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Wild west adventure or a day with Mother Nature - you can See it All - Do it All in the Southeast Desert regions of Arizona. Tucson and other towns are loaded with fun places to go, things to See & Do   while visiting Arizona. Some of the many   Tucson   and Southern Arizona attractions are listed below.

Other attractions throughout Arizona include   Grand Canyon   &   Lake Powell   in   Northern   Arizona -   Scottsdale   or   Mesa   near Phoenix   and the beautiful, cool   White Mountains   of Eastern Arizona.

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4th Avenue Trolley
520-792-1802 for info
The rail system includes some of the original tracks used from 1906-1930 to carry passengers from downtown Tucson to U of A. The transportation museum is all-volunteer & non-profit. Visit this historic rail today.

Arizona Historical Society (AHS)
949 E 2nd Street
Features period rooms, mine shaft replica & photo exhibits. Self guided tours. Children's exhibits. AHS was established when Arizona was a territory.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N Kinney Road
Located in the Saguaro National Park, the museum provides impressive natural habitat exhibits of Sonoran Desert animals, plants, and ecology. A desert landscape garden is also displayed. Live animal demonstrations and guided tours. 7:30am - 6pm daily. A HoT SpoT destination.

Arizona State Museum
E of UA Main Gate
Exhibits of prehistoric and modern Native American pottery and artifacts. The museum has a gift shop.

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 9am-5pm
520-625-4756 fax
The only place in The Copper State where the public can get an inside look at a modern, working copper mine. Located half-way between the San Xavier Mission and the Titan Missile Museum

Biosphere 2 Center
Oracle Road
30 Minutes N of Tucson
800-828-2462 for info
Features tours, restaurant, gift shops, hotel & conference center. Come explore Planet Earth!

This former boomtown of the 1800's is filled with Victorian buildings such as the restored Copper Queen Hotel. Underground tours of copper mines are available. A HoT SpoT activity.

Catalina State Park
Highway 77
12 mi N of Tucson
5,000 acre desert park at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Picnic areas, equestrian facilities, hiking trails. An archaeological site of an ancient Hohokam Indian village is located at the park. A HoT SpoT fun place.

Chiracahua National Monument
Highway 186
near Douglas or Willcox
Extraordinary erosion carved rock formations in a setting of beautiful piney mountains. Campsites and more than 17 miles of hiking/horseback trails are featured in this "Land of the Standing Rocks" which have been home to notable figures such as Geronimo and Cochise. A HoT SpoT to spend a day.

Colossal Cave
Old Spanish Trail
20 miles E of Tucson near Benson
Daily tours are offered at this large limestone cave which was formerly used as a hideout by Indians & desperados. A HoT SpoT destination.

Coronado Cave
S of Tucson near Mexico border
Coronado National Memorial
A primitive cave, worth the effort. Enjoy cool temperatures and calcite formations at this HoT SpoT destination.

Fort Huachuca
near Sierra Vista
Once an important territorial outpost, the fort is now a strategic communications base for the US Army. There are to museums open to the public. The Main Museum provides a history of the post while the Intelligence Museum records Ft Huachuca's history in US Army intelligence.

International Wildlife Museum
4800 W Gates Pass Road
More than 290 species of animals from around the world are displayed in the museum which also houses a restaurant, theatre, and gift shop. Open daily 9am - 5pm.

Kitt Peak National Observatory
50 miles SW of Tucson
Scenic home of the McNarth solar telescope & the National Optical Astronomical Observatories. The observatory has picnic areas and a gift shop.

Old Tucson Studios
A western film location which features daily shoot-outs, games and rides. The studio was destroyed by fire in 1995 and has been rebuilt. Open daily 10am - 6pm. A HoT SpoT Arizona attraction.

Patagonia Lake State Park
S of Tucson
Hiking, camping, fishing, swimming - rent a paddle boat or canoe. Riparian excellence in Arizona's Southeast Desert region.

Phone Line Trail
Sabino Canyon
A view of Sabino Canon seldom seen by visitors. 4 * mile trail. Ask for directions at Sabino Canyon Visitor Center.

Ramsey Canyon Preserve
90 miles SE of Tucson
Located in the Huachuca Mountains, the preserve shelters 300 acres in a wooded gorge. Look for hummingbirds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, amphibians and plants while exploring the natural habitat. Open daily 8am - 5pm, please phone for parking reservations 24 hours in advance.

Reid Park Zoo
off 22nd Street
Features natural habitat settings and multispecies exhibits. In Reid Park.

Sabino Canyon
N of Tucson on Sabino Canyon Rd
Sabino Canyon offers narrated tours through areas where mammoths roamed, Hohokam Indians lived, and pony soldiers relaxed. Hiking trails, trams, swimming are all available.

Saguaro National Park East
Old Spanish Trail
Special hikes and interpretive programs are offered.

Saguaro National Park West
2700 N Kinney Road
Features picnic trails, looped road for driving or biking, hiking trails, petroglyphs & other attractions.

St Augustine Cathedral
192 S Stone Avenue
Tall narrow windows, a high interior and wide dome of wooden slats is reminiscent of European churches. Built in 1897. The exterior is especially attractive at dusk or dawn.

San Xavier Mission
Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation
S of Tucson
"The White Dove of the Desert" was founded by Father Kino in the 1700's and is one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the US. Features a museum of artifacts of the Bac people, mission architecture and religious artifacts. Mass is held Tues-Fri and Sunday and communion service is held 8:30am Monday.

S of Tucson
Highways 83 & 82
Gorgeous terrain surrounds this Southern Arizona community. You won't be disappointed at this HoT SpoT destination.

Titan Missile Silo Museum
Green Valley
Take an underground tour and see the massive 740 ton roll-back silo door, visit the control center, and view demonstrations of monitoring and procedures of Titan Missiles.

Tohono Chul Park
7366 N Paseo del Norte
The park features wheelchair accessible nature trails, demonstration gardens, exhibit ramadas, a children's garden and a tea room. A $2.00 donation is requested.

Highway 80
S of Tucson
Visit historic OK Corral where Doc Holliday & Wyatt Earp engaged in the infamous gunfight. Tour Boothill Cemetery, Crystal Palace Saloon and many other attractions in the "Town Too Tough to Die".
A Tombstone fan's page ... enjoy!

Toy Train Museum
7401 N LaCholla Blvd
Four trains can run at one time on this 18' x 36' layout. Railroad memorabilia. Open daily 10am - 9pm, guided tours by appointment.

Trail Dust Town
6541 E Tanque Verde Road
Wild West Stunt Shows - Live performances Thursday - Sunday evenings. $1.00

45 miles S of Tucson
Once the site of a Spanish presido, tour historic Tubac Presidio State Park & Museum. Travel Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail to Tumacacori National Monument.

Tucson Greyhound Park
2601 S 3rd Avenue

S of Tucson
Built in 1795, the Franciscan mission was taken by Apaches. A garden is maintained like the Padres grew 200 years ago.

2900 N Country Club Road
View the Duncan family yo-yo collection. This is a fun place and you'll be inspired to try walking the dog again! A HoT SpoT to visit, especially with children.

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