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'''Tucson''' [http://www.cityoftucson.org/visitor.html] (pronounced TOO-sawn) is the second-largest city in the state of [[Arizona]], in the [[United States of America]].
 
'''Tucson''' [http://www.cityoftucson.org/visitor.html] (pronounced TOO-sawn) is the second-largest city in the state of [[Arizona]], in the [[United States of America]].
  
At an elevation of 2,400 feet, it has slightly cooler temperatures than its desert cousin, [[Phoenix]].  It is situated in the biologically diverse Sonoran Desert. With a population of 486,699 (2000 Census) in Tucson and 843,746 in the greater metro area, which also includes Marana, Oro Valley, Green Valley, Sahuarita, Drexel Heights, Vail, South Tucson, etc (most of eastern Pima County [http://www.pima.gov/]), Tucson was the 32nd fastest growing of 280 metropolitan areas from 1990-2000. As of the 2010 census, the population within the city limits was 520,116
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At an elevation of 2,400 feet, it has slightly cooler temperatures than its desert cousin, [[Phoenix]].  It is situated in the biologically diverse Sonoran Desert. With a population of 486,699 (2000 Census) in Tucson and 843,746 in the greater metro area (Pima County [http://www.pima.gov/]), Tucson was the 32nd fastest growing of 280 metropolitan areas from 1990-2000.
and the Greater Tucson Metropolitan Area population was 980,263, making it the 52nd biggest metropolitan area in the country.
 
  
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
'''Tucson International Airport''' ({{IATA|TUS}}), <listing name="" alt="" directions="" address="7250 S Tucson Blvd" phone="+1 520 573-8000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.tucsonairport.org" hours="" price="">Served by a number of major carriers.</listing>
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'''Tucson International Airport''' ({{IATA|TUS}}), <listing name="" alt="" directions="" address="7250 S Tucson Blvd" phone="+1 520 573-8000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.tucsonairport.org" hours="" price="">Served by a number of airlines. Some people fly into [[Phoenix]] Sky Harbor and then take a shuttle to Tucson.</listing>
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
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*'''By car''':I-10 and I-19 are the only freeways in Tucson. East-west travel on surface streets above I-10 can be slow during the work day. Tucson has far fewer miles of freeway than other U.S. cities of its size.  All east-west travel and all travel on the east side is done via surface streets.  
 
*'''By car''':I-10 and I-19 are the only freeways in Tucson. East-west travel on surface streets above I-10 can be slow during the work day. Tucson has far fewer miles of freeway than other U.S. cities of its size.  All east-west travel and all travel on the east side is done via surface streets.  
 
*'''By bike''': Tucson is a bike-friendly community, and has an extensive system of bike routes and paths [http://www.pagnet.org/bikemap/Bike_maps.htm] (but something you don't want to do in the summer unless you are experienced riding in very hot, dry weather).
 
*'''By bike''': Tucson is a bike-friendly community, and has an extensive system of bike routes and paths [http://www.pagnet.org/bikemap/Bike_maps.htm] (but something you don't want to do in the summer unless you are experienced riding in very hot, dry weather).
*'''By Streetcar''': A newly opened streetcar connects downtown to 4th Avenue, Main Gate, university campus and the medical center. If staying along this route it is a very useful tool to get you around the main areas of the city.
 
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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*'''Old Tucson Studios''', 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tel. (520) 883-0100, [http://www.oldtucson.com/].  Ever notice that Hollywood's Old West, the backdrop for the gun-slinging and cryptic comments of Hollywood's Western icons -- Wayne, Eastwood, Douglas and Newman -- has much in common with the Wild West of today's Tombstone and Geronimo? They've all been filmed at the Old Tucson Studios, originally built in 1939 for the making of the William Holden vehicle "Arizona." Still an active film, TV and commercial set, it's also a nostalgia-themed park, with main drag shootouts, corseted can-can dancers, educational shows, pre-Prohibition saloons, restaurants, and gift shops.
 
*'''Old Tucson Studios''', 201 S. Kinney Rd., Tel. (520) 883-0100, [http://www.oldtucson.com/].  Ever notice that Hollywood's Old West, the backdrop for the gun-slinging and cryptic comments of Hollywood's Western icons -- Wayne, Eastwood, Douglas and Newman -- has much in common with the Wild West of today's Tombstone and Geronimo? They've all been filmed at the Old Tucson Studios, originally built in 1939 for the making of the William Holden vehicle "Arizona." Still an active film, TV and commercial set, it's also a nostalgia-themed park, with main drag shootouts, corseted can-can dancers, educational shows, pre-Prohibition saloons, restaurants, and gift shops.
 
*'''El Tiradito (The Castaway)''',  South Granada Avenue at West Cushing Street.  El Tiradito is the only shrine to a sinner in North America.  In the 1880s, a young man had an affair with his mother-in-law.  When caught in the act, his father-in-law shot him and he stumbled from bed and ran out of the house.  He dropped dead on this spot, and because he had not confessed his sins, he could not be buried in the church yard.  His family and friends interred him where he fell, but remembered him with candles and flowers.  People still burn candles and leave offerings today.  The shrine is in what remains of Tucson's barrio (much of which was destroyed when the Tucson Convention Center was built).  Best visited at dusk or after dark.
 
