Signature City Phoenix-Scottsdale
Get an insider’s view on Arizona’s Valley of the Sun as you join experts to explore world-renowned cultural institutions, unique desert landscapes and historic Old Town Scottsdale.
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Program No. 21299RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Explore Arizona’s Valley of the Sun on daily adventures spotlighting the history and culture of the Southwest’s most dynamic city and its environs — from iconic Camelback Mountain to the copper-domed State Capitol. Discover the region’s prehistoric and modern Native American cultures with a visit to the famed Heard Museum. View the city’s mix of architectural styles including Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri. Experience the music of the city and the world at Phoenix’ newest sensation — the Musical Instrument Museum. Stay in Old Town Scottsdale where its true western roots are juxtaposed against its modern and upscale new Southwest style.
Activity Level
Walking up to a one-half mile and standing in museums for up to two hours.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Phoenix Art Museum, Musical Instrument Museum and Wright’s Taliesin West.
  • Explore the Desert Botanical Garden and sit under the stars around a campfire following dinner on a ranch.
  • Enjoy world-class galleries and a Western-themed ambiance while strolling Old Town Scottsdale.

General Notes

This program complements “Valley of The Sun: Hidden Gems of Phoenix” (#21812). Those interested in extending their stay may wish to combine the two programs.
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Jennifer Beltz
Jennifer Beltz is a former interpretive park ranger at Phantom Ranch, located in Grand Canyon National Park. She has worked as a naturalist and national park ranger throughout the United States, was co-coordinator of a Road Scholar service program that built a health clinic in Brazil, and has worked on many intergenerational programs. Jennifer has lectured in the Department of Geography and Public Planning at Northern Arizona University and has led programs for Road Scholar since 1992.
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