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Tucson Gem Show

The Tucson Gem Show. It is the name used referring to a multitude of large gem shows, along with a satellite of smaller gem shows that take over Tucson around the last week of January and the first week of February. It’s the biggest to do of the gem show world, and the largest convergence of crystals and gems from around the planet. About 65,000 people visit for the show, and has an economic impact of about 120 million dollars.

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Vegan Restaurants San Diego

Being a vegan, vegetarian or on a plant-based diet is easy in San Diego. there is an abundance of southeast Asian vegan restaurants, and some of the best and most authentic I’ve ever tried. One place that sounded intriguing, was Civico in little Italy which features an impressive menu of vegan options. you can even get a vegan affagato or gelato! I didn’t make it to Civico personally, but was one of the first places mentioned when asking around.

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Chicano Park murals

I almost didn’t make it to this park before I left San Diego this time, but I’m so glad I made time and checked out the Chicano park murals! A year earlier I was right around the corner and didn’t know that this was here, or its significance.

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Balboa Park, San Diego

Planning a trip to San Diego? Besides the beautiful beaches and boutiques, spend a day exploring one of the areas most impressive destinations! It’s a pretty wild city park with a lot of amazing stuff to see and do!

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El Prado theater, balboa park
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Joshua tree national park

joshua tree

It seems everybody wants to go to Joshua tree national park. Why? It’s practically an obligation these days, the Studio 54 of national parks. The place to see and be seen. The mere mention of this location will return a “yeah, i was just there” or an ” it’s on my bucket list” response. It’s become a right of passage. But, is it really that great? What’s the fuss all about?

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Tucsons ‘El Tiradito’ shrine

a mystical grotto dedicated to an unlucky sinner

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el tiradito shrine

Tucsons ‘El Tiradito’ shrine is rather unique in the United States. It’s magical history goes back to the 1870’s, well before Arizona “magically became” part of the United States. It is a site and story of many local legends including the one officially agreed upon version. El Tiradito translates to ‘the castaway’, it is located in the oldest and original part of town, now known as barrio viejo. At that time, it was just a sleepy Mexican outpost in the once northern part of Sonora, Mexico. And this area and region has been inhabited by people for thousands of years.

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Things to do in Tucson : best dive bars

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5 great Tucson bars that offer a fun and unique night out on the town

Looking to have an interesting night out in Tucson? These 5 neighborhood night spots each offer a fun filled, and exciting evening excursion. a perfect way to wind down after hiking up Tumamoc hill, or in the evening after going to the Tucson gem show. I have selected these based on their own uniqueness, but also, for their contrast to each other. Each one has it’s own stand alone style, and offer a different mood. however, each space is welcoming and inclusive; and you could visit just one, or collect them all. BTW, these are not sports bars, so no distracting televisions!

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