Any good Tucson, AZ sights to see?

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  1. Back210s

    Back210s New User

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    Hi everyone,
    Our team will be visiting Tucson, AZ for the USTA Nationals in November (yeah!) and were wondering if any others who have been there in the past, could recommend any good tourist sites in the area? We plan to spend a day or two on non-tennis activities. Ideas?
     
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  2. ollinger

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    Used to travel there regularly as my bro was on UofA faculty for 20 years. Driving through the Saguaro National Monument is a bit repetitious, unless you're eager to see thousands of cacti, but nearly everyone does it. You're about an hour drive from Nogales, a somewhat tawdry Mexican border town, with everything that implies. Just west of Tucson is the Desert Museum, a modest desert style zoo with a nice view of the hills and a limited array of animals. Don't know if Old Tucson, a replica Wild West town where many movies and commercials were filmed, is still there but it would be very close to Desert Museum, west of town. At night, drive north into the foothills for a sparkling nightlight view of Tucson. South of Tucson are some old spanish style Catholic missions, and an underground ICBM missile silo turned into a tourist attraction -- very good tours are given there.
     
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  3. ollinger

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    Almost forgot -- as you're going in November, you MIGHT be able to see the famous Festival of Lights done every year for the Christmas season, in a Tucson neighborhood called Winter Haven. Every resident (you agree to this when you buy a house there) participates in this Christmas light pageant, with awards given in various categories, every home being done up in very imaginative and often unusual Christmas displays.
     
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  4. gavna

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    Old Tucson still up and running and worth a day......my kids love it.....also check out U of A and see if any football or sports going on.
     
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  5. kelawai

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    I went to Sabino Canyon last year. Pima Air and Space museum is good too if you like to see old aircraft laying as junks. I would recommend to stay at Doubletree. Tennis courts just across the street. Fly in directly to Tucson if you can. Phoenix is about an hour and half away and not worth to save a few $$. Unless you have things to do.
     
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