If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: Buffet at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
A National Historic Landmark, San Xavier Mission was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692. Construction of the current church began in 1783 and was completed in 1797.
The oldest intact European structure in Arizona, the church's interior is filled with marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Its Baroque architectural style and masonry vaulted roof make it unique among Spanish Colonial buildings in the United States.Dinner: Western barbecue dinner at the hotelEvening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by well-known Western guitarist/vocalist Bill Ganz.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Established in 1922, El Charro Café of Tucson is the nation’s oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family, featuring traditional Sonoran-style and innovative Tucson-style Mexican food.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Sabino Canyon. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson. For many visitors to the Southwest, this area provides their first close encounter with the Sonoran Desert and the fascinating variety of plants and animals that make it their home. There is a self-guided Desert Nature Trail at the Sabino Canyon Visitor Center that
provides an excellent way to get to know the plants that have adapted to living in this demanding environment.
On arrival, we'll take the shuttle excursion through the property, then have some time for independent explorations on our own.
We'll return to the hotel by 5:30 PM.Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. There are a number of restaurants near the hotel, and taxi service is available for transportation to restaurants in other parts of Tucson. The hotel's Breeze Patio Bar and Grill will be open for those who prefer to dine in.Evening: Free eveningLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We will see the unparalleled technology and revolutionary processes involved in making the next generation of telescopes that will explore deep into outer space and produce cutting-edge scientific research. These new generation giant optical telescopes are changing the way we explore the universe. (Closed-toe shoes are required for this visit.)Return to the hotel for some free time before dinner.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: This evening we'll hear about filmmaking in the area. Tucson has been the setting for dozens of big-screen productions and television westerns for over 70 years; this lecture will help prepare us for tomorrow's visit to Old Tucson Studios.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one location. Exhibits depict the natural landscape of the Sonora Desert region so realistically that we find ourselves looking into the eyes of mountain lions, prairie dogs, Gila monsters and more! There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert with more than 300 animal species and 1,200 kinds of plants.Lunch: Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, our motorcoach will transport us to Old Tucson Studios, a movie studio and theme park. Built in 1939 as a film set for the movie "Arizona," it has since been used for filming movies and television shows, including "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral" and "Little House on the Prairie." The main street at Old Tucson appears prominently in 1990s westerns such as "Tombstone." The Heritage Square Project, a 5,000 square-foot spread with three new streets lined with 12 new buildings was completed in 2011.
We will have an exploration of the site, learn about its history and the movies filmed there, and enjoy live-cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: Program closing in our hotel meeting room. We'll share our experiences and exchange our farewells.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast