Tucson, AZ.

Tucson and the surrounding area is full of interesting things to do. Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Turquoise Trail, Tucson offers a historical walking tour of downtown. This self-guided walking trail is a 2 1/2 mile loop that begins and ends at the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson Museum, which reconstructs the original Presidio built in 1775.

We really enjoyed walking the Turquoise Trail. It gave us a pretty good look at the city of Tucson.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98 acre zoo/ aquarium/ botanical garden/ natural history museum. IMG_3522

Its home to over 2 miles of walking paths, 230 animal species, and over 1200 varieties of plants. One could spend hours exploring this wonderful place.

The desert plants are beautiful, making the gardens here fun to walk through.IMG_0356

Saguaro National Park is located near the museum, so a short drive brought us to this beautiful park. It has 12 miles of paved roads and 8 1/2 miles of dirt roads including the Bajada Loop Drive. This loop gave us spectacular views of the desert and the sunset.

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The spirit of the wild west is alive and well in the town of Tombstone. The buildings and streets still have the feel of the west during its wild days. From the OK Corral to the county courthouse, with the gallows still in the courtyard, we had a fun day exploring this awesome, rough and tough town.

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Tucson and the surrounding desert mountains was the backdrop for many western films. What better way to experience this era then to visit Old Tucson. A film studio located outside of Tucson, one can recognize the sets used in these films such as, El Dorado, Rio Bravo, McLintock, Young Guns II, Tombstone, Lighting Jack, High Chaparral and many more.

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There’s lots to do here, and one can easily spend a whole day feeling like your in the movies!

Finally, I’d like to say THANK YOU to our friends from Michigan, Mark and Angie, for taking the time to come visit us! We had a blast exploring together all the interesting places mentioned above. You guys made our week fun, and we’re looking forward to your next visit!IMG_3616 (2)