T-Birds in the Desert: Just a bit outside

View from Thunderbird Conservancy Park, courtesy of Kate Stout

The great outdoors of Arizona beckons but alas, we must stare at the Stacks instead of the sunsets in Sedona.  We all have “must-see” lists to hit before we leave AZ and here are a few more “off-the-beaten” track destinations (within a 30 mile radius) to consider:

Taliesin West

Once Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and now the main campus for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and School of Architecture, when one has the opportunity to tour a Frank Lloyd Wright building, it’s a must.  The Night Lights Tour on Friday evening is especially lovely. Directions: http://www.franklloydwright.org/about/TaliesinWestTours.html

Music Instrument Museum

A local favorite, this museum is always mentioned whenever one asks a local, “so what else is here?’  The world’s only global musical instrument museum, it currently has a “Woman who Rock” exhibit on loan from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame through April.  As someone who has been to the Rock and Roll Museum, this may be worth a look.  Tickets, dates here: http://mim.org

Arizona Theater Company

For those of us still looking toward the bright lights of Broadway, the Arizona Theater Company in Phoenix may hold us over until we get home.  Other Desert Cities and Venus in Fur are coming in February and May, respectively. Both were Tony award winners and will be worth the trip to Phoenix.  Directions and tickets here: http://azbroadway.org

Thunderbird Conservation Park

Minutes away from the school, Thunderbird Conservation Park is an ideal spot to watch a sunrise during a brisk morning walk or catch the sunset during a light evening hike.  Either way, it’s a good spot to look up at the sherbet-colored sky before you look back down at your course pack.  No excuse not to bask!   Directions and hiking maps here: http://www.glendaleaz.com/parksandrecreation/thunderbirdpark.cfm

To share your experiences and outing recommendations for upcoming issues, please submit to kstout@global.t-bird.edu by 5pm Friday. 

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