Tucson Journals

A Weekend in the Desert

Best of IgoUgo

An April 2008 trip to Tucson by frozetoes

La Fuente Photo, Tucson, Arizona More Photos
Quote: When you're from Minnesota, Tucson provides a chance to warm up, experience no humidity, and have an unbelievable view of the night sky.

A Weekend in the Desert

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

Quote:
Frankly, being a lover of getaways to the tropics, I was less than enamored with the desert. I just couldn’t get used to seeing dirt, rocks, cacti and snakes everywhere instead of grass, trees and flowers. I do realize that many people find beauty in the dessert; I’m just warning other tropics-lovers out there. Even though I would not choose to visit Tucson again, it did provide what we were looking for: a chance to view the night sky at Kitt Peak Observatory without humidity and light pollution getting in the way. And we found a couple other treasures along the way, such as the Desert Sonora Museum, and some excellent Mexican food. In addition, we got to learn about an area of the coun...Read More
Quote:
La Quinta is a brand I have always avoided, thinking it was on par with Super 8. However, the Tucson La Quinta airport is fantastic and I would definitely recommend it. Being right near the airport certainly appeals to business travelers, and they are definitely set up to accommodate them. Rooms have a large desk with comfy desk chair and data ports. The lobby has a computer with internet and a printer. The free (and substantial) continental breakfast starts at 5:00 AM. There is also an outdoor pool and indoor fitness center.All of these business accommodations worked out well for us as vacationers! Having less than a 5 minute drive from the airport to the hotel was nice after traveli...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 26, 2008

La Quinta Inn and Suites Tucson Airport
7001 SOUTH TUCSON
Tucson, Arizona 85706
520-573-3333

La Fuente

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

La Fuente Photo, Tucson, Arizona
Quote:
Being 40 miles from the Mexican border, we wanted to make sure we had some Mexican food while in town. We decided to try a place called La Fuente because it was recommended. As we drove through the neighborhood with bars on the windows and razor wire on top of chain link fences, we weren’t too sure this is where we wanted to be. When we saw the hot pink building that is La Fuente, we almost kept going. But, we decided to give it a try and we were glad we did. The inside is full of life – murals and strings of lights decorate the walls, plants are everywhere and the food and service are excellent. Add to that the live, strolling mariachi band and you’ve got a winning combination!You’re ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 20, 2008

La Fuente
1749 North Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85705
520-623-8659

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Photo, Tucson, Arizona
Quote:
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is highly recommended by all guide books and review sites, so we knew we had to go, and it did not disappoint. We spent 5 hours there, and would have stayed longer, but had to leave to make it to Kitt Peak on time. The day we were there, the forecast was for 90 degrees, so we made sure to get there early before it got too hot outside. (They open at 7:30 or 8:30, depending on the time of year.) Even though it is called a museum, it is actually a zoo so you will be outside most of the time. Dress appropriately for that, carry water and wear sunscreen. If you forget your sunscreen, they have sunscreen dispensers in the bathrooms. I think that’s a great to...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2008

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

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Kitt Peak National Observatory Photo, Tucson, Arizona
Quote:
The main reason we went to Tucson was to participate in the Night Observing Program at Kitt Peak National Observatory, and I highly recommend it. Kitt Peak is 56 miles southwest of Tucson. Allow 90 minutes to get there from Tucson. It houses 26 different telescopes, which makes it the world’s largest collection. It is open during the day for tours, (guided tours are $4 each, or you can go on a self-guided tour), but if you want a chance to look at objects in the sky with a knowledgeable astronomer through a more powerful telescope than you’ve ever had, take advantage of the Night Observing Program.You must make a reservation for the NOP, at least 2-4 weeks ahead of time. On t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 20, 2008

Kitt Peak National Observatory
Highway 86 and Junction 386
Tucson, Arizona 86534
+1 520 318 8726