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Tucson - Day Trip from Phoenix

An October 2002 trip to Tucson by BurliBear

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Spending 2 weeks in Phoenix, a couple of day trips to Tucson found several interesting placex to visit.

Tucson - Day Trip from Phoenix

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Saguaro National Park is a nice drive-through experience of the Arizona Desert. Reid Park Zoo is small but nicely kept up with lots of nicely displayed animals. Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a nice walk through museum of the Arizona Desert and some of the animals that inhabit it. And, of course, for us, quilt shops. Several nice ones plus one that have an extremely high opinion of itself.Quick Tips: If you do this as day trips from Phoenix like we did, leave Phoenix early (6 A.M.) and beat the Phoenix rush hour, plan breakfast en route north of Tucson, and arrive in Tucson on the tailend of their rush hour. Worked great for us.Best Way To Get Around:...Read More

Saguaro National Park

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Saguaro National Park Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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A very nice drive through the desert as it actually exists. Everything growing here is just the way it would actually be if the park did not exist. The main thing the National Park Service has done is put in roads with a minimum of disruption to the desert so you can drive through and see what life in the desert is like. There is a nice visitor center where you enter the park with a nice exhibit explaining the different types of deserts and what kind of desert is contained within the Park itself. By the visitor center is a small walk through Desert Garden where you can see the various kinds of desert plant life up close. The visitor center and walk through Desert Garden are f...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Saguaro National Park
3693 South Old Spanish Trail
Tucson, Arizona 85730
(520) 733-5158

Reid Park Zoo

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Reid Park Zoo Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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A small but very nice museum in the middle of a nicely maintained park.

We spent about an hour and a half at this zoo. The animals were nicely displayed and appeared to be well cared for. Easy to walk through as the total acreage is small.

This zoo is reciprocal to members of many zoos Friends of the Zoo Organizations, which makes it very economical for them.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Reid Park Zoo
1100 South Randolph Way
Tucson, Arizona 85716
(520) 791-3204

Tucson Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show

Attraction | "Quilt Shops"

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Within Tucson are a number of very nice quilt shops with excellent selections of 100% cotton quilting fabrics, books, patterns, and supplies.

Most of the shops also have a number of samples hung through out them.

One shop is definitely over enamored with itself with prices on fabrics being considerable out of line (high) to what experienced quilters expect to pay.

To find information on specific shops in and around Tucson, see my Journal on Quilter's Travels.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Tucson Quilters Guild Annual Quilt Show
260 South Church Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85701
+1 520 882 1968

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This Mission is a beautiful, still functioning mission to the people in the area.

It is a large, white edifice which is very striking to behold. Touring the inside finds lots of domes, carvings, murals, and a very impressive altar.

Self guided tours allow you to go through the mission at your own pace and appreciate the beauty and grandeur of it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 West San Xavier Road
Tucson, Arizona 85746
+1 520 294 2624

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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This is a very nice walk through the desert experience. It is strictly walk through, but you can experience the whole thing in a couple of hours. The walking is easy with nicely maintained paths. Intermixed with walking through the desert plant life are exhibits of live animals who actually live within the desert environment. Of course, you can also see some wild wildlife roaming free as this is just an area within the real desert. There is a small mine exhibit, easy to walk through with cased exhibits of the various gems and semi-precious stones that are actually mined in the desert area. At the exit from the mine exhibit is an area of small rocks which the museum seeds with small sem...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 27, 2002

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, Arizona 85743
(520) 883-1380