*'''El Tiradito (The Castaway)''',  South Granada Avenue at West Cushing Street.  El Tiradito is the only shrine to a sinner in North America.  In the 1880s, a young man had an affair with his mother-in-law.  When caught in the act, his father-in-law shot him and he stumbled from bed and ran out of the house.  He dropped dead on this spot, and because he had not confessed his sins, he could not be buried in the church yard.  His family and friends interred him where he fell, but remembered him with candles and flowers.  People still burn candles and leave offerings today.  The shrine is in what remains of Tucson's barrio (much of which was destroyed when the Tucson Convention Center was built).  Best visited at dusk or after dark.
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*'''Center for Creative Photography''', [http://dizzy.library.arizona.edu/branches/ccp/ccphome.html] is on the University of Arizona campus, and routinely features works of famous (and not-so-famous) photographers.  When they have their Ansel Adams collection up it is a must see. 
 
[[Image:VLBAand4m.jpg|thumb|Two telescopes on Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.]]
 
[[Image:VLBAand4m.jpg|thumb|Two telescopes on Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona.]]
 
*'''Kitt Peak National Observatory''', [http://www.noao.edu/outreach/kpoutreach.html] is one hour southwest of Tucson.  A "don't miss" for the astronomy buff, there are several astronomical telescopes plus a large solar telescope.  There are tours available.   
 
*'''Kitt Peak National Observatory''', [http://www.noao.edu/outreach/kpoutreach.html] is one hour southwest of Tucson.  A "don't miss" for the astronomy buff, there are several astronomical telescopes plus a large solar telescope.  There are tours available.   
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There's something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows--from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads--and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback. </see>
 
There's something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows--from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads--and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback. </see>
 
*<see name="Philabaum Glass Gallery &amp; Studio" alt="" address="711 S. 6th Avenue" directions="" phone="520-884-7404" url="www.philabaumglass.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tom Philabaum built his first glass studio in 1975, and opened the adjacent gallery in 1982.  Together they represent one of the most enduring art endeavors of present-day Tucson.  Visitors are able to watch the glass blowing process in the studio, and shop the impressive collection of contemporary glass art from artists around the country.  Located just south of Downtown.  </see>
 
*<see name="Philabaum Glass Gallery &amp; Studio" alt="" address="711 S. 6th Avenue" directions="" phone="520-884-7404" url="www.philabaumglass.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Tom Philabaum built his first glass studio in 1975, and opened the adjacent gallery in 1982.  Together they represent one of the most enduring art endeavors of present-day Tucson.  Visitors are able to watch the glass blowing process in the studio, and shop the impressive collection of contemporary glass art from artists around the country.  Located just south of Downtown.  </see>
*<see name="De Grazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District" alt="" address="6300 N Swan Rd" directions="" phone="520-299-9191" url="http://degrazia.org/" hours="10am-4pm daily" price="Free" lat="" long="">A collection of buildings designed and built by well-known painter Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia (1909-1982). There is also a gallery showcasing some of his work. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.</see>
 
*<see name="Tucson Museum of Art" alt="" address="140 N Main Ave" directions="" phone="520-624-2333" url="https://www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/" hours="W 10am-5pm, Th 10am-8pm, F-Su 10am-5pm" price="$10" lat="" long="">A museum complex housed in a collection of historic adobe houses, this museum hosts exhibits of regional contemporary art, as well as the Arizona Biennial. Its permanent collection of Latin American and pre-Columbian art is particularly noteworthy.</see>
 
*<see name="University of Arizona Museum of Art" alt="" address="1031 Olive Rd" directions="on the U of A campus, by E Speedway" phone="520-621-7567" url="http://www.artmuseum.arizona.edu/" hours="T-Fr 9am-5pm, Sa-Su 12pm-4pm" price="$5 (adults)" lat="" long="">Houses an extensive of American and European art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, with excellent rotating exhibits. A highlight of the collection is the 15th-century Spanish altarpiece of Ciudad Rodrigo.</see>
 
*<see name="Museum of Contemporary Art" alt="" address="265 S Church Ave" directions="just across the street from the Tucson Convention Center" phone="520-624-5019" url="http://www.moca-tucson.org/" hours="W-Su 12pm-5pm" price="$8 (adults)" lat="" long="">Hosts exhibits of regional contemporary art.</see>
 
*<see name="Center for Creative Photography" alt="" address="1030 Olive Rd" directions="on the U of A campus, by E Speedway" phone="520-621-7968" url="http://www.creativephotography.org/" hours="M-Fr 9am-5pm, Sa-Su 1pm-4pm" price="Free" lat="" long="">The center was founded by Ansel Adams, and routinely features works of famous (and not-so-famous) photographers.  When they have their Ansel Adams collection up it is a must see.</see>
 
*<see name="Ft Lowell Museum" alt="" address="2900 N Craycroft Rd" directions="" phone="520-885-3832" url="http://www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/education/welcome-to-ft-lowell-museum-tucson/" hours="F-Sa 10am-4pm" price="$3 (adults)" lat="" long="">Fort Lowell was a US Army post, active in the late 19th century during the Apache Wars. Most of the adobe structures are now in ruins, but the commanding officers' quarters have been reconstructed and now house a small museum. Exhibits focus on military life on the frontier.</see>
 
