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    Tucson!

    Hello all! I am currently on Spring Break and am excited to be leaving for Tucson on the weekend for a week. Never been there before......

    Not sure if a casino is in the plan but what are some must-dos/sees?? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wendy View Post
    Hello all! I am currently on Spring Break and am excited to be leaving for Tucson on the weekend for a week. Never been there before......

    Not sure if a casino is in the plan but what are some must-dos/sees?? Thanks!
    If you plan to return and want a casino home base, Casino del Sol is generous with comps in our experience—but the slots are very tight. Desert Diamond seems a little looser but comps are less.

    If you like animals, there's an inexpensive and very nice zoo in Reid Park. There's also the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, with a range of desert plant and animal life in indoor and outdoor exhibits—like a botanical garden and small zoo combined—a little higher admission but this is a gorgeous time of year to visit there. If you happen to be north of Tucson, the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch is like a big petting zoo and totally worth a visit (the miniature donkeys are a treat, along with several other types of birds and animals).

    Mount Lemmon is a neat scenic drive where you can see the landscape change as elevation gradually increases to about 9,000 feet—desert, grasslands, Alpine forest, and more. Twenty degrees cooler at the summit. (I'm scared of mountain roads but this one doesn't faze me. Wide and well maintained, with guard rails.) Some cool places to scramble around on huge rocks on the way up.

    Downtown is tiny but cute. Nearby "Barrio Historico" has some cool old architecture.

    San Xavier mission is gorgeous and worth a visit, not far from Desert Diamond.

    Nice driving loop in Saguaro National Park (there are two sections, I forget which one it is), huge cactus vistas. Catalina State Park also scenic, although I recall being surprised that the trail we were walking was actually a grasslands environment (must've been higher up). Mountain lions have been spotted there but they're unlikely to pose any threat unless you're alone. I think I heard they're more likely to come out at dusk than midday. On any trail, keep an eye out for rattlesnakes too.

    I also learned early on that you don't brush past cactus the way you might brush past shrubs/trees, or you can get scratched up pretty badly—LOL. In the desert, even the plants are out to get you! But it's so beautiful there.

    Enjoy your trip!





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    Have a Wonderful vacation Wendy!!
    Safe Travels...
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    Thank-you Tobiathan for all of the advice! Definitely planned on Saguaro National Park but may have to check out some of your other suggestions. I had read about the Mission and Barrio Historico that you mentioned sounds like something different too! I don't care for rattlesnakes so hope they don't care for me either!! LOL

    As I am a food-oriented person, any recommendations??
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    Hi Wendy,

    Enjoy your spring break. I love Arizona and wouldn't mind living there but my wife isn't fond of SCORPIONS, TARANTULAS, AND RATTLERS. Last visit , outside of Sedona, we were visiting some Indian Ruins, and a 4+ ft. Mojave rattler crossed right in front of my feet while I was trying to take a photo of the ruins. Now, everytime I mention Arizona she walks away.
    The most unique things I tried were Bison medallions which were excellent, and a Quail Egg Frittata for breakfast , also super...
    Be safe, have a ball...

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    ANDY ~ Thanks for your helpful info about the area. I am currently considering cancelling my flight........ LOL

    Your wife and I seem to have a lot in common and if a 4+ ft rattler crosses MY path......well,.....you will all hear me (regardless of which part of the country you live in)
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    You have to take the trip to Tombstone!! This would be an all day trip, they have some great museums and live action shows. Also, take a tour around the cemetary, it has a lot of info scattered throughout. Have fun and hopefully the Tuscon casinos are more friendly than the Phoenix ones !!

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    Hey Wends,

    Hope you are having a ball.. Keep an eye open on the side of the road for Road Runners. We held our annual sales meetings in Phoenix for 7-8 years and I only saw a road runner once in all that time as they are very elusive.. Just ask Wiley Coyote !! Meep !! Meep !!

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    Hello All! Returned from Tucson yesterday and had a wonderful trip! Saw many of the sites some of you mentioned in this thread so Thank-you!!!

    The San Xavier Mission was so beautiful and serene. The Sonora Desert museum was amazing ~ lots to see in a natural setting! I don't think I'll ever tire of seeing the many types of cactus ~ lots of flowering too! Did 3 long and challenging hikes including one in Ventana Canyon where I split my pants on the way up and had to continue hiking for another 2.5 hours!! LOL Thank goodness I had my hoodie around my waist!!

    Mt Lemmon was spectacular. The chairlift up and seeing snow on the ground was interesting! Saw many different animals ~ deer, beautiful red cardinals, a bobcat in our backyard, roadrunners and ....... a tarantula and a black racer snake (about 2 feet long) AHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! I survived!!!!

    All in all, a great trip. Even snuck in a quick trip to Casino del Sol.......I played only a little bit but managed to bonus several times on the Dancing Drums and left with an extra 45c......a win!!!
    Home is where the heart is but any spare change I find goes in the Vegas Fund!

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    Awesome!! Wendy I'm so glad you had a Wonderful trip!!
    And you even managed a little casino play!! lol.
    How koool is That! !!
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