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Old 03-19-2019, 09:16 AM
 
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We have a few days free in the Tucson area. Looking for recommendations of sites to visit.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:21 AM
 
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Pima Air Museum on Valencia, south of town,east of I-10 features many airplanes, including an SR-71. At least it did when I was last there.

Tombstone, AZ is not a far road trip and is always interesting.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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Mt Lemon? San Xavier Indian Reservation? Nogales Mexico?
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:36 AM
 
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If I was in the Tucson area, I would visit old Tucson, the movie set for many westerns. Of course, I love the old west.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:59 AM
 
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
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Old 03-19-2019, 10:20 AM
 
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1. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum--great choice to learn more about western wildlife and plants
2. Pima Air and Space Museum--if you are an airplane/flight buff. Best collection of old planes anywhere.
3. Hike (or take the tram) up Sabino Canyon (it is the jewel of Tucson)
4. Drive or hike through Saguaro National Park--the park is located in two spots--one on the east side at the end of Broadway, and on the west side of Tucson.
5. Enjoy Mexican food at Mi Nidito (casual, on south 4th avenue) or Cafe Poco Casa (fancy, downtown Tucson)
6. Biosphere II, if you have time. But do the above first.
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Old 03-19-2019, 11:48 AM
 
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Take a ride to Bisbee Az (sp)
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Old 03-19-2019, 12:26 PM
 
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
I'll second and third this. Also, Kitt Peak Observatory.
https://www.noao.edu/kpno/
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:09 PM
 
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Take a ride to Bisbee Az (sp)
Ya gotta love vagrants, though.
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Old 03-19-2019, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque NM
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I visited Tucson and SE Arizona last year and second Saguaro NP (west side - I did not make it to the east side location as ran out of time), Sabino Canyon, the Desert Museum, and the Catalina Highway to Mt. Lemmon. Take the tram up Sabino Canyon but walk back downhill. I also enjoyed taking the trolley from the University of Arizona to downtown, stopping at the funky Fourth Avenue shopping district on the way including some good restaurants. The actual downtown and the El Presidio Historic District with the Tucson Museum of Art were only okay but worth a brief visit or at least a drive by. But I enjoyed walking through the area with the historical homes and buildings of different styles - there are guided tours available for some of the museum associated homes but I was not there on the right day. Also drive through the Barrio Historico District for viewing interesting Sonoran-style adobe row houses if you like southwestern architecture.

Highway 82 between Sonoita and Patagonia (a cute little town) is a pretty drive and a big attraction for bird watchers - many birds that winter in Mexico are making their way back to the USA this time of year. This side trip to the south could be combined with a visit to Tubac, an artsy town with an old Spanish presidio (fort), and a visit to the wonderful renovated mission church, Mission San Xavier del Bac. Not as far as Bisbee and Tombstone although both of those places are interesting. Be sure and taste the Indian fry bread that is sold at San Xavier by the local Native Americans. If you do go as far as Tombstone or Bisbee, consider a stop at Kartchner Caverns but buy tickets ahead of time.

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