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Things to do in Tucson

September 20th, 2018 by samhughesinn

Things to Do, plus Places to See, Food to Enjoy

Tucson, AZ

Downtown Tucson
by John Burcham for The New York Times

Things to Do in Tucson

Travelers search for Things to Do in Tucson and the The New York Times posted a wonderful article in today’s paper. Subtitled 36 Hours in Tucson, it includes recommendations for sightseeing, most importantly, architecture & historical treasures.

Besides the usually available tourist information the article also touches on great food, the proliferation of new restaurants & local food. Also featured are biking & hiking plus some of the treasures of the University of Arizona including the Mirror Lab, and two small museums, (The Center for Creative Photography and the University of Arizona Art Museum). It describes two of our observatories (Flandrau Planetarium & Kitt Peak National Observatory). Shopping areas (like 4th Avenue) and the lesser known Mercado San Agustin on the west side of town are profiled as well.

Many lovely photographs of the places featured, accompany the article. There are too many wonders to be enjoyed in just 36 hours but if visitors reach even half of these great recommendations, they will have a terrific first taste of Tucson, AZ.

The full article (including links to all their recommended sites) is available at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/travel/what-to-do-in-tucson.

Some of the “must do” adventures in Tucson are not mentioned in the New York Times article, but there are only so many things a person can see in 36 hours. A more textured visit would have to include the Sonora Desert Museum on the West side of town, Pima Air & Space Museum, and DeGrazia Gallery to cite only a few. The Mission of San Xavier del Bac (the White Dove of the Desert) is only twelve miles south of Tucson and is one of the most historically significant remaining pieces of early Tucson. Begun in the 17th Century, the complex stands in the middle of the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation. (Constant renovation has kept this beautiful building looking exactly as it did upon completion in 1797.) And with ample time it’s possible to combine your lodging in Tucson (hopefully at Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast) with a trip to the old mining towns of Bisbee and the cowboy historic Tombstone, AZ.

Thanks to the New York Times for this great advertisement for our sweet little city in the desert Southwest. “36 Hours In Tucson”.

 

ToGo Bike Sharing

December 1st, 2017 by samhughesinn

ToGo Bike Share Image result for photo togo bike share bikes

In late November the ToGo bike sharing program became a fun Tucson attraction only a bit less exciting than the Tucson Streetcar; it should prove popular with visitors as well as locals. No need to make arrangements through a local bicycle shop for an often expensive, but sleek trail bike or racing bike. If you aren’t too interested in fancy but just need wheels to look around town, this program will satisfy a lot of users.

Public bike sharing allows users to access bicycles located at a network of self-serve stations for short trips 24 hours a day and 7 days of the week. The bike itself may look more like the one you gave your middle school child. Painted a bright yellow, they are described as “hulking” and weigh 50 lbs. (according to Shift Transit, hired to run the system). Users report their ease of access and respectable speed on the road despite their heft.

The bicycles have lights fore and aft for visibility, good adjustable brakes and a small basket & bungee cord to allow for shopping stops.

The ToGo bike is Uber-like in that it has a smart phone app (CycleFinder in Apple iTunes and Google Play Store) which allows the renter to find available bikes and empty docking stations. If you don’t use a smart phone, Shift Transit offers daily passes for $8 at stations with payment kiosks or online here. This one is ideal for visitors, tourist & short term users. A monthly pass is also available for longer term visitors.

Tucson has 330 bikes docked in 36 stations around the city. One is located only six blocks from Sam Hughes Inn Bed & Breakfast, directly in front of the long standing neighborhood friendly, Bob Dobbs bar/restaurant and Rincon Market.  Information on how to use and where to find the new ToGo bikes can be found here.

 

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