Perhaps you have heard of Tucson in the famous The Beatles’ song Get Back, or in The Chainsmoker’s song Closer. Tucson is the capital of Pima County, Az and is the second largest and most populated metropolitan, following Phoenix, in the state of Arizona. It is developed by the Santa Cruz River and is located at south-east of Phoenix and north of the Mexico-United States border. Aside from being a wondrous city, what makes Tucson as the place to be is its diverse culture and multiracial structure.
The economy of the city has been booming because of its numerous attractions and pride, like the University of Arizona. Housing the state’s university is an honor for Tucson. It has brought plenty of opportunities to the residents and the economy of the metropolitan. In fact, it is the top institution that has the most number of employees. Moreover, Tucson also made it to the list of the sunniest cities in the world. It has a total of 193 sunny days and 91 partly sunny days. The City of Sunshine is home to various tourist spots, cultural activities, and literary events that you should not miss visiting, such as:
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Established last September 01, 1952, the Arizona Sonora Desert is home to more than 12 thousand animals and 2 hundred species. It is composed of a zoo, botanical garden, publisher, aquarium, art gallery, and natural history museum. This museum is a perfect interpretation of the entire natural history of a specific area, the Sonoran Desert and nearby ecosystems, with flora and fauna from the zone that are also being displayed in exhibits. It also conducts various events, such as the Packrat Party, Desert Gala, Raptor Free Flight, and more. For those who are fond of plants and animals, this museum is the best place to visit and discover new organisms that you have not seen before!
Fourth Avenue Spring Street Fair
The 4th Avenue Spring Street Fair is an annual event that showcases the marvelous masterpieces and food. This celebration dates back from the year 1971 where people brings their amazing collections of hand-made crafts and personal art works to be displayed or sold to the public. The street fair is conducted between the 9th Street and University Boulevard alongside the 4th Avenue. The streets during this three-day event become full of people, food, entertainment, art, colors, music, and fun. More than 600 thousand people are expected to attend, which can be a mixture of locals and tourists, the celebration. Aside from its appreciation to art and craft, this fair is also a representation of rich culture of Tucson that can be seen through the attendees and displays.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is located in the Pima County at southeast of Arizona. It is mainly made up of two distinct regions, which are the Tucson Mountain District and the Rincon Mountain District, that conserves the geological feature, plants, and animals. This national park measures 92 thousand acres and contains giant saguaro cacti — this is where the name of the park is derived from. There are various activities for both natives and tourists that take place in the park, such as horseback riding, wilderness camping, bicycling, hiking, and sightseeing. The TMD or Tucson Mountain District, however, do not permit an overnight camping.
Pima Air and Space Museum
Located in 600 East Valencia Road in Tucson, the Pima Air and Space Museum has been recognized as one of the biggest non-government financed aeronautic museums of the world. The idea behind this aerospace museum was derived in the year 1966 from the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the US Air Force’s creation. Since 1991, the Pima Air and Space Museum has been housing the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. The institution was made open to the public on the 8th of May 1976 and currently exhibits approximately 300 aircrafts that are being widely scattered on a campus. Examples of the showcased aircraft are the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, North American F-107, English Electric Lightning, Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and more.
Tucson Festival of Books
The Tucson Festival of Books is a literary event that is being conducted every year. It is a two-day activity where various authors, literary agents, and book lovers from all across the globe gather together to celebrate the wonders of literature through book displays, book signing events, workshops, meet and greets, and more. There are more than one hundred thirty thousand bibliophiles and literary enthusiast and four hundred authors that are expected to participate, as well as different publishers, ReadersMagnet for example. It is a great opportunity for both established and aspiring author to make connections and attract more readers. However, due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2020 Tucson Festival of Books will not push through. The widespread of the COVID-19 has greatly affected the number of authors that will participate. For that reason, the Board has decided to call off the event for the safety of the participants.
“Amid concerns over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we have experienced more than 100 author cancellations; authors have expressed deep regret that they will not be able to spend the weekend with us. This has deeply affected our author panel schedule and we anticipate more changes and cancellations will be forthcoming. This leaves us with little or no way to plan for author panels or to communicate effectively with the public about those changes.” – Tucson Festival of BooksRead full statement here: https://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org/?id=772