Thursday, June 18, 2009

Photo Scrapbook: Tucson Sightseeing

As well as being named one of the top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada, Tohono Chul Park is "a living museum" within the City of Tucson. It's a wonderful, ever-changing oasis also affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Lunch at the Tohono Chul Park Tea Room is a great way to end a visit to what is called "an Arizona Treasure." Doug and I visited the park with Barbara, a long-time friend and retired teaching colleague from Park Ridge, Illinois. She spends her winters in Tucson.

Visitors to Tucson should definitely make plans to tour the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place. More than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants are on display. The Cactus Garden features nearly 100 species of cactus and other desert plants.

It was quite a pleasant surprise to learn that my former neighbors from Richmond, Illinois would be in Tucson the same time Doug and I would be there. We met for an afternoon at the Desert Museum; Sue (far right) and I walked along the paths traversing the Desert Museum's 21 acres.

We also visited the Sabino Canyon, which is located in Tucson's Coronado National Forest. After leaving Lower Sabino Canyon and crossing over nine stone bridges, the tram climbed nearly 4 miles to Stop #9 in the Upper Sabino Canyon, called one of the most beautiful canyons in southern Arizona and very popular with hikers and bicyclists.

(blog entries by Heidi Hutson)

1 comment:

John said...

Wow, I must visit these places, next time I go in Tucson. I like it very much there, but last time I was there only for 2 days. However, I must say that everything there is just fantastic - the food is delicious, the weather is nice, there is a lot to be seen, and the hotels in Tucson are just marvelous.