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Old 02-25-2019, 01:28 PM   #1
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Headed to Tucson in a couple weeks. Any suggestions on things to see or do? Any good eats?

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Old 02-25-2019, 04:13 PM   #2
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There's a good Mexican restaurant in the downtown area. EL Charro Cafe. Try the 3 enchilada combo. https://www.elcharrocafe.com/

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Old 02-25-2019, 05:42 PM   #3
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The Air museum is cool. Also, there is excellent cycling around town. Saguaro National park.
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:02 PM   #4
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Hi Calequine; See you are from central Oregon, one of our favorite places to visit in the coach. When in Tucson you must take a drive up Mt. Lemon. You can get up to 9,000+ feet in elevation. Get a 360 degree view of the whole valley. Take a jacket because it can be cold and windy on top. At the little village just before the summit there is a great little restaurant to eat at. The best onion rings I have tasted. Can't remember the name, but should be able to find it on the web. Check the days of operation as I think they are closed on a Monday or Wednesday. You need to put this on your to do list!
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Old 02-25-2019, 06:27 PM   #5
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For a great night out, eat dinner at “Mi Nidito” Mexican restaurant and follow it up with a Tucson Roadrunner hockey game. Reid Park Zoo is a little gem too, they let you get up close and personal with the animals...if you go say hi to the Gibbon monkey his name is Billy.
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Old 02-25-2019, 10:23 PM   #6
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Here are some ideas - definitely do the Desert Museum (early morning when the animals are active) and hike in Saguaro Nat'l Park. We like the east side for hiking. Sabino Canyon is another good hiking spot. Wildflowers are beginning!!

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Old 02-25-2019, 10:39 PM   #7
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We are in Tucson now. For great dining, try Jonathans cork and Kingfisher, very good food!
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:31 AM   #8
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Stop at the Visitors Center at 811 N Euclid Ave, Tucson, and pick up the Tucson Attractions book for $22. It has approx. 100 discounts available for major attractions in and around Tucson most 2 for 1 value. Use at 2 places and get your money back.

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Old 02-27-2019, 09:04 AM   #9
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Biosphere 2 is a must see!
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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun for unique art and an even more unique museum experience. It is located at Swan Road and Skyline Drive. We have visited twice.
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:54 PM   #11
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Don't miss the military aircraft bone yard tour at the air base. You have to sign up several day in advance so the can do a background check on you.

The Pima Air Museum is another great place to see.

There is a Titan Missile silo tour about 30 minutes southwest of town.

Saguaro NP on the west side is great too.

Kitt Peak National Observatory has multiple huge telescopes and is a great way to spend a day or you can sign up for one of the night time programs.

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Day trip to Tombstone. Day trip to Bisbee. Best Mexican food Michas or La Parilla Suiza.
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Old 03-02-2019, 09:37 PM   #13
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Day trip to Tombstone. Day trip to Bisbee. Best Mexican food Michas or La Parilla Suiza.
La Parilla is good but they constantly get written up by the health dept.
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We spend 6-weeks in Tucson every year between Jan and Feb. We love it. Here's our list:

1. Sonora Desert Museum
2. San Xavier Mission
3. Tucson Art Museum

Restaurants are MANY:
1. Folara for wood fired brick oven pizza
2. Bario Bread (near Folara) for the best bread in town. Used by all the good restaurants
3. "The Little One" a unique and fabulous downtown breakfast/lunch (only) Mexican place that only locals go to. It's an offshoot of the Cafe Poca Cosa which is the best expensive Mexican restaurant in town.
4. Maynards Kitchen - fancy restaurant in the old train station downtown
5. Five Points Market & Restaurant - GREAT breakfast/brunch place
6. Cup Cafe in Hotel Congress. Fun dinner place
7. Welcome Diner - hip, new-style old diner with great homemade food.

We could go on and on. This year I went to the Titan Missile Museum which contains a complete decommissioned nuclear mission bunker- with missile!

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