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Desert architecture

Taliesin West, acclaimed as one of the finest works of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the 20th century’s greatest architects, is a National Historic Landmark situated on 550 acres of Sonoran desert.  Begun in 1937, the sprawling complex began life as Wright’s “desert camp,” eventually becoming his winter home, studio, and the international headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, which operates one of the world’s most exclusive schools of architecture. 

 Wright’s design integrates splendid outdoor features, including terraces, gardens and walkways with a remarkable set of buildings designed around open spaces, light and views of the desert valley.  The beauty and unusual form of the complex, as well as fascinating stories of Wright’s somewhat eccentric genius are all showcased in six different guided tours, of which the 90-minute “Insights Tour” is the most popular and ideal for groups.  Don’t miss it!       

Bob Hoelscher, CTC, CTP, MCC, CTIE, is a longtime travel industry executive who has sold his tour company, bought a motorhome and is traveling the highways and byways of America.  He is a former chairman of NTA, and was a founding member of Travel Alliance Partners (TAP).

Well-known in the industry as both a baseball and symphony aficionado, Bob is also one of the country’s biggest fans of our national parks, both large and small.  He has already visited more than 325 NPS sites and has several dozen yet to see.  He is currently traveling the country to visit as many of those parks as possible.  His blog, “Travels with Bob,” appears periodically on The Group Travel Leader’s blogsite, “Are We There Yet”. 

Bob is available for contractual work in the industry and may be reached at or by calling (435) 590-1553.


All photos of Taliesin West