“If you feel like being lost for an hour or two, take The Presidio Trail Historical Walking Tour!”
My family and I decided to do The Presidio Trail, a historical walking tour of Downtown Tucson. We've been going to Tucson for years, but had never actually been downtown. We found a brochure at the airport for the self-guided tour, which starts at the Presidio.
First of all, even though there is a map and street signs pointing this way to Presidio, we had a heck of a time even finding it. There is a painted blue line on the sidewalk that is supposed to guide you to each of the 23 sites around town. We watched for these sites and even though we followed the path, we completely missed about half of them. Then there are other sites that are not on the path, but are listed on the map, with no markers to indicate how to get to them. At several points the blue line left us completely baffled as it seemed to go in divergent directions.
Part of the tour takes you through a somewhat sketchy neighborhood and it also takes you right up to the elementary school. The information plaque there is right up at the front door. I don't recommend going up to read it unless you want some dirty looks from the parents.
All the museums and the Presidio are closed on Mondays, FYI. The one cool thing we found was the colorful flowered amphitheater outside St. Augustine Cathedral. But the cathedral is one of those sites not directly on the blue line. We just saw a big building and decided to check it out. The courthouse is also quite striking and there are some really nice fountains near the Visitors Center.
If you want to explore Downtown Tucson, just wander around. You'll probably find more than we did with a map.
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