Top 10 Things to do in Tucson Arizona

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In 1775, Hugo O’Conor established the Tucson Presido, which marks the official birth date of the City of Tucson. Since 1775, the city has flown the flag of three countries over its courthouse … Mexico, Spain and America (as well as flags from both sides of the Civil War). The Southern Pacific Railroad reached Tucson in 1880, causing a growth spurt and significant development of the town structure. Around the turn of the century, Tucson began marketing itself as a sunshine city, attracting thousands of tuberculosis victims seeking a cure in its dry climate.
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Today, Tucson is still the sunshine city with plenty of things to see and do. Here are the top 10 locations to explore when you visit Tucson.

1. Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum — is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. The exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert where you can see more than 300 species of animals and 1,200 kinds of plants. There are 2 miles of path traversing 21 acres of gorgeous desert terrain. The Ironwood Terraces and the Ocotillo Café offer completes menu including children’s items. The gift shops offer a wife array of gifts and educational items.

For more information:
Phone: (520) 883-2702
Website: www.desertmuseum.org

2. The International Wildlife Museum — the museum highlights over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the animals found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals.

For more information:
Phone: 520-629-0100
Phone: 520-617-1439
Website: www.thewildlifemuseum.org

3. Kartchner Caverns State Park® — Kartchner Caverns is a stunning limestone cavern system in Southeastern Arizona, with world-class cave formations considered the best of their kind in the world. Tours of the cave are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily by reservation.

For more information:
Phone: 520-586-4100
Phone: 520-586-2283 (reservations)
Website: www.explorethecaverns.com

4. Pima Air & Space Museum — is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. You can see more than 275 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.

For more information:
Phone: 520-574-0462
Email: gro.riaamipnull@tsiuqdnulj
Website: www.pimaair.org

5. Flandrau: The University of Arizona Science Center — offers the Star Theater Planetarium with fun and educational programs for all ages, including numerous exhibits, from hands-on science demonstrations to a major national mineral display. You can experience the “Colliding Asteroids” show, sky shows for all ages, including an introduction to “Arizona Skies,” and an evening laser light concert in the Planetarium.

For more information:
Phone: 520-621-7827
Email: ude.anozira.liamenull@csf
Website: www.flandrau.org

6. Kitt Peak National Observatory — explore your universe with the world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. Kitt Peak is home to 22 optical and two radio telescopes representing dozens of astronomical research institutions. Visit the National Solar Observatory exhibit gallery and watch scientists operate the world’s largest solar telescope. Take a tour and discover how astronomers use telescopes to unlock the mysteries of the Universe.

For more information:
Phone: 520-318-8726
Email: ude.oaonnull@eledefr
Website: www.noao.edu

7. Mission San Xavier del Bac — the finest example of mission architecture in the southwest, is also known as “The White Dove of the Desert.” The mission is located in the Santa Cruz Valley and is framed by the surrounding hills and distant mountains. It rises, brilliantly white from the desert floor of dusty green mesquite and sage, while the lofty domes and towers are etched against a vivid blue sky.

For more information:
Phone: 520-294-2624
Fax: 520-294-3438
Website: www.sanxaviermission.org

8. Mt Lemmon — the highest peak in the Catalina Mountains near Tucson is well worth the drive to the summit ski area. A 30-mile drive to the summit will take you from Sonoran Desert terrain to an aspen and ponderosa pine forest. Dozens of overlooks allow you stop and savor amazing panoramic scenery, and there are plenty of places to stop and hike.

9. Saguaro National Park — for most of us the Saguaro is the universal symbol of the American West. However, these majestic plants are only found in a small portion of the United States. Saguaro National Park protects some of the most impressive forests of these sub-tropical giants

For more information:
Phone: 520-733-5158
Email: vog.spnnull@noitamrofni_ugas
Website: www.nps.gov/sagu

10. The University of Arizona Biosphere 2 — this 3.14 acre enclosed biosphere is an amazing adventure. The tour begins in the human habitat. Here you will see one of the apartments where the Biospherians lived for nearly four years during a scientific study, as well as the farm area where they grew their crops and the kitchen where they cooked their meals.

Your guide will then lead you through the airlock door into the wilderness areas of Biosphere 2 where you will experience firsthand the environments of this engineering marvel.

You first enter the tropical savanna. The trail system then travels along the 40-foot ocean cliff where you look down into the million gallon tropical ocean. As you move along the trail, you descend into the lower savanna along the mangrove through the tropical thorn scrub and into the coastal fog desert. From the desert, you now go into the technosphere. The technosphere is where mechanical systems make control of the Biosphere 2 environments possible.

From the technosphere, you venture into the recently opened tropical rainforest, which contains over 150 different species of plants, some more than 60 feet tall! Finally, you will descend through a tunnel into one of two lungs. The lungs are large geodesic domes that originally prevented Biosphere 2 from exploding or imploding.

For more information:
Phone: 520-838-6200
Email: gro.ecneics2Bnull@ofni
Website: www.b2science.org

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