Great Architecture of the Southwest



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The Southwest is known for its endless vista* and frugal landscape. What is less known is that this landscape ha* inspired architects since Ancient times. Beginning with the Sinagua and Ana*azi around 1000 A.D., people have been building enormous structures into the gaping domes, onto the flat desert and over the red rock mesa* of the Southwest. Not only ancient inhabitants, but modern architects, most namely Frank Lloyd Wright, have found this landscape alluring and welcoming to human structure. Visit area* from Central to Northern Arizona where some of the most dazzling structures stand. From the Sinagua Indians to the experimental Paulo Soleri, this trip includes 1000 years of living in ten days.

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The Coffee Pot

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2050 W State Rte 89A
(north side of Hwy 89A)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 6626


Rene at Tlaquepaque

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336 Hwy 179
(Tlaquepaque)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 9225


Walnut Canyon National Monument

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Location:

Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Contact:

tel: 928 527-1246
fax: +1 928 526-4259


Day 1 - Phoenix


Begin your trip at the Biltmore Resort and Spa, built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1929 by Frank Lloyd Wright. Spend the day hiking around the premises, sporting golf, swimming, or tennis, or simply lounging in your luxurious room. When you get to live in a piece of exquisite architecture, you realize exactly what makes it so exquisite.


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Wright's

Location:

2400 East Arizona Biltmore Circle
(northeast of 24th Street & Camelback Road)
Phoenix, AZ 85016

Contact:

tel: 1 602 954 2507


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Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

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Location:

2400 E. Missouri Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Contact:

tel: +1 602 955 6600 / +1 800 950 2575
fax: +1 602 381 7600


Day 2 - Phoenix


Continue exploring some of Wright's Arizona creations. Taliesin is an active architecture inst**ute to this day. When I visited I could not get over the landscaping of water, soil, and concrete built to mimic how the pools of water, earth, and rock interact in the rugged Southwest. Many see this landscape a* a wa*teland. Wright, and those people like me who decide to stay in the area, see it a* the most impressive habitat our planet ha* to offer. Wish it wa*n't so built on and drained...


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First Christian Church

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6750 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85013

Contact:

tel: +1 602 246 9206


Day 3 - Sedona


Jerome is a unique place. Artists, bikers, and cowboys alike live in this town, not to mention the ghosts of time's pa*t. Soak in all walks of life here, and don't miss out on the mountain views.


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Jerome

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, 86331

Contact:

tel: 928 634 7943


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Red's at Sedona Rouge

Location:

2250 West Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 203 4111
fax: 928 203 9094


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Sedona Rouge Hotel And Spa

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Location:

2250 W Highway 89a
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 203 4111
fax: 928 203 9094


Day 4 - Sedona


Ba*k in some of Sedona's charm. Tlaquepaqu wa* built to resemble an old Mexican town square and while it does, it also houses contemporary southwest art New Age to Native. In addition, there's a bakery for dogs that even leaves owners salivating. Enchantment is a luxurious human refuge built into the red rocks of Boynton Canyon. A cata*trophe to preservationists, a ma*terpiece to recreationists, whether you go for the canyon or the resort, you'll find something to gawk at.


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Tlaquepaque

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Location:

336 State Hwy 179
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 4838
fax: 928 282 4805


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Chapel at Tlaquepaque

Location:

336 Street Highway 179
(P. O. Box 1868; at Tlaquepaque)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 4838
fax: 1 520 282 4805


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El Rincon

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Location:

336 State Route 179
(At the bridge in Tlaquepaque)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 4648


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Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa

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Location:

525 Boynton Canyon Road
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 2900 / 800 826 4180 Reservations
fax: 928 282 9249


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Yavapai Restaurant

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Location:

525 Boynton Canyon
(At Enchantment Resort)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 204 6000 / 928 282 2900 (Resort)


Day 5 - Sedona, Grand Canyon


One stop in Sedona before taking the long drive up to the North rim. Many people skip the North Rim of the Grand Canyon when they tour the Southwest because it is far out of the way. However, it's worth the view, the quiet, the 1000 extra feet of elevation hovering over the abyss, and the Grand Canyon Lodge. If you can't fit it in your itinerary, so be it, but if you can, make your way up there. The South Rim is like a zoo in comparison.


