For $7, today’s deal gets a guided walking tour of your choice from Kruse Arizona Tours (a $15 value). This deal is good for the following tours:
- Holy Hope Cemetery, on Tuesday, February 1, at 10 a.m.
- Pioneer Women of Tucson, Part I, on Monday, February 21, at 10 a.m.
- Pioneer Women of Tucson, Part II, on Saturday, March 26, at 9 a.m.
- Armory Park, on Monday, March 21, at 9 a.m., or Tuesday, May 31 at 5:45 p.m.
- Barrio Viejo, on Tuesday, April 5 at 5:15 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at 5:45 p.m., or Thursday, June 23 at 6 p.m.
- Mansions of Main, on Wednesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m., or Thursday, June 6, at 6 p.m.
Kruse Arizona Tours are led by Alan Kruse, whose encyclopedic knowledge of local culture earned him the title “the king of local tours” by the Arizona Daily Star, as well as a vice-presidency at the Southern Arizona Guides Association and membership at the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Opt for the twilight Barrio Viejo walking tour and meet by La Pilita to set out on a two-hour exploration of the cultural and architectural traditions of local Hispanic culture. Or take the tour of Armory Park, which meets at the Royal Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast and boasts two hours of enlightening education about the Victorian and Californian architectural stylings of 1880s Tucson. The two-part Pioneer Women of Tucson tours chronicle female architects, artists, and politicians who have shaped Tucson's cultural landscape. Tourists can meet at the northwest corner of Main and Alameda for a two-hour stroll admiring the historic mansions of Main Street, complete with anecdotal entertainment on the life and times of early Tucsonans. Tour guide Alan Kruse is a former college professor who now boasts one of the busiest walking-tour schedules in Tucson. His cunning wit and quirky attire promise to charm even the most gruff and hardened historical home touree. Call ahead to schedule the tour of your choice and prepare for two hours of unparalleled enlightenment.
Alan Kruse's walking tours were featured in the Arizona Daily Star twice:
- I was looking for something to do after I retired," (Kruse) said. "No one was going to pay me to talk about chemistry, so I switched over. I was still a teacher, and that's my first love." Kruse started leading walking tours about eight years ago and now leads about 25 a year. – Valerie Vinyard
- If your resolutions for the new year include being healthy, losing weight and/or learning more about Tucson, then a walking tour might be just the thing. – Valerie Vinyard