Tuscon after Christmas
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Nov 21, 2012 11:00 AM Last Post By: geo_nerd
Nov 20, 2012 7:21 AM
Tuscon after ChristmasHello,
I'm traveling by train from New Orleans to San Diego right after Christmas, with a stop-over for a couple of nights in Tuscon. I've been to Phoenix and north from there , but this will be my 1st time in Tuscon and Southern Arizona.
I will only be in Tuscon from a Thursday night to Sunday evening, and I have some idea of a few things I'd like to do, in addition to exploring the city. I'd like to visit The Arizona Desert Museum for example. My question , is it possible to do by public transportation, or is renting a car the only good option? What about tours? I've seen some tour sites, but they seem a bit pricey, $150 per person for some, or they require a group and I'll be traveling on my own.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Nov 20, 2012 8:35 AM
Nov 20, 2012 8:53 AM
Nov 20, 2012 11:33 AM
3Well, what do you want to see?
Public transport will get you close to some of the regional highlights.
Sabino Canyon - 105x to Kolb / Sunrise, then 1 mile E. on sunrise to the park.
Pima Air Museum - 26 to Littletown Park. Walk ~1/4 mile NE, across RR tracks.
Titan Missile Museum - 421 to Duval Rd / (Walmart). Walk 1 mile SW on Duval.
Catalina State Park - several (See Oro Valley insert.) Exit onto Oracle just south of Tangerine.
The Desert Museum, either section of Saguaro NP, Madera Canyon, Cataline Highway (Mt. Lemmon) and other regional destinations will pretty much require a car rental.
Between Sabino and Catalina, you'll see about all the desert there is to see, making DM and Saguaro NP somewhat redundant. DM does have all manner of animals in cages, if that's your thing.
If you have wheels...
Fantastic hiking in the nearby Cochise Stronghold region of the Dragoon Mountains.
Great pizza at the Velvet Elvis in Patagonia. Nice wildlife reserve in town too.
Artsy/historic Bisbee is fun. (Avoid Tombstone if you value your wallet and sanity.)
Kitt Peak makes a nice 1/2 day drive. Check to see that the road is open.
Madera Canyon - lots of steep hiking trails, possible snow, forests, critters, etc.
Nov 21, 2012 8:20 AM
4Rent a car...also don't miss the Pima Air Museum and the observatories atop Mt. Lemon.
Nov 21, 2012 11:00 AM
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