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Chapel of the Holy Cross

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Location:

780 Chapel Road
(East of State Route 179)
Sedona, AZ 86336

Contact:

tel: 928 282 4069


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Grand Canyon Lodge

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Grand Canyon N Rim
Grand Canyon North Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86052

Contact:

tel: 928 638 2611
fax: 928 638 2554


Day 7 - Grand Canyon


Now you may sense a striking difference between the North and the South Rims, both in human and ecological population. If you do, you're paying attention. Despite the crowds, the South Rim offers exceptional views and day hikes into the canyon. El Tovar is an historic hotel that you should book ahead of time, while the Arizona Room in Bright Angel Lodge is the spot for dinner.


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Historical District/Grand Canyon Village

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Location:

Grand Canyon Village
South Rim
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact:

tel: +1 928 638 7888


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El Tovar Dining Room

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Location:

El Tovar Lodge
P. O. Box 699
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023

Contact:

tel: +1 928 638 2631


Day 8 - Flagstaff


Instead of taking Rt 180 straight down to Flagstaff, cross Ea*t on Rt 64 to Cameron and stop at Sunset Crater and Wupatki National Monument (same turn-off). After exploring a Sinagua Village and seeing the lava flow and the crater (known a* sunset) made during a volcano eruption. Head down to Flagstaff for some chic and fabulous sushi and visit a few more architectural flagstones in the afternoon. Check out Lowell Observatory's schedule to see if they have a nighttime event (they host these 2-3 nights a week in the summer). At these events you get to tour the telescope structures and view the cosmos at the same time.


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Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

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Flagstaff Areas
2717 N. Steves Blvd. #3
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Contact:

tel: 520-556-7134


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Karma

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Location:

6 E. Route 66
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: 928 774-6100


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Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

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Location:

409 W. Riordan Rd
(Off South Milton Road at Bookmans Plaza)
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: +1 928 779 4395
fax: +1 928 556 0253


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Lowell Observatory

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Location:

1400 W. Mars Hill Rd
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: (928) 774-3358


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Rendezvous

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Location:

100 N. San Francisco St., 107
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Contact:

tel: 928 774 6971


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Little America Hotel

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Location:

2515 East Butler Avenue
Flagstaff, AZ 86004

Contact:

tel: +1 928 779 2741 / +1 800 865 1401
fax: +1 928 779 7983


Day 9 -


Stop by Macy's (not to be confused with the Department Store), the premier Flagstaff venue for coffee, local music, and the local scene before heading down south again. On your way to Camp Verde, where you'll be staying at an historical Hacienda, visit more Sinaguan ruins, one atop a hill, and one inside a cliff, to get the full sense of how architecture is built to fit into the landscape of the Southwest.


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Montezuma's Castle

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Location:

, 86322

Contact:

tel: 928 567 3322 / 928 567 5276 (Headquarters)


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Tuzigoot National Monument

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Location:

P.O. Box 68
, 86324

Contact:

tel: 520 634 5564


Day 10 - Mayer


One more stop before heading home: Arcosanti. An experimental living space constructed for sustainable, communal living, Arcosanti continues to be a home for artists and farmers alike. A* a visitor, you will be introduced to the signature artisan product of the town (bells) and might feel a* if your experience wa* not authentic. Well, it won't be until you live there. But if you go with a strong imagination and an interest in the kind of space-making that Paulo Soleri conceived, then you will come out of this visit with a lot to think about. End your trip at one of the hippest and most romantic restaurants in Phoenix and the Biltmore Resort for one la*t night. If you have time before your flight tomorrow, you could even schedule a spa treatment for the morning, a preemptive strike against the stress of flying.


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Arcosanti

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Location:

Interstate 17 & State Route 169
(HC 74 Box 4136; address is approximate, I-17 north to exit 262; then east following the signs)
Mayer, AZ 86333

Contact:

tel: 928 632 6217 / 928 632 7135
fax: 928 632 6229


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