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Old 12-08-2017, 02:55 PM
 
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...and curious about the high points to see? We have a vacation rental arranged in what's termed the "Foothills" near LaEncantada Mall, apparently upscale, but have not been to any of these areas. Does anyone have ideas for good eating places...everything from a great burger to a good pizza to authentic Mexican to a nice evening out on occasion? I assume the temps will be in the 60s/70s in Jan./Feb.? Given Tucson is said to be 1/3 the size of metropolitan Phoenix, opinions on getting around with minimum difficulty? All answers appreciated!
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Old 12-08-2017, 03:46 PM
 
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Went years ago so not much help...

just don't miss the Sonoran Desert Museum, it's really wonderful.
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Old 12-08-2017, 04:06 PM
 
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Thank you!
Another question: Does anyone know of bluegrass events and/or jams in Tucson?
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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If you are a "Car Lover" or even close, CdaJane . . .

The Barrett-Jackson runs for about a week during mid January in Scottsdale. Definitely worth the time, drive and money.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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Interesting! Good info and yes, we are interested. Thank you!
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:03 PM
 
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...and curious about the high points to see? We have a vacation rental arranged in what's termed the "Foothills" near LaEncantada Mall, apparently upscale, but have not been to any of these areas. Does anyone have ideas for good eating places...everything from a great burger to a good pizza to authentic Mexican to a nice evening out on occasion? I assume the temps will be in the 60s/70s in Jan./Feb.? Given Tucson is said to be 1/3 the size of metropolitan Phoenix, opinions on getting around with minimum difficulty? All answers appreciated!

I am assuming that you have not been to Tucson before.

If you are going to be here for two months, buy one of these books for $22 and you will get 2 for 1 attractions on many of the things that you will want to see. It is the best deal around.

https://www.visittucson.org/free-visitor-information
https://southernarizonaguide.com/

Both of these sites will give you plenty of information.

Here is a link to the passport:

http://tucsonattractions.com/

Top attractions in my mind:

Saguaro National Park - the west side is larger and more scenic
San Xavier del Bac Mission
Arizona Sonoran Desert museum
Pima Air Museum


Top events in January and February:

Tucson Jazz Festival - early January
Tohono O'odham All-Indian Rodeo, Sells, AZ - last Saturday in January
Tucson Rock and Mineral Shows - 49 different shows, most open to the public. My favorite is at the Hotel Tucson. 1st two weeks in February
Tucson Rodeo - last week in February
Tucson Rodeo Parade - Thursday morning of Rodeo week

If you want to get around Tuscon, the best way is by car. Traffic is generally not too nad except along Oracle, Broadway and the ill-named Speedway.

There is a transit system but I find it difficult to recommend it to visitors.


Hope that helps.
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Old 12-08-2017, 07:10 PM
 
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This is great information! Thank you. No, we have not been there.
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Old 12-09-2017, 06:10 AM
 
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I assume the temps will be in the 60s/70s in Jan./Feb.?
That is incorrect. It is likely that most days will get into the 60s/70s. However, we have a couple of weeks a year when the temperature is in the 10s and 20s. Yes, I do have a winter jacket and do use it a couple of weeks a year. In other words, don't come to Tuscon during the winter months without a jacket, sweat shirt, and sweaters.
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Old 12-09-2017, 08:04 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Interesting! Good info and yes, we are interested. Thank you!
Here's the link, CdaJane . . . www.barrett-jackson.com

Definitely a Car Nut's Spectacular . . . Car Show and Vehicle Auction plus lots of Venders all presented in a "State Fair" atmosphere.

I haven't missed a Barrett-Jackson in decades.
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Old 12-09-2017, 09:52 AM
 
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Looks great! Thanks for sending!
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