Tucson & the University of Arizona
Tucson, often referred to as “Wildcat Country”, is a city in the Sonoran Desert surrounded by five mountain ranges and home to the University of Arizona. Just a short walk from Old Main is the Main Gate Square, a fun and popular place to grab a bite to eat with over 30 restaurants and cafés to choose from. Main Gate Square is also a great shopping destination with many local stores to visit. Options of places to visit on campus include world class museums at the U of A and the Center for Creative Photography, founded by Ansel Adams. Stop in and visit an architectural highlight on campus, the UA flagship Bookstore located in the Student Union Memorial Center. The building boasts a spiraling stairway reaching three stories upwards with four giant relief sculptures on the support columns, each honoring one of the branches of the military. Water trickles from a pool down two giant anchor chains to the lower level where plaques host the individual names of UA students and alumni lost in World War II, Vietnam, and the Korean War.
If you are interested, head downtown and join the Tucson Community for an annual festival called Tucson Meet Yourself. The festival will take place October 13th-15th, and celebrates a community that respects traditions, culture, diversity and honors the land and environment. Tucson Meet Yourself was founded by University of Arizona folklorist and anthropologist Dr. James "Big Jim" Griffith, who in 2011 was honored by the National Endowment for the Arts with a prestigious recognition as a "National Heritage" treasure.
Parking & Transportation
Guests are encouraged to park in either the Highland Garage or the Second Street Garage. Swipe cards which allow guests to come and go from the garage as they please will be available for sale at Highland Garage. A CatTran shuttle has also been scheduled to pick up guests from Highland Garage and drop them off close to the Family Weekend Registration tent. The CatTran will be available from 9:00am-9:00pm and is accessible for mobility-impaired guests. Click to view the garages and CatTran route here. A map of disabled parking is available here.