*<see name="Barrio Viejo" alt="Barrio Historico" address="Bounded by I-10, W Cushing St , S 6th Ave, and W 18th St" directions="by the Tucson Convention Center" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods, with colorful adobe buildings housing shops, galleries, and residences. The El Tiradito shrine (see listing above) is here. Best explored on foot.</see>
 
*<see name="All Souls Procession" alt="" address="Downtown" directions="route begins on N 6th Ave and E 6th St, and ends on W Congress Ave after I-10" phone="" url="http://www.allsoulsprocession.org/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">One of the largest festivals in Tucson and based on the Mexican holiday 'Dia de los Muertos' (Day of the Dead), the highlight is a 3-mile parade beginning at dusk. Very colorful, with participants dressing in traditional or creative costumes. Takes place annually on the first Sunday in November.</see>
 
*<see name="Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Cultural Center" alt="" address="856 W. Calle Santa Ana" directions="south of Grant Road and Fairview Avenue" phone="" url="" hours=" Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m." price="Free (donations are welcome)" lat="" long="">Museum that features more than 4000 artifacts on display from the old Pasqua tribe that is displayed in a home built in 1926 and is listed in the National Register of Historic places. </see>
 
*<see name="Yume Japanese Gardens" alt="" address="2130 N. Alvernon Way" directions="" phone="520-332-2928" url="tucsonjapanesegardens.org" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""> The living expression of an ancient Japanese heritage, Yume covers three quarters of an acre and comprises five traditional visions of landscape. In each, nature is balanced by the human hand to render the serene elegance and subtle spirit of an authentic Japanese garden. Frequent events showcase bonsai cultivation, flower arranging, and Japanese music and dance. Admission ranges from $5 for children to $9 for adults, with discounts for senior citizens and the military.</see>
 
  
  
 
==Talk==
 
==Talk==
Tucson is a diverse city. English, of course, is the most widely spoken language, and there are many people that speak Spanish as well.
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Tucson is a very diverse city. English is the most widely spoken language, and there are Russian and French speaking minorities in the north towards Oro valley. Many people in the south side are Bilingual in English and Spanish.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
 
*'''Club Congress''', 311 E. Congress St., Tel. (520) 622-8848, [http://www.hotcong.com/club/].  If you feel like dancing,  this is the place to go.  Located in the historic Congress Hotel, you'll find three bars and one dance floor, featuring techno dance beats and live bands.  Call ahead to see who's playing.  Cover charge.
 
*'''Club Congress''', 311 E. Congress St., Tel. (520) 622-8848, [http://www.hotcong.com/club/].  If you feel like dancing,  this is the place to go.  Located in the historic Congress Hotel, you'll find three bars and one dance floor, featuring techno dance beats and live bands.  Call ahead to see who's playing.  Cover charge.
*'''4th Avenue''', One of two locations with a large concentration of bars and nightclubs, most notably Maloney's (a Pub chain), O'Malley's (Sports bar/dance/live music), The Shanty (Pub), Bison Witches (Sandwich shop/bar), Sky Bar (bar/pool hall), and The Surly Wench (bar/live music).
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*'''Plush''', [http://www.plushtucson.com/]. Live music - talented local, regional, and national touring acts 5-7 nights a week.
*<do name="The HangArt" alt="" address="25 E 6th St." directions="Main venue is on Echols in between 5th and 6th steets" phone="" url="" hours="varies" price="varies, but cheap" lat="" long="">Tucson's edgiest live music venue, the HangArt hosts a wide range of performers and musicians almost every night of the week.  Anything from punk, folk, indie rock, alternative, hip hop, or electronica and combinations thereof may be available.  The HangArt is also a gallery with frequent shows by local visual artists. The main venue is unique, a giant hanger-like storage facility holds the performers and a standing room combined with an outdoor open air seating area further away from the stage.  The interior has a large white screen for video art projections which accompany the live music.  Truly the most unique and amazing music venue in Tucson.</do>
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*'''4th Avenue''', One of two locations with a large concentration of bars and nightclubs, most notably Maloney's (a Pub chain), O'Malley's (Sports bar/dance/live music), The Shanty (Pub), Bison Witches (Sandwich shop/bar), North on 4th (bar/pool hall), and The Surly Wench (bar/live music).
*<do name="Carnival of Illusion" alt="An Evening of Old-World Magic" address="Scottish Rite Grand Parlor, 160 S. Scott, Tucson, 85701" directions="Between the Cathedral and the Children's Museum" phone="(520) 615-5299" url="https://www.carnivalofillusion.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">This program is an international travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow and it's the longest running Arizona theater show in history.</do>
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*'''Congress Street''', Home of Club Congress and other venues, including the District (a dive) and Asylum (darkwave/industrial music)
*<do name="Feed the Critters at Rooster Cogburn Ranch" alt="" address="Interstate 10, Exit 219" directions="" phone="15204663658" url="http://www.roostercogburn.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">For a great time stop and Feed the Critters at Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. It is located on Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix. Take Exit #219 and then take the frontage road SE into the ranch. There are ostrich, deer, and Rainbow Lorikeets to feed so there is something for everyone! The ostrich will eat right out of your hand if you are brave enough or there are feed chutes for the more conservative feeders. The deer are so sweet and gently eat from your hand and the kids love them! The Rainbow Lorikeet Forest is a new attraction that is awesome! The small parrots land on your head, hands, and everywhere else and eat nectar out of a cup you hold. There is also shopping for ostrich products, etc., even ostrich eating eggs! A lot of fun for all ages and very affordable.</do>
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*<do name="The HangArt" alt="" address="25 E 6th St." directions="Main venue is on Echols in between 5th and 6th steets" phone="" url="" hours="varies" price="varies, but cheap" lat="" long="">Tucson's edgiest live music venue, the HangArt hosts a wide range of performers and musicians almost every night of the week.  Anything from punk, folk, indie rock, alternative, hip hop, or electronica and combinations thereof may be available.  The HangArt is also a gallery with frequent shows by local visual artists. The main venue is unique, a giant hanger-like storage facility holds the performers and a standing room combined with an outdoor open air seating area further away from the stage.  The interior has a large white screen for video art projections which accompany the live music.  Truly the most unique and amazing music venue in Tucson.   </do>
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*<do name="Carnival of Illusion" alt="An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders" address="Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, 85711" directions="On Alvernon Way between Broadway and 22nd" phone="(520) 615-5299" url="http://www.carnivalofillusion.com/" hours="Fridays and Saturdays at 6PM and 8:30PM" price="" lat="" long="">National recipients for "Excellence in Magic" Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present a Victorian-inspired magical show. Who knew Tucson had this little gem? The Tucson Citizen calls the show, "The best show in Tucson." Book early. Seating is regularly sold out since it is quite intimate with only 35 guests per show. FYI. A secret... When booking, be sure to ask about the buy one dinner entree, get one free.</do>
  
