This was the first place I visited during my Tucson trip -- totally loved it! As soon as I stepped on the grounds, a hummingbird flew up to greet me. That was indicative of how peaceful and inviting Tohono Chul Park is. I was pleasantly surprised that the park is much bigger than it looks from the outside.
There are three routes for exploration -- the main pathway, Desert View Trail (on one side) and South Loop Trail + Saguaro Discovery Trail (on the other). Along each trail are mini gardens and sculptures. The meandering paths provide a sense of solitude and encourage self-reflection, if you're so inclined. If not, just enjoy the beauty of the moment. If you're pressed for time, the main pathway will offer the highlights of the park -- Sundial Plaza, Performance Garden, museum shop, exhibit house, Ethnobotanical Garden, and demonstration gardens. There are also several outdoor livings rooms. My favorite was the Meditation Room.
Birds, bees, butterflies... for a winter-weary vacationer, it doesn't get any better!
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