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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Oro Valley, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Oro Valley and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Oro Valley:
    • 32.392718, -110.9649
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Oro Valley
  • Bird Watching ...
    • We enjoy finding new spots for bird watching and we use the eBird website for local sighting reports and to help identify hotspots.
    • The eBird website is organized on a county-by-county basis. We have selected Pima County as the starting point when you click on the link below:
    • eBird sighting report for Pima County
    • Since Oro Valley is near Pinal County, we have provided a link to its eBird sighting report:
    • eBird sighting report for Pinal County
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Curious and Interesting Names Near Oro Valley ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Amphitheater [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Amphitheater
    • Amphitheater [Pima County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<1> to the south of Oro Valley
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Amphitheater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Amphitheater
  • Flowing Wells [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flowing Wells
    • Flowing Wells [Pima County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the south of Oro Valley
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flowing Wells have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flowing Wells
  • Jaynes [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jaynes
    • Jaynes [Pima County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<1> to the southwest of Oro Valley
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jaynes have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jaynes
  • Kino [Pima County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kino
    • Kino [Pima County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<1> to the southwest of Oro Valley
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kino have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kino
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    • Mount Lemmon [Pima County]
    • Polo Village [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Polo Village
      • Polo Village [Pima County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<1> to the south of Oro Valley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Polo Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Polo Village
    • Soldier Camp [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Soldier Camp
      • Soldier Camp [Pima County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<1> to the east of Oro Valley
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Soldier Camp have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Soldier Camp
    • Summerhaven [Pima County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Summerhaven
      • Summerhaven [Pima County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the east of Oro Valley
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Summerhaven

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Oro Valley. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Lew Bush     (Professional football)
      • Professional football. He was born in Atlanta (Georgia) on Tueday December 2, 1969 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Thursday December 8, 2011 at the age of 42. He is buried at El Camino Memorial Park (San Diego County, California).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lew Bush<4>
    • Larry Clinton     (Musician)
      • Musician. He was born in Brooklyn (New York) on Tueday August 17, 1909 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Thursday May 2, 1985 at the age of 75. He is buried at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery (San Diego County, California).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Larry Clinton<4>
    • Louis 'Lou' Criger     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Elkhart (Indiana) on Saturday February 3, 1872 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Monday May 14, 1934 at the age of 62. He is buried at Evergreen Memorial Park (Pima County, Arizona).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Louis 'Lou' Criger<4>
    • Barbara Eden     (Actress)
      • Actress. She was born in Tucson (Arizona) on Sunday August 23, 1931
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
    • Linda Loredo     (Actress)
      • Actress. He was born in Tucson (Arizona) on Thursday June 20, 1907 and died in Los Angeles (California) on Tueday August 11, 1931 at the age of 24. He is buried at Calvary Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Linda Loredo<4>
    • Lee Marvin     (Oscar winning actor)
      • Oscar winning actor. He was born in New York (New York) on Tueday February 19, 1924 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Saturday August 29, 1987 at the age of 63. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington County, Virginia).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lee Marvin<4>
    • Jesse Owens     (Olympic Gold Medalist, civil rights activist)
      • Olympic Gold Medalist, civil rights activist. He was born in Danville (Alabama) on Friday September 12, 1913 and died in Tucson (Arizona) on Saturday May 31, 1980 at the age of 66. He is buried at Oak Woods Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Jesse Owens<4>
    • Leon B. Stevens     (Actor)
      • Actor. He was born in Manchester (New Hampshire) on Wednesday January 13, 1926 and died in Oro Valley on Thursday July 30, 2015 at the age of 89. He is buried at Pine Grove Cemetery (Strafford County, New Hampshire).
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Leon B. Stevens<4>
    • Rosa F. Turich     (Actress, comedian)
      • Actress, comedian. She was born in Tucson (Arizona) on Tueday June 9, 1903 and died in Santa Ana (California) on Friday November 20, 1998 at the age of 95. She is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Tucson is located 12 miles [19.3 km] to the south of Oro Valley.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Rosa F. Turich<4>

How Far From Oro Valley to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a town such as Oro Valley to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Oro Valley and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Tucson, which is the Seat of Pima County and lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<1> to the south. If you could walk a straight line from Oro Valley to Tucson, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take five to six hours to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take nearly four hours.
    • Phoenix, which is the State Capital of Arizona, lies 97 miles [156.1 km] to the northwest (NW). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take less than two hours, a buggy would take three full days and walking would take 6 days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 1,944 miles [3,128.6 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take three full days, a buggy would take 76 days and walking would take 111 days.
    • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,479 miles [12,036.3 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<7>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,242 miles [13,264.2 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,168 miles [9,926.4 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Arizona

About Pima County

About Arizona

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Oro Valley: www.ci.oro-valley.az.us/

The official website for Pima County: www.co.pima.az.us/

The official website for State of Arizona: https://az.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oro Valley) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oro Valley. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oro Valley

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oro Valley. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.3927, Longitude: -110.9649    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<4>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Oro Valley to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 330.122 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 328.582 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 321.591 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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