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By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
Updated: January 30, 2011
Are You Looking for 5 Fun and Easy Things to Do in One Day in Tucson, AZ?
On a recent trip to Arizona, my wife and I had the pleasure of spending a
day in Tucson, Arizona. We planned out a day that would be fun for us, but wouldn't beat us up by
trying to do too much in one day. I think we found the perfect mix of culture, hiking and
historical fun things to do in one day in Tucson.
We started the day late by not even leaving the hotel until after 10 AM. (Normally, we are up
by 6AM and already hiking or something by 8AM. But, this trip was leisurely. We weren't in a
hurry. We could do one, two, three, four or five of the side trips on our itinerary and we
would be happy.
First Stop is San Xavier Mission
Our first destination was San Xavier Mission on the Southwest side of Tucson.
It is a beautiful church originally built in the 1700s long before Arizona became a state of
the United States. The paintings inside the church are unique but beautiful. Statues of angels,
St Francis, Saint Xavier and Mary the mother of Jesus are must see. The color palette used in the
church is unusual in the Midwest, but felt right at home in the Arizona desert.
You can take as long as you want in the church and the surrounding buildings. We spent a couple
of hours taking photos and studying the art and architecture. Then we climbed the little hill
next door and spent time with the Grotto which depicts the visitation of Mary in Fatima.