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The Best of Tucson: Cuisine, Cactus & Culture in the High Desert

Dive deep into Tucson’s colorful history as you learn about Native communities, Spanish colonization, pioneer settlements and rich traditions of art, education and cuisine.
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Program No. 20397RJ
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7 days
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1,849
Arizona

The Best of Tucson: Cuisine, Cactus & Culture in the High Desert

Dive deep into Tucson’s colorful history as you learn about Native communities, Spanish colonization, pioneer settlements and rich traditions of art, education and cuisine.
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7 days
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Program No. 20397 RJ
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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.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit several of Tucson's best museums, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: a world-class zoo, natural history museum and botanic garden.
  • Enjoy a farm to table experience & cooking demonstration that will show you why Tucson has been designated UNESCO's first city of gastronomy in the US.
  • Explore the Tohono O'Odham Nation Cultural Center & Museum and visit Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Book of Answers
by David Wentworth Lazaroff
True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
by Editors of True West
Detained and Deported: Stories of Immigrant Families Under Fire
by Margaret Regan
Indian Arts of the Southwest
by Page, Susanne & Jake
Sharing the Desert: The Tohono O'odham in History
by Winston P. Erickson
Early Tucson (Images of America)
by Anne I. Woosley and Arizona Historical Society
Tucson: The Life and Times of an American City
by C. L. Sonneckson
Native Americans of the Southwest: A Journey of Discovery
by Tito Naranjo
A Natural History of the Sonoran Desert
by Steven J. Phillips and Patricia Wentworth Comus





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