Start your day at the Musical Instrument Museum and its fascinating collection of 15,000 instruments from some 200 countries.
From folk and tribal music to exhibits on Elvis Presley and Taylor Swift, this sweeping museum is ranked as Phoenix’s #1 attraction.
Exhibits for each country include videos of local musicians playing the instruments – and GPS-activated headphones you get on arrival to hear their performances. It’s an amazing full sensory experience.
Don’t miss the Experience Gallery where you can touch and play an array of instruments yourself. Grab a Peruvian harp or a gong to create some unique sounds from around the world.
Finish your visit with a snack at the delicious Cafe Allegro. And stop by the gift shop for some unique Phoenix souvenirs.
AFTERNOON: Taliesin West
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale | On Google Maps |Tickets: $39-49
This architectural masterpiece was Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and studio in the Sonoran desert. And it’s a stunning example of his brand of modern organic architecture.
Today the former home of the master architect is open for tours as a National Historic Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
And it’s an absolute must-see for any architecture and arts lover.
The home blends seamlessly into the rugged landscape. And it showcases Frank Lloyd Wright’s concept of architecture in balance with the local environment.
Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the incredible gift shop filled with unique items – from Art Deco inspired throws and jewelry to lasercut wood lanterns.
Inside Taliesin West is filled with mid-century furniture, gorgeous art and ingenious design that offers surprising twists around every corner. You’ll definitely leave feeling inspired.
Take a self-guided audio tour (1 hour) or join a more in-depth guided tour with an expert guide (1 hour and a half), which I’d recommend.