Online Exclusive: Tucson Itinerary Map

Check out an interactive Google map for Tucson's recommended historic sites.

Navigating your way through a city’s historic sites can be overwhelming for a visitor, especially when that city’s past is as rich as Tuscon, Arizona’s. Reed Karaim’s Tucson travel Itinerary in our winter issue includes ancient Native American artifacts, Hispanic cultural sites dating back to the 1600s, and Old Western icons such as the hotel where John Dillinger made his last stand.

When I first read about all that Tucson had to offer while proofreading this issue—the towering cacti of Saguaro National Park, the centuries-old Mission San Xavier del Bac, and of course, the “Sonoran hot dog”—I started wondering where exactly I could find these treasures. For me, being able to see things on a map helps me to form that concept of place in my mind.

Below, you’ll find an interactive Google Map with points for each location discussed in Karaim’s article. Use the navigation tools in the top left corner of the map to pan in any direction or zoom in and out. Then, simply click on each point to view commentary from the following local experts who shared their suggestions with the author:

  • Joseph Wilder, who was born and raised in Tucson. He joined the University of Arizona faculty and runs the Southwest Center, which studies and illuminates the culture of the region. Wilder is an expert on Southwestern urban form and, in the mind of at least one journalist, the world’s greatest living authority on great, cheap Mexican food.
  • William Doelle, vice president of the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation board also heads Archaeology Southwest, a nonprofit dedicated to exploring and protecting archaeological sites in the region.
  • Linda Ronstadt, a third-generation Tucsonan who recorded a series of chart topping albums in the 1970s and gained further acclaim as an interpreter of American standards and traditional Mexican songs.

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