Walking Tour of Tucson, Arizona, USA
The Southwestern city of Tucson, once Arizona’s largest city, lies within a desert landscape and provides convenient access to Saguaro National Park, located in two segments, east and west of the city. It is also the home of the University of Arizona, adding youth and vitality to the atmosphere of the city. Because of its proximity to Mexico, Latin Americans make up a large portion of the population.
My walk begins at the intersection of Speedway Boulevard, one of the city’s major east-west thoroughfares, and 1st Avenue. Walk west on Speedway to 4th Avenue and turn left. Catalina Park is on your left. Continue south to 6th Street, and turn left, then left again on North Main Avenue. The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block is ahead, on your left. It lies within the El Presidio Historic District, which contains a number of early Tucson homes.
Next, turn right at the intersection ahead, and then turn left onto Granada Avenue, to reach the Sosa-Carillo-Freemont House, reputedly the city’s oldest residence.
Now walk north, retracing your steps on Granada, to Congress Street and turn right, then left on Pennington Street to see Tucson’s City Hall. Then, continue east on Pennington, and turn left on 6th Avenue, and then right onto University Boulevard, to enter the University of Arizona campus. There are a number of interesting attractions here.
At the corner of University and Park is the Arizona State Museum, an excellent anthropology museum, with exhibits highlighting Native Southwestern cultures.
Further east is Flandreau Science Center & Planetarium, which contains a Mineral Museum and the Dome Theater, in addition to many other displays.
There is also a Center for Creative Photography on campus, which features a huge number of photographs, done by various artists. It is located on North Olive Road. Now, return to University Boulevard and turn right, then right again on 1st Avenue. The Postal Historical Foundation is on your right, before you reach Speedway Boulevard, where your walk began.