Signature City Tucson
Dive deep into Tucson’s colorful history as you learn about important monuments, Spanish colonization, pioneer settlements and rich traditions of art, education and cuisine.
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Program No. 20397RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In a high-desert valley surrounded by four mountain ranges, Tucson has emerged from a landscape inhabited by Native Americans 12,000 years ago to become a cosmopolitan city of a half-million — alternately shaped by Spanish invasion, Mexican jurisdiction, Old West settlers and the founding of a major university in 1885. Discover this fascinating evolution during a remarkable city adventure that delves into the area’s archaeology, desert landscapes, arts and music, museums, sumptuous local cuisine and more.
Activity Level
Walking up to one mile over uneven terrain, standing up to one hour.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • On a field trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, explore a world-class zoo, natural history museum and botanic garden.
  • Visit the studio and gallery of the late Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia.
  • Experience some of Tucson's special highlights.
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James Turner
James Turner has a master’s degree in U.S. history and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona. He has been a teacher of Arizona history since 1976. In 2001, he began his career as historian for the Arizona Historical Society, where his chief duty was to support non-profit history museums throughout the state. James enjoys sharing his knowledge on the history of Arizona, the Southwest and Mexico during classes for the museum docents and general public.
James Turner
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