many visitors to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, location is the main draw. There’s no denying the attraction of
spectacular Sonoran Desert scenery, breathtaking Camelback Mountain, and a
sunny Arizona climate. All these natural features have spawned a huge resort
community with world-renown golf courses and spas.
|Golf at nearby Gainey Ranch offers spectacular scenery|
even visitors who chose to downscale their accommodations will find the area
offers numerous attractions for a variety of interests. Spend a few hours a day
away from your hotel or resort exploring these interesting sights:
Musical Instrument Museum—Fun for the non-musical visitor as well as those who play
an instrument. Whether you know much about music or not, you’ll enjoy the
diversity found in this museum. Learn about and hear musical instruments from
every country in the world as they bring to life sights and sounds of different
destinations. See guitars from the earliest models up to present day
instruments. Listen to an antique organ, explore cultures through the sounds
that represent their lives.
|Check out unique instruments at the Musical Instrument Museum|
—Built by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s, this stunning project
was constantly expanded and modified until the architect’s death in 1959.
Regarded as one of his greatest masterpieces, Taliesin West was literally built
out of the desert using rocks and sand to balance the design with the
surrounding environment. Guided tours lead you through the buildings and
explain Wright’s theories as brought to reality here. Architecture students
still study the master’s talent in extended workshops.
|Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed and lived in Taliesin West.|
Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taliesin West, reopened on Oct. 15, 2020 in
Scottsdale with a new self-guided audio tour which provides visitors a safe and
interactive experience accessed through their personal smartphone. The
highlight of the audio tour is hearing Wright’s own spoken words firsthand
through original audio recordings. Wright discusses his work and sources of
inspiration at Taliesin West and across the United States.
Desert Botanical Garden—The world’s finest collection of arid-land plants and
wildflowers is displayed in a beautifully landscaped outdoor garden. Five
thematic trails illustrate topics such as conservation, desert living, plants
and people of the desert. Rather than finding the garden a dry, barren plot of
land, you’ll begin to appreciate how alive the desert is with colorful blooms
and adapted creatures.
|Desert Botanical Garden showcases beautiful and unusual plants.|
Hot air balloon ride
|Get a bird's-eye view of the Sonoran Desert.|
—On this magical adventure observe the Sonoran Desert from
above while drifting tranquilly on a sunrise flight. Feel wispy breezes while inhaling
fresh air. Watch the balloon get
inflated and then observe the captain masterfully use air currents to raise the
wicker basket a mile above earth. Riding in the balloon’s basket is a thrilling
experience and provides unobstructed views for the best photographs of this
unique landscape, not to mention a couple of jackrabbits scampering below.
Afterwards, bask in the glow of a successful flight at a traditional champagne
breakfast served on white-clothed tables
set up where the balloon lands.
Photos by Larry and Beverly Burmeier
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