 
==Learn==
 
==Learn==
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*'''The Summit Hut''', 5045 E. Speedway at Rosemont, Tel. (520) 325-1554 and 605 E. Wetmore at 1st Avenue, Tel. (520) 888-1000, [http://www.summithut.com/].  Offers great gear and resources for getting outdoors around Tucson.  A very local shop with more than 30 years of experience.  Go in and ask questions, these guys will take the time to help you out.
 
*'''The Summit Hut''', 5045 E. Speedway at Rosemont, Tel. (520) 325-1554 and 605 E. Wetmore at 1st Avenue, Tel. (520) 888-1000, [http://www.summithut.com/].  Offers great gear and resources for getting outdoors around Tucson.  A very local shop with more than 30 years of experience.  Go in and ask questions, these guys will take the time to help you out.
 
*'''Silver Sea''', 330 N. 4th Ave. In the popular 4th Ave shopping district (520)624-9954. Offers sterling silver jewelry at competitive prices. Interesting little figurines (fantasy, gothic, Egyptian, skulls) and a variety of giftie-type things. Silver Sea has been in business since 1993 and moved downtown in 2003. Recently transported to 4th Ave, Silver Sea is owner-operated--"Lizzie"--will help you find the perfect goodie to bring back with you. "Stardust" and "Cake" label jewelry available in limited supply. Lots of one of a kind items!
 
*'''Silver Sea''', 330 N. 4th Ave. In the popular 4th Ave shopping district (520)624-9954. Offers sterling silver jewelry at competitive prices. Interesting little figurines (fantasy, gothic, Egyptian, skulls) and a variety of giftie-type things. Silver Sea has been in business since 1993 and moved downtown in 2003. Recently transported to 4th Ave, Silver Sea is owner-operated--"Lizzie"--will help you find the perfect goodie to bring back with you. "Stardust" and "Cake" label jewelry available in limited supply. Lots of one of a kind items!
*<buy name="The RumRunner" alt="The Rum Runner", address="3131 E. First Street" directions="just off SE corner of Speedway & Country Club" phone="(520) 326-0121" url="http://www.RumRunnerTucson.com" hours="11AM - 10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Wine & Spirits Shop.  Fair (counts as good for Tucson) selection of wines, whiskeys (Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian) and vodka, gin, tequila, cognac, brandy, and Rum. Fair beer selection.  Cheese counter / paté / olives / cornichons / smoked salmon / caviar / proscuito / salametti / baguettes / picnic foods.  Chocolates and candies.  Wine Tastings / Wine Bar / In-house bistro / #    www.RumRunnerTucson.com  </buy>
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*<buy name="The RumRunner" alt="The Rum Runner", address="3131 E. First Street" directions="just off SE corner of Speedway & Country Club" phone="(520) 326-0121" url="http://www.RumRunnerTucson.com" hours="11AM - 10PM" price="" lat="" long="">Tucson's Destination Wine & Spirits Shop.  Top Names, Rare Finds and Everyday Best Buys.  International selection of fine wines.  Vast selection of whiskeys--Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadianand vodka, gin, tequila, cognac, brandy, and surprisingly, Rum. Excellent Beer selection.  Full-service cheese counter / paté / olives / cornichons / smoked salmon / caviar / proscuito / salametti / baguettes / picnic foods.  Chocolates and candies.  Wine Tastings / Wine Bar / In-house bistro / #    www.RumRunnerTucson.com  </buy>
*<buy name="Bookman's Entertainment Exchange" alt="" address="6230 E Speedway Blvd" directions="other branches at 3733 W Ina Rd; 1930 E Grant Rd" phone="520-748-9555 (Speedway location)" url="http://bookmans.com/" hours="9am-10pm daily" price="" lat="" long="">Practically a Tucson institution, the original branch opened on Speedway over 30 years ago. Besides used books, they also have used CDs, DVDs, video games, etc.</buy>
 
