Register with program's group leader in designated area from 4:00-5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner in hotel dining area from 6:00-7:00 PMEvening: Orientation and introductions from 7:00-7:30 PM, followed by a performance by a well-known country/Western guitarist/vocalist.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Dinner
The University campus is interesting in itself, with architectural styles dating from many different periods. We'll have a bus ride around the campus so we can see how large and well-planned it is.
We'll return to the hotel no later than 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: From 7:00-9:00 PM, we'll have a class about movies filmed in Tucson.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then depart for the Tucson Museum of Art. Located in the historic El Presidio neighborhood of downtown Tucson and part of the Historic Block in the Presidio area, there are five houses that have been restored; each has wonderful things to look at and enjoy. The five are: La Casa Cordova, listed on the National Register of Historic Places - it has been restored to the original floor plan from 1883 and the interior has been restored and furnished in the style of an 1850 northern Sonora dwelling.
The Fish House was once the home of Edward Nye Fish, a politician and entrepreneur of the 19th century. Built on the site of old Mexican barracks, the building now houses the John K. Goodman Pavilion of Western Art.
The CJ Knox Corbett House was built in 1906 for the Corbett family. The brick and stucco building is a mission-revival style two-story home that has been restored and features period pieces from the American Arts and Crafts era. The furnishings include mahogany furniture and European imports.
The Stevens Home was the home of cattle baron Hiram Sanford Stevens. It became the social center of 19th century Tucson. The Stevens Home houses the Art of the Americas collection, including pre-Columbian, Mexican folk art, and colonial works.
The Romero House was built in 1868 and is a ceramics studio. It incorporates part of the original Presidio wall. The original owner was Leonardo Romero, the town carpenter.Lunch: Lunch on your own at Cafe a la Carte in the main courtyard of the Tucson Museum of Art.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll spend some more time at the Museum, then meet the bus at a designated location to return to the hotel.
After we get back to the hotel, we'll have some time at leisure before dinner.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, 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, they have several locations thoughout Tucson.
Afternoon: After lunch, we'll visit Sabino Canyon. This extremely popular recreation area is located along Sabino Creek at the edge of Tucson, Arizona. For many who come 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 tram 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: Dinner tonight is on your own.
There are several restaurants near the hotel. The hotel offers dinner service for those who would prefer not to go out.Evening: Evening at leisureLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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: Lunch at Ironwood Terraces Restaurant at the Desert MuseumAfternoon: After lunch, our coach will take 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 westerns, 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: Dinner and program closing at the hotelEvening: After dinner, we'll go the Music Hall at the convention center for the Tucson Symphony's special concert with the Canadian Brass. This will be a wonderful evening, filled with glorious music and incredibly fine performers.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner