hour Panorama Tour.  Throughout the tour we'll explore a number of buildings which are connected by outdoor pathways, essentially joining the indoor and outdoor spaces.  This tour includes visits to areas such as the:
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Music Pavilion
  • Seminar Theater
  • Wright's private office
All of these spaces are linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert.  See how the site itself amplifies the desert's beauty.

Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.

Meeting Location

Taliesin Drive (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)

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162 Reviews Rating: 4.5 4.5 out of 5.0
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Rating: 4
Worth the visit and excellent tour guide
Goluboff Tue, Oct 14  10:15 AM Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Other
 
You should hurry up and open a coffee or cafeteria stand. Could be some better maps of the property size he bought. Loved hearing how he faced adversity.
Rating: 5
Breathtaking
chrisfun1 Fri, Oct 10  2:15 PM Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Tour guide was very informative. Amazed at wrights work. Would definitely recommend this to friends. Glad we stopped on the way to our hotel.
Rating: 4
interesting guide with a lot of informations
lobot32 Fri, Sep 19  2:15 PM Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
 
not enough time (one hour) to ask questions and to enjoy the knowledge of the guide who was very nice.
Rating: 5
Guide was exceptional -- awesome tour!
linda21richc Tue, Sep 16  10:15 AM Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
This was an enjoyable, informative, awesome tour! I love his work and have seen a number of his buildings in IL, WI, and PA and now have enjoyed Taliesin West! Highly recommend the tour. Gift shop staff very helpful and kind. Our tour guide was so knowledgeable. Overall, a most enjoyable tour!
Rating: 5
Panorama Tour of Taliesin West
ANDYBIKE85 Sun, Aug 31  2:15 PM Male 60-69 Local Individual
 
I enjoyed this tour of the Taliesin West. The tour guide provided us with much detail about Frank Lloyd Wright and this home & studio's and made us feel that he wanted us to learn about Frank and the facility. The facility is a fascinating place and a very interesting design. I would go again.
Rating: 5
Great tour
Whersh Sat, Aug 23  2:15 PM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Tour guide was excellent, knowledgable about architecture, local plants, history - passionate about the subject.
Rating: 5
Taliesin West: Architecture and Nature At Its Best
dsilverman60 Mon, Aug 18  2:15 PM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
This is very good and informative tour about one of the towering figures in late 19th and early to mid 20th century American architecture, Frank Lloyd Wright. Taliesin West was Wright's winter residence, office, and architecture school. Participants tour the grounds and selected buildings in the complex and along the way learn a great deal about how the natural environment informed Wright's designs for the built environment. My brother and I did the one hour tour which seemed perfect in duration and scope.
Rating: 5
Amazing Hour!
LepLover69 Sat, Aug 9  10:15 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The tour was amazing! Beyond the obvious asthetic beauty, our guide Char was terrific! She was so knowledgable and friendly. She took time to find out what brough us to the tour and then focused alot of our tour on those areas. As a (very) amatuer photographer, she pointed out some places to get wonderful photos. I learned so much about FLW, architecture and the area around Scottsdale. Spending the time there only enhanced my interest in the man! Additionally, Char made sure that I knew where the Biltmore was so that we could check it out as well. Another beautiful site! Anyone that is remotely interested in architecture, bringing the outdoors in/indoors out, or Frank Lloyd Wright must visit this property when in the area...but be sure to have a full camera battery and empty memory card as there are simply too many sights to count and you will want to remember them later. Thank you to the FLW foundation for maintaining and opening this house. It was the HIGHLIGHT of my Arizona trip! Crystal Denver, CO
Rating: 5
A day to remember that brought me back in time.
BrownKat Fri, Aug 8  2:15 PM Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
 
I've always wanted to visit FLW's campus, but I didn't know how many wonderful, forms of natural beauty I'd see and learn about. Our tour guide, Lori was so patient and informative which made our visit captivating. I shot many photographs and was amazed at Mr. Wright's genius in creating a 'community' from our Arizona's organic surroundings. The sculpture garden is incredible & unique, so beautiful in flowing forms. The staff was inviting and full of information. It is a place of peace that I have already 'spread the word' about and will definitely bring visitors to again. Thank you kindly, Kathleen Brown.
Rating: 5
Insightful and inspiring
Maxwell14 Sun, Aug 3  10:15 AM Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
The guide was totally versed on the facts and had several insight about what made Frank Lloyd Wright tick. It was like a walk in the park, a trip through and art gallery and a visit to a museum rolled into one. Never boring, our second trip, reminded us how diverse a group finds this a great event. Our group was made up of mostly foreigners with their children. All enjoyed. It definitely is like taking a step out of time.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811.
What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
What about bad weather?
Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
Is Taliesin West open all year round?
Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Panorama Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our Calendar of Other Activities for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
While we have a soda machine outside the bookstore, we don't have food available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
What about guests with special needs?
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you allow private parties or events?
Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
Do you offer large group tours?
Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
Can we do a private tour?
With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.

About

Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.

The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.

Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.
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