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Tucson Celebrates 235 Years

2010/08/05by Donna Hull

The view from my favorite Tucson picnic pavillion. A secret that I’m not sharing.

Did you know that Tucson is celebrating a birthday? That’s right, the Old Pueblo turns 235 years old on August 20, 2010, but the celebration lasts the entire month of August. Baby boomer visitors will find special historic, artistic and entertainment events. Check out for the full schedule. And, if you want to celebrate but stay within your boomer budget, be sure to visit Tucson on the Cheap, where Kate Reynolds posts several times a day with all sorts of inexpensive things to do.

I’m kicking off the birthday celebration at My Itchy Travel Feet, by sharing some of my favorite Tucson articles from the blogging world.

Spend 36 hours in Tucson

When the New York Times published an article about spending 36 hours in Tucson, the local blogging community added their own take on the subject. At Tucson Cowgirl, Monica Surfaro Spigelman advised travelers on spending 36 hours off-the-beaten-path in Tucson. Vera Marie Baderstcher, A Traveler’s Library, fashioned a relaxing 36-hour itinerary on Tucson’s northwest side. Should you bring Fido? Edie Jarolim, Will My Dog Hate Me?, chronicled Tucson fun for our furry friends, with so much to do that it took Part 1 and Part 2 to tell you about it. Well baby boomer travelers, I couldn’t leave you out. How about 36 active baby boomer hours in Tucson?

Visit Tucson travel gems

Culture, history, desert gardens—take your pick—there’s plenty to do. At Travel & Adventure in Arizona, Teres Bitler writes her thoughts on one of my favorites, Tohono Chul Park. Did you know The Franklin Auto Museum is located here? Jane Eppinga shares more information on the auto gem at Arizona Museums, A Journey Into Arizona History. Since Tucson is known for its dark night sky, I suggest a visit to the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center. And, look at this list of Tucson attractions from Beth Blair, a former residentand one of The Vacation Gals.

Play outside in the Sonoran Desert

You can’t visit the area without taking advantage of outdoor activities. Even in the August heat, if you start early enough, you’ll have time to enjoy a couple of hours in the Sonoran Desert. Vera Marie Baderstcher pens a guest post for Writing Horseback that details a riding vacation at Tanque Verde Ranch. Of course, I’ve shared one of my favorite hikes to Seven Falls. And any luxury loving baby boomer would enjoy the adventures I found at Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain.

All of that activity calls for rest and relaxation. Sheryl Kraft, Midlife Matters, learned a few lessons about over-scheduling herself on a visit to Canyon Ranch.

Bringing this birthday party to a close, I couldn’t have found a more appropriate post than postcard from Tucson by Pam Mandel, Nerds Eye View, which sums up the multi-cultural scene that adds flavor to my hometown.

I’m changing things up today, rather than asking for your experiences, I’m throwing the doors wide open. What would you like to know about Tucson? Post a comment with your question, I’ll find the answer. Of course, you’re still welcome to tell me about your visit to The Old Pueblo.

Happy Birthday, Tucson


A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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