Clark Norton


Clark Norton, author of 100 Things to Do in Tucson Before You Die as well as fifteen other travel guidebooks, has developed a love for Tucson’s warm desert climes after fleeing the snowy winters of upstate New York. Clark’s favorite Tucson activities include admiring giant saguaros, gorging on prickly pear tacos, exploring the city’s Mex-West heritage, browsing through quirky, off-the-beaten-path museums, and tackling not-too-far-off-the-beaten-path hiking trails except in the heat of summer, when he may retreat to one of the city’s many new craft breweries. His award-winning travel writing has appeared in many major publications and websites, including his blog, And although he has visited more than 120 countries, he is always glad to get back to Tucson, where he lives with his wife, Catharine, and two hopelessly spoiled cats, Rocky and Jake.


Clark Norton, a local travel author, considered a cancellation might be possible after hearing about other large events around the country that have been shut down. He said the news still surprised him.

Whether you're a newcomer or a longtime resident, you'll find plenty that may be familiar in part and perhaps surprising in others in Clark Norton's short, playful vignettes about many special sites, landmarks and oddities in the Old Pueblo and

Clark Norton, author of Secret Tucson: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure spoke for the first time at the Arizona History Museum on Tuesday evening about his new book that celebrates the many oddities Tucson has to offer. 


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