Travel Classics Writers Conference October 2009 in Scottsdale, Arizona

Travel Classics West 2009
Pre- and Post-Conference Familiarization Tours

Art & Cultural Wonder

Discover the influence that Frank Lloyd Wright had on the Valley of the Sun's architectural landscape with visits to Taliesin West, Cosanti Foundation, Grady Gammage Auditorium, the Frank Lloyd Wright spire, and the Arizona Biltmore.

Dig into Arizona's edgier art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or Tempe's ASU Art Museum. You also can visit downtown Phoenix's warehouse district and browse the galleries at your leisure or visit downtown Scottsdale's Marshall Way Arts District.

Experiencing the art and culture of the Valley of the Sun doesn't have to break the bank. Downtown Scottsdale is home to an extensive public art collection that is on display for visitors to enjoy at no cost. There also is the free Scottsdale ArtWalk where you can experience artist demonstrations and cocktail receptions. Phoenix's First Friday is a monthly event where you can take a self-guided tour of the area's galleries, studios and art spaces.

Want to drink from the cowboy culture but keep clear of the saddle? Check out the Desert Caballeros Museum in Historic Downtown Wickenburg. This world renowned facility boasts a revolving collection of western art and artifacts that paint a spectacular picture of the Wild West.

Cowboys, farmers and ranchers wove the fabric that is the Glendale of today and visitors are afforded a number of ways to catch a glimpse of these pioneers at the many cultural and heritage attractions within the city. From The Bead Museum that boasts a collection of 100,000 beads and beadwork pieces to the city's hometown chocolate shop, Cerreta Candy Company, and the award-winning Xeriscape Botanical Garden, art and culture abounds in Glendale.
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