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: At the hotelEvening: This evening, we'll be treated to a performance by well-known country and 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. 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. 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 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: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions. The hotel's Breeze Patio Bar and Grill will be open for those who prefer to remain at the hotel.Evening: Free eveningLodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We'll embark on a walking exploration of the University of Arizona campus following the museum visit, then board our coach and depart for the Tucson Museum of Art.Lunch: On your own at the museum's Café a la CarteAfternoon: Visit the Tucson Museum of Art.
First established in 1924 as the Tucson Fine Arts Association, the Museum made its home in the Kingan House on Franklin Street in the El Presidio Historic District. In 1954 the association was officially renamed the Tucson Art Center.
In 1975 the Center moved to its present location and became the caretaker of five historic properties – La Casa Cordova, Romero House, Edward Nye Fish House, Stevens/Duffield House and the J. Knox Corbett House – and the name was changed to the Tucson Museum of Art. Today the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block encompasses an entire city block in historic downtown Tucson, and features original and traveling exhibitions focusing on Art of Latin America, Art of the American West, Modern and Contemporary Art and Asian Art.Dinner: Dinner will be at the Blue Willow Restaurant.
The Blue Willow"s main dining room is located in a 1940 adobe house that once served as a rental for the University of Arizona. As Campbell Avenue filled with businesses, the building(s) that make up Blue Willow housed everything from a mechanics garage to preschool and small attached antique shop. In 1978, the Blue Willow, Restaurant, Poster Gallery, and Bakery opened when Janet Seidler had the vision to provide fresh, homemade food seven days per week, with the emphasis of fresh ingedients and home cooking. Seidler also saw the adjacent space as an opportunity to sell cards and inexpensive art posters. The business has continued to thrive and evolve into a well known full service restaurant, bakery, and gift shop, serving many loyal customers that enjoy the lush year-round patio and cozy converted adobe house that now serves as the main dining room. Unique cards, gifts, and jewelry are available in the attached gift shop. Now co-owned and operated by Rebecca Ramey, the Blue Willow continues to thrive providing breakfast served all day, satisfying lunches, and delectable dinners.
We'll arrive for dinner at approximately 5:00 PM, returning to the hotel by 7:00 PM.Evening: 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 our visit to Old Tucson Studios later this week.Lodging: Radisson Suites TucsonMeals Included: Breakfast, 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: 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 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