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Old home Arizona

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An April 2007 trip to Tucson by mh75

Reid Park Zoo Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
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Old home Arizona

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Patagonia Mountains Photo,
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Arizona is where my family and I lived for five years until the summer of 07. We moved here from the east coast to take a job and here we are. Arizona is a nice state and there is much to do and plenty of time to do it due to the weather. The number of blue sky, sunny days is extremely high and rain and inclement weather is a rarity. In addition to Tucson, there are many local mountain ranges to check out, including the Catalina Range just north of Tucson, where you will find Mt. Lemmon and Ski Valley. To the south of Tucson is the Santa Rita range and then going farther south is the city of Nogales and to the east is the Patagonia Mountains. Nogales can be a tour day in itself, so be prepared....Read More

Agave Restaurant

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The Agave Restaurant is located inside the Desert Diamond Casino off of Interstate 19. I am specifically recommending the Sunday Champagne Brunch in this review. The brunch is on Sundays from 10am to 2pm. The price is $12.95 per person, including beverage, and the food is great. The brunch menu includes everything from prime rib to crab legs to shrimp to regular breakfast foods. There is also a chef working the counter who will make to order different dishes, including made to order omelets and eggs. The prime rib is the best though. Nice cut and it is just as juicy as any that you would get in a fine dining environment. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the food. In addition, there is a ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2007

Agave Restaurant
Desert Diamond Casino
Tucson, Arizona
(520) 393-2720

Reid Park Zoo

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Reid Park Zoo Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The Tucson Reid Park Zoo is a nice zoo for the size. It is a little small, but you can see the whole thing in matter of two hours as opposed to leaving after seeing only half of it like some big zoos.It has a fair number of animals with good sized habitats and it is broken up into regions. The zoo itself is very easy to get around in and also to self-tour. They do however offer guided tours that are more in depth and will take you behind the scenes. The best part about the Tucson Zoo is that the majority of it can be navigated and you can remain in the shade as there are lots of trees. The giraffe paddock is very spacey and they have three giraffes inside that you can feed, which is neat. They...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 17, 2007

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

Tucson Sidewinders

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Attraction | "Tucson Sidewinders and Tucson Electric Park"

Tucson Sidewinders Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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Triple A baseball at its finest! The Sidewinders are the AAA farm team for the Arizona Diamondbacks and they play at the beautiful Tucson Electric Park in south Tucson. The stadium holds approximately 10,000 and tickets start as low as $6 with reserved box seats as low as $9. The stadium is as nice as they get also. With a grass seating section around the outfield and also along the left field line that provides great seating for families with little ones, there is something for everyone at TEP for a night with the Sidewinders. TEP also has great food and drinks for your enjoyment during the games. Whether you want to do the traditional dog, popcorn, and cracker jacks, Chicago style with a pol...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

Tucson Sidewinders
Tucson Electric Park
Tucson, Arizona 85713
(520) 434 - 1021

International Wildlife Museum

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International Wildlife Museum Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The International Wildlife Museum is a very interesting museum on the west side of Tucson in the foothills of the Tucson Mountains. Containing a very exhaustive collection of mounted animals, you will probably see a stuffed version of something that you've only seen on the Discovery Channel before you leave.With everything from deer to water buffalo to polar bears to a elephant, if you can imagine an animal that you have seen before or wanted to see, in a not so alive fashion, this is the place for you.Broken down into regions and different areas, the entire museum can be completely navigated in about two hours maximum. Entirely indoors, you do not need to be concerned with the heat or...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 18, 2007

International Wildlife Museum
4800 West Gates Pass Road
Tucson, Arizona 85745
(520) 629-0100

Mount Lemmon

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Attraction | "Mt. Lemmon"

Mount Lemmon Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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Mt. Lemmon is the peak of the Catalina Mountain range which forms the northern border of Tucson, Arizona. Mt. Lemmon is over 9,000 ft high and is a welcome respite from the heat and bustle of Tucson. Up in the mountains, you can enjoy a true fall season with changing leaves and snowfall in the winter. Ski Valley is also located atop the mountain and offers skiing and winter sports when snowfall allows.Mt. Lemmon suffered severe fire damage in the Aspen fire in 2003, but has made incredible strides in recovery since then. This is partially due to the large numbers of people who have decided to include Mt. Lemmon and Ski Valley in their vacation and day trip plans and have contributed much in th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 19, 2007

Mount Lemmon
Catalina Highway
Tucson, Arizona 85619
+1 520 547 7510

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Attraction | "Arizona Desert Museum"

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Photo, Tucson, Arizona
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The Arizona Desert Museum is very unique in that it is a living museum. The majority of the exhibits are a collection of the wide variety of cacti and plants native to the local Sonoran Desert. In addition, there are live snakes, other reptiles, insects, and other animals that are native to this ecosystem and that are displayed on 100 acres of pristine Sonoran Desert. They are set through an outdoor walking course with descriptions alongside of them that clarify what each is. It is very informative and gives one a complete understanding of how complex this environment is.There are also restaurants called the Ironwood Terrace, the Ocotillo Cafe, Phoebe's Coffee Bar, and The Cottonwood Sna...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 24, 2007

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

Phoenix Zoo

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Phoenix Zoo Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Living in Tucson, we are just under two hours from Phoenix. This is good for many reasons, one of which is that Phoenix has an awesome zoo. The Phoenix Zoo is the largest non-profit zoo in the United States, at 125 acres of land. There are 2.5 miles of walking paths in the zoo as well and over 1,200 animals on display.The zoo is broken into four distinct areas that have trail systems in them. The Africa Trail, the Arizona Trail, the Tropics Trail, and the Children's/Discovery Trail. All of the trails are very easily navigated and interesting for the whole family.The zoo is fairly large, so it will take approximately two or three hours to see the entire thing. This is somethin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 25, 2007

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway, 64th Street Between Van Buren & Mcdowell Roads
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(602) 273-1341

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District

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Attraction | "Town too tough to die"

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District Photo, Tombstone, Arizona
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Tombstone is the Town Too Tough to Die. Home of the infamous Fight at the OK Corral, and former home to Wyatt Earp and the Earp Brothers, as well as a plethora of other well-known old west icons such as Doc Holliday, Johnny Ringo, and Ed and Bat Masterson. Tombstone is located southeast of Tucson, Arizona, on a relatively flat plain between the Dragoon, Whetstone, and Huachuca Mountain ranges, and is quite a pleasant drive. As you enter the city limits from the north, you will encounter the Boot Hill Cemetary. If you've never seen it, it is worth a look as some of the tombstones are quite interesting. From there, let you travels take you to the Main strip of Allen Street and you should f...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 27, 2007

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District
326 East Allen Street
Tombstone, Arizona
(520) 457-3456

Pima Air and Space Museum

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Pima Air and Space Museum Photo,
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The Pima Air and Space Museum is a very unique and interesting place to visit. With over 160 planes, 100,000 square feet of hangar space, and home to years of our Nation's aerospace history, it is a must-see if in the Tucson area. Some of the specialties at the museum are three B-52 bombers, JFK's old Air Force One and an SR-71 Blackbird, still the fastest jet in the world.They offer tram tours or walking tours and, with both, you get to see all of the planes on the facility. With five hangars offering displays in addition to the vast numbers of aircraft, you will need to allot at least three hours to tour the entire facility, but it is well worth it. The tram tour makes things a little ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2007

Pima Air and Space Museum
6000 East Valencia Road
Tucson, Arizona 85706
(520) 574-0462