We really enjoyed our stay in Tucson! The weather was beautiful and everyone we met seemed happy (I think it’s because they knew they were living in such a beautiful place with over 300 days of sunshine 😎). We stayed at Rincon Country West, this large community had a lot of activities for residents, they even had a small farmers market. There were several Washingtonian snowbirds living there, they shared their favorite places to visit around the area. Several people told us to purchase the Tucson attractions passport, which includes savings for many of the most popular attractions in the area.
Our first stop was Old Tucson, a cool place where a lot of new and old Western movies have been filmed. We enjoyed watching a gunfight and stunt show, there was also a stagecoach and train ride!
The highlight of our visit to Tucson was the The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. We learned so much about the history of the area and the incredible wildlife that has survived and flourished in this desert environment.
Interesting fact we learned at the museum about Tucson:
250,000,000 years ago Tucson was covered by a warm shallow sea.
We visited the Kartchner Caverns. The story about the discovery and preservation of this place is fascinating! No bags, backpacks, phones, cameras, etc. are allow in the caverns, we went thru 2 airlocks and were misted to keep the caverns as pristine as possible. We could take a picture in the visitors center of a sloth, it’s skeleton was foun
d in the caverns.
We hiked the Sentinel Peak trail, “A” mountain, to see a beautiful view of Tucson!
I visited Tohono Chul, a botanical garden and gallery, it was peaceful and meditative.
We went to see the Mission San Xavier Del Bac, it is a National Historic Landmark built in 1692. The history, sculptures, architecture and paintings are beautiful. I’m glad we had the opportunity to visit the mission on the Tohono O’odham reservation.
Hugh golfed at Arizona National with a group from Rincon Country!
A local told us to try a hispanic seafood restaurant called Casa Valencia, the food was AWESOME! We were so impressed with their food we stopped there on our way home from Texas.
Mesa, AZ to Tucson, AZ – 133 miles