*<buy name="Tanque Verde Swap Meet" alt="" address="4100 S Palo Verde Rd" directions="" phone="520-294-4252" url="http://www.tanqueverdeswapmeet.com/" hours="Fr 3pm-11pm, Sa 7am-11pm, Su 7am-3pm" price="" lat="" long="">A great place to find all sorts of oddities.</buy>
 
 
 
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
 
As you can guess, Tucson is a veritable hub of Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. But Tucson is an adventurous town (easily the most liberal metropolitan area in Arizona) and as a result of its diversity, has a vibrant culinary culture.
 
As you can guess, Tucson is a veritable hub of Southwestern and Mexican cuisine. But Tucson is an adventurous town (easily the most liberal metropolitan area in Arizona) and as a result of its diversity, has a vibrant culinary culture.
 
Tucson Food Tours- a walking culinary tour of Downtown Tucson, where you will sample some of the best food in Tucson from at least 6 different restaurants.
 
Please visit website for more information or to register for a tour.  www.foodtourstucson.com (520)477-7986
 
  
 
===Budget===
 
===Budget===
 
* '''Bison Witches''',  [http://www.bisonwitches.com], 326 N 4th Ave. Bison Witches...say it fast and it sounds like 'buy sandwiches' which I often do! Bison Witches features tons of different sammies that are *huge* and will fill you up. Bread bowl soups are another popular choice at this deli/bar and is a college student's dream of a chill place to hang out and get in on some great drink specials! Thursdays is a great night for hanging out here. 7.50 for a HUGE sammie.
 
* '''Bison Witches''',  [http://www.bisonwitches.com], 326 N 4th Ave. Bison Witches...say it fast and it sounds like 'buy sandwiches' which I often do! Bison Witches features tons of different sammies that are *huge* and will fill you up. Bread bowl soups are another popular choice at this deli/bar and is a college student's dream of a chill place to hang out and get in on some great drink specials! Thursdays is a great night for hanging out here. 7.50 for a HUGE sammie.
 
 
*'''East Coast Super Subs''', 187 N Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 882-4005. For the best subs on the west coast, go to East Coast.  An absolute must-eat for the cheesesteak connoisseur.  Just as famous as the dozens of legendary subs is the memorabilia collection rivaled by none.  Open from 11-8 everyday.  Winner Best Wings in Tucson 2009.
 
*'''East Coast Super Subs''', 187 N Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719 (520) 882-4005. For the best subs on the west coast, go to East Coast.  An absolute must-eat for the cheesesteak connoisseur.  Just as famous as the dozens of legendary subs is the memorabilia collection rivaled by none.  Open from 11-8 everyday.  Winner Best Wings in Tucson 2009.
 
 
*'''El Molinito''', 3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741 (520) 744-1188. A Local Favorite! Great Mexican food at a great price.  Has been in Tucson for at least 20 years and has great service!  Known for their amazing frozen margaritas.  Try their beans and ''carne asada'' tacos on a soft flour tortilla!
 
*'''El Molinito''', 3675 W Ina Rd, Tucson, AZ 85741 (520) 744-1188. A Local Favorite! Great Mexican food at a great price.  Has been in Tucson for at least 20 years and has great service!  Known for their amazing frozen margaritas.  Try their beans and ''carne asada'' tacos on a soft flour tortilla!
 
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*'''Epic Cafe''', 4th Avenue at University. An eclectic coffee house with outdoor tables, free WiFi, good organic food, intricately tattooed wait staff, and an independent vibe. Bulletin boards to see what is going on in town. Coffee $1-$3; soups, pastries, and sandwiches $3-$8.  
*'''Epic Cafe''', 4th Avenue at University. An eclectic coffee house with outdoor tables, free WiFi, good organic food, intricately tattooed wait staff, and an independent vibe. Bulletin boards to see what is going on in town. Coffee $1-$3; soups, pastries, and sandwiches $3-$8.
 
 
 
 
*'''Pat's Chili Dogs''', Mission Road between St. Mary's Road and Speedway. An old time "drive in" (carhop service however does not exist--you must walk up to the order window). Lunchtime is packed with Tucsonans ordering the most famous Chili and Cheese Dogs in the State (I drive from Phoenix occasionally just to eat them!). French fries made from fresh potatoes on site. Lots of hot sauce. Arriba!
 
*'''Pat's Chili Dogs''', Mission Road between St. Mary's Road and Speedway. An old time "drive in" (carhop service however does not exist--you must walk up to the order window). Lunchtime is packed with Tucsonans ordering the most famous Chili and Cheese Dogs in the State (I drive from Phoenix occasionally just to eat them!). French fries made from fresh potatoes on site. Lots of hot sauce. Arriba!
 
 
*'''Birreria Guadalajara''', Southeast corner of 22nd. Street and 4th. Avenue. A hole-in-the-wall Mexican diner frequented by the Hispanic workers and Gringos in the know. All the standard Mexican fare, but an unusual emphasis on ''caldos'' or soup. ''Birria'' is shredded beef in it's own broth--this place makes the best!
 
