USModernist Frank Lloyd Wright Modernist Phoenix Tour
Featuring Taliesin West and Arcosanti

November 1-5, 2018

If you're into Modernist architecture, you don't want to miss USModernist's trip to Phoenix, the desert city Frank Lloyd Wright made his western headquarters at Taliesin. Enjoy four nights and five days of sunny mid-century architecture, from art to furnishings to lifestyles to food to houses!

You'll fly to Phoenix on American Airlines, then we have a private coach to take us around Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Are breakfasts included?  Yes. How about Hotel?  Four nights in the Embassy Suites, right on the light rail to downtown.  Plus we give you a rail pass.  There's a welcome dinner at the swanky Valley Ho Hotel and a farewell dinner at the Arizona Biltmore.  Plus our own free happy hour each afternoon, art museums, amazing houses, art walks, and wonderful dinners. Pretty incredible, eh?  Indeed.

Plus each person receives a free year's membership per person (or a year extension for current members) in the NCModernist Mod Squad, Terrazzo Level ($125 value)

This amazing trip Includes:

Roundtrip flight from RDU to Phoenix on American Airlines

All transportation and admissions for group tours

Four nights at the Embassy Suites in Phoenix, with your own suite, a free breakfast and happy hour each day

Welcome and farewell dinners

Most lunches and all breakfasts

Thursday Nov 1

6am - Fly to Phoenix via American Airlines

1230pm - Lunch at Palette at the Phoenix Art Museum, then tour Museum

2pm - Check into the Embassy Suites, Phoenix

330pm - FLW First Christian Church Tour

6pm Dinner at the Tapas Papas Fritas

7pm - Scottsdale Art Walk through downtown


Phoenix Art Museum, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien

Embassy Suites

Valley Ho Hotel, designed by Edward Varney, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright

Scottsdale Art Walk
Friday Nov 2  

6am - Breakfast until 9am

11am - Tour Harold Price House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

1pm - Tour Musical Instrument Museum, followed by lunch at Allegro

230pm - Tour Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

530pm - Happy Hour at Embassy Suites

7pm - Light Rail to First Friday Phoenix Art Walk downtown, dinner on your own 


Musical Instrument Museum, designed by RSP Architects

Harold Price House, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Taliesin West, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

Saturday Nov 3

8am - Breakfast and Briefing

9am - Extended Modernist Bus Tour with Alison King, founder of Modern Phoenix

12n - Lunch provided as we roll

2pm - Tour ends, free time

530pm - Free Happy Hour at the Embassy Suites

6pm - Free evening, dinner on your own

Alison King

Scheduled locations may include: 

Guirey House by Fred Guirey

Executive Towers by Al Beadle

  Valley National Bank by Frank Henry for Weaver and Drover. A 25 year AIA Award winner

Phoenix Financial Center - DOCOMOMO Award Winner for restoration

Sunday Nov 4

8am - Breakfast at the Hotel

930am - The Boomer Cottage House

11am - Cosanti

530pm - Free Happy Hour at the Embassy

630pm - Farewell Dinner: Frank and Albert's at the Arizona Biltmore Waldorf Astoria

The Jorgine Boomer Cottage, by Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank and Albert's
Monday Nov 5

8am - Breakfast and checkout

830am - Tour Arcosanti, Paulo Soleri's amazing architectural oasis including lunch

1pm - Depart for airport

350pm - Depart for RDU


Arcosanti, designed by Paulo Soleri

How It Works:

NCModernist travels light! No checked baggage allowed, just a carryon plus a personal item (purse or small backpack).  Weather in Phoenix is usually cool and sunny.  Tours are by bus and on foot, walking 1-2 miles a day over the course of 4-5 hours, so bring comfortable walking shoes. 

$2,399 General Public Double Occupancy
$2,799 General Public Single Occupancy
$2,299 Mod Squad Double Occupancy
$2,699 Mod Squad Single Occupancy

Questions? Contact NCModernist Executive Director George Smart at 919.740.8407.  Proceeds benefit NCModernist's ongoing documentation, preservation, and promotion projects.  We are a North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit.

The Fine Print:

The itinerary and order of events are subject to change without notice or refund.

Once payment is made, there are no refunds for any reason except for trip cancellation. However, you can transfer your place to another person with four weeks written notice. 

Participants must sign a liability release before departing, as is standard with all USModernist trips.

There is NO SMOKING at the hotel or on the bus.

Parking at RDU airport is not included. Incidental charges to your hotel room are not included.

Architects can get self-reported CEU hours if arranged in advance with the AIA.

There is a small but possible risk of overnight stay if flights are cancelled or delayed, in that case participants are responsible for any additional costs of meals, lodging, transportation, and incidental expenses.