*'''Birreria Guadalajara''', Southeast corner of 22nd. Street and 4th. Avenue. A hole-in-the-wall Mexican diner frequented by the Hispanic workers and Gringos in the know. All the standard Mexican fare, but an unusual emphasis on ''caldos'' or soup. ''Birria'' is shredded beef in it's own broth--this place makes the best!
 
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*'''Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Food''', 2745 N Campbell Avenue, Tel. (520) 320-1574. Local, homemade Japanese food. Recently opened a sushi bar within the same building. Great romantic location and a separate vegetarian menu.  
*'''Yoshimatsu Healthy Japanese Food''', 2745 N Campbell Avenue, Tel. (520) 320-1574. Local, homemade Japanese food. Recently opened a sushi bar within the same building. Great romantic location and a separate vegetarian menu.
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*'''Beyond Bread''' , 3026 N. Campbell Ave., Tel. (520) 322-9965, [http://www.beyondbread.com/].  Amazing sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, made from ingredients that are as fresh as possible. (In addition to baking bread daily, the restaurant also roasts its turkey and beef on site.)  They also have an espresso bar and pastries.  A nice place for lunch, but watch out--it's very popular, and you may have to wait in line. Average sandwich (hot & cold) costs around $6-6.50, chips included.  
 
 
*'''Beyond Bread''' , 3026 N. Campbell Ave., Tel. (520) 322-9965, [http://www.beyondbread.com/].  Amazing sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, made from ingredients that are as fresh as possible. (In addition to baking bread daily, the restaurant also roasts its turkey and beef on site.)  They also have an espresso bar and pastries.  A nice place for lunch, but watch out--it's very popular, and you may have to wait in line. Average sandwich (hot & cold) costs around $6-6.50, chips included.
 
 
 
 
*'''Buddy's Grill''', 7385 S Houghton Rd, Tel. (520) 881-2226. Buddy's Grill dishes up American meals dominated by seafood and steaks. Expect the average entrée to cost roughly $8 to $12.  
 
*'''Buddy's Grill''', 7385 S Houghton Rd, Tel. (520) 881-2226. Buddy's Grill dishes up American meals dominated by seafood and steaks. Expect the average entrée to cost roughly $8 to $12.  
 
 
*'''Home Town Buffet''', 5101 North Oracle Road, Tel. (520) 888-1060. You'll find that Home Town Buffet focuses on American food. Expect the average entrée to cost in the range of $8 to $12.
 
*'''Home Town Buffet''', 5101 North Oracle Road, Tel. (520) 888-1060. You'll find that Home Town Buffet focuses on American food. Expect the average entrée to cost in the range of $8 to $12.
 
 
*'''Eegee's''', [http://www.eegees.com/]. A favorite sub shop of the locals, noted for its flavored ices.  There are several locations, but the chain is exclusive to the Tucson area.   
 
*'''Eegee's''', [http://www.eegees.com/]. A favorite sub shop of the locals, noted for its flavored ices.  There are several locations, but the chain is exclusive to the Tucson area.   
 
 
*'''Char Thai''', 5039 E 5th St, Tel. (520) 795-1715. It's not always easy to find good Asian restaurants in the desert, but this hole in the wall has to be near the top of anyone's list of favorites. Owned and operated by former residents of Bangkok, the restaurant has a huge selection of tasty curries and noodle dishes. The lunch specials are a great value.
 
*'''Char Thai''', 5039 E 5th St, Tel. (520) 795-1715. It's not always easy to find good Asian restaurants in the desert, but this hole in the wall has to be near the top of anyone's list of favorites. Owned and operated by former residents of Bangkok, the restaurant has a huge selection of tasty curries and noodle dishes. The lunch specials are a great value.
 
 
*'''Viva Burrito Co''', A local fast food chain known for its large, tasty breakfast burritos at a cheap price ($2.10). Open 24hrs.
 
*'''Viva Burrito Co''', A local fast food chain known for its large, tasty breakfast burritos at a cheap price ($2.10). Open 24hrs.
 
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*'''El Güero Canelo''',  5201 S. 12th Ave.  12th Ave. south of Irvington.  Tasty food, their hot dogs wrapped in bacon, but especially their ''carne asada''. They have some of the best ''carne asada'' in the Southwest!
*'''El Güero Canelo''',  5201 S. 12th Ave.  12th Ave. south of Irvington.  Tasty food, their Sonoran dogs (hot dogs wrapped in bacon), but especially their ''carne asada''. They have some of the best ''carne asada'' in the Southwest!
 
 
 
*<eat name="Rigo's Restaurant" alt="" address="2527 S 4th Ave" directions="South Tucson" phone="520-882-9323 " url="http://rigosrestaurant.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Mexican food with breakfast, lunch, and dinner buffets, as well as menus. Known for their carne asada and margaritas. Mariachi bands on Friday nights.</eat>
 
 
 
*<eat name="Guillermo's Double L Restaurant" alt="" address="1830 S 4th Ave" directions="South Tucson" phone="520-792-1585 " url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Solid Mexican food, with good atmosphere and prices.</eat>
 
 
 
*<eat name="La Indita Restaurant Mexicano" alt="" address="622 N 4th Ave" directions="" phone="520-792-0523 " url="http://www.lainditarestaurant.com/" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Wonderful food and ambiance, a real gem. Also offers Native American dishes and many vegetarian options.</eat>
 
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
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*'''The B-Line''', 621 N. 4th Avenue, Tel. (520) 882-7575.  A small but ''very'' popular cafe nearby the University of Arizona.  You can't go wrong with nearly anything served here.  Excellent pies and cakes that average $6 a slice - which are an '''absolute''' must if you come by.  Several import and domestic microbrewery beers and wines are offered, and they also sell Mexican Coca-Cola too.  Entrees average about $10 a plate for a main dish for either lunch or breakfast. [http://blinerestaurant.com/]
 
*'''The B-Line''', 621 N. 4th Avenue, Tel. (520) 882-7575.  A small but ''very'' popular cafe nearby the University of Arizona.  You can't go wrong with nearly anything served here.  Excellent pies and cakes that average $6 a slice - which are an '''absolute''' must if you come by.  Several import and domestic microbrewery beers and wines are offered, and they also sell Mexican Coca-Cola too.  Entrees average about $10 a plate for a main dish for either lunch or breakfast. [http://blinerestaurant.com/]
  
*'''Guadalajara Grill''' 1220 E Prince Road, and 750 E Kolb Road Tel (520) 323-1022  A popular, fun and entertaining Mexican restaurant featuring live Mariachis 7 nights per week, fresh salsa made table-side, and homemade tortillas. A great place to go with friends to enjoy the lively and homey atmosphere.  The restaurant is running a culinary tour of Mexico, and features dishes from different states of Mexico each month that are fun to try.  Dinner time includes roaming Mariachi singers.[http://www.ggrill.com.com/]
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*'''Guadalajara Grill'' 1220 E Prince Road, and 750 E Kolb Road Tel (520) 323-1022  A popular, fun and entertaining Mexican restaurant featuring live Mariachis 7 nights per week, fresh salsa made table-side, and homemade tortillas. A great place to go with friends to enjoy the lively and homey atmosphere.  The restaurant is running a culinary tour of Mexico, and features dishes from different states of Mexico each month that are fun to try.  Dinner time includes roaming Mariachi singers.
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[http://www.ggrill.com.com/]
  
 
===Splurge===
 
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===Budget===
 
===Budget===
*'''Roadrunner Hostel & Inn''', 346 East 12th Street, ''+1 520'' 628-4709, cell ''+1 520'' 940-7280, [http://www.roadrunnerhostelinn.com].'''Downtown''' superb location. Dorms are $22 per night Co-ed possible. Private rooms are $45 per night. Pay 6th nights at check in & '''7th Free''', People keep coming back! '''roadrunner is family''' Pet/Gay friendly. Free waffle breakfast!
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*'''Congress Hotel''', 311 E. Congress St., Tel. (520) 622-8848, [http://www.hotelcongress.com]. This historic hotel was the site of John Dillinger's arrest [http://www.hotcong.com/hotel/history.php]. The rooms are small, but have a funky, historic feel. In addition to regular rooms, you'll find a youth hostel -- but beware, the hostel rooms are over the dance floor.
  
*'''Congress Hotel''', 311 E. Congress St., Tel. (520) 622-8848, [http://www.hotelcongress.com]. This historic hotel was the site of John Dillinger's arrest. The rooms are small, but have a funky, historic feel. In addition to regular rooms, you'll find rooms above the bar and dance floor, earplugs are supplied for free!
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*'''Econo Lodge''', 1136 N. Stone Ave., Tel. (520) 622-6714, [http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-tucson-arizona-AZ199]. Pet-friendly hotel located near the University of Arizona.
  
*'''Econo Lodge''', 1136 N. Stone Ave., Tel. (520) 622-6714, [http://www.econolodge.com/hotel-tucson-arizona-AZ199]. Pet-friendly hotel located near the University of Arizona.
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*'''Roadrunner Hostel & Inn''', 346 East 12th Street, ''+1 520'' 628-4709, cell ''+1 520'' 940-7280, [http://www.roadrunnerhostelinn.com]. Beds are $20 per night. Private rooms are $38 per night.
  
 
*'''Rodeway Inn''', 1248 North Stone Ave., Tel. (520) 622-6446, [http://www.rodewayinn.com/hotel-tucson-arizona-AZ295]. 39 comfortable rooms to help you get off of the road and get some rest.
 
*'''Rodeway Inn''', 1248 North Stone Ave., Tel. (520) 622-6446, [http://www.rodewayinn.com/hotel-tucson-arizona-AZ295]. 39 comfortable rooms to help you get off of the road and get some rest.
  
Some motels located on West Miracle Mile Rd and south of 3000th block of North Oracle Rd tend to be cheaper, run-down motels that involve the shady types. Although good deals can be found you probably wouldn't want to take your family to any one of these. This area is a legacy of the pre-freeway auto courts, 1937 to 1965, [http://weeklywire.com/ww/10-13-97/tw_feat.html], called Miracle Mile [http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/portillo/145661]. A number of the old hotels remain, mostly run by Indian owners, compete on price and upkeep. With the city fighting crime, mostly prostitution, aggressively in the area, widening and landscaping Oracle Rd, even removing one of the few traffic circles in Tucson, now only a unsavory reputation remains as the area tries to pull itself out of decline. If you need a room for $30 this is the place to start looking.
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Some motels located on West Miracle Mile Rd and south of 3000th block of North Oracle Rd tend to be cheaper, run-down motels that involve the shady types. Although good deals can be found you probably wouldn't want to take your family to any one of these. This area is a legacy of the pre-freeway auto courts, 1937 to 1965, [http://weeklywire.com/ww/10-13-97/tw_feat.html], called Miracle Mile [http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/portillo/145661]. A number of the old hotels remain, mostly run by Indian owners, compete on price and upkeep. With the city fighting crime, mostly prostitution, aggressively in the area, widening and landscaping Oracle Rd, even removing one of the few traffic circles in Tucson, now only a unsavory reputation remains as the area tries to pull itself out of decline. If you need a room for $25 this is the place to start looking.
  
 
===Mid-range===
 
===Mid-range===
 
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*'''Hyatt Place Tucson/Airport''', 6885 S. Tucson Blvd., Tel. (520) 295-0405, [http://www.amerisuites.com/reservations/locationdetail.asp?facid=4071]. Located 0.5 miles south of the Tucson International Airport and minutes from the Desert Diamond Casino.   
*'''TownePlace Suites Tucson Williams Centre''', 384 South Williams Boulevard , Tel. 1-520-747-0720, [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tuswc-towneplace-suites-tucson-williams-centre/]. This extended stay hotel is located minutes from the shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Park Place Mall and local businesses such as Texas Instruments, American Board of Radiology and Sunquest.
 
 
 
*'''Residence Inn Tucson Airport''', 2660 East Medina Road., Tel. 1-520-294-5522, [http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusap-residence-inn-tucson-airport/]. This all-suite hotel is near Tucson Airport is minutes from downtown Tucson, the University of Arizona and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Key facilities for Arizona Border Patrol, Flight Safety, and Tucson Electric Power
 
 
 
*'''Hyatt Place Tucson/Airport''', 6885 S. Tucson Blvd., Tel. (520) 295-0405, [http://tucsonairport.place.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html]. Located 0.5 miles south of the Tucson International Airport and minutes from the Desert Diamond Casino.   
 
  
 
*'''Comfort Suites Sabino Canyon''', 7007 E. Tanque Verde, ''520-298-2300'' [http://www.tucsoncs.com/]. Newly renovated and centrally located.
 
*'''Comfort Suites Sabino Canyon''', 7007 E. Tanque Verde, ''520-298-2300'' [http://www.tucsoncs.com/]. Newly renovated and centrally located.
  
* <sleep name="Courtyard Tucson Airport" alt="" address="2505 East Executive Drive" directions="" phone="5205730000" url="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/tusca-courtyard-tucson-airport/" checkin="" checkout="" price="$109-$189" lat="" long="" email="" fax=""></sleep>
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* <sleep name="Courtyard Tucson Airport" alt="" address="2505 East Executive Drive" directions="" phone="5205730000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.marriott.com/tusca" checkin="" checkout="" price="$109-$189"></sleep>
  
 
* <sleep name="Courtyard Tucson Williams Centre" alt="" address="201 South Williams Blvd" directions="" phone="5207456000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.marriott.com/tusce" checkin="" checkout="" price="$109-$149"></sleep>
 
* <sleep name="Courtyard Tucson Williams Centre" alt="" address="201 South Williams Blvd" directions="" phone="5207456000" email="" fax="" url="http://www.marriott.com/tusce" checkin="" checkout="" price="$109-$149"></sleep>
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*<sleep name="Palo Verde Inn &amp; Suites" alt="Newly renovated eco-friendly, independent airport hotel in Tucson, Arizona." address="5251 S. Julian Dr., Tucson, AZ 85706" directions="" phone="(520) 294-5250" url="http://www.paloverdeinn.com/" checkin="3PM" checkout="12PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="(520) 889-1982">Newly renovated eco-friendly, independent hotel. 5 minutes from airport. Guest Rooms, corporate suites, and extended-stay available. Rates: $49+ (summer), $79+ (winter).</sleep>  
 
*<sleep name="Palo Verde Inn &amp; Suites" alt="Newly renovated eco-friendly, independent airport hotel in Tucson, Arizona." address="5251 S. Julian Dr., Tucson, AZ 85706" directions="" phone="(520) 294-5250" url="http://www.paloverdeinn.com/" checkin="3PM" checkout="12PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="[email protected]" fax="(520) 889-1982">Newly renovated eco-friendly, independent hotel. 5 minutes from airport. Guest Rooms, corporate suites, and extended-stay available. Rates: $49+ (summer), $79+ (winter).</sleep>  
 
*<sleep name="Ramada Foothills Inn and Suites" alt="" address="1606 E Tanque Verde Rd, Tucson, AZ 85715" directions="" phone="520-886-9595" url="http://www.ramadafoothillstucson.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Close to Sabino Canyon, Mt Lemmon, and Saguaro East. Complimentary deluxe hot breakfast, social hour, wi-fi, and local calls.  Lush tropical courtyard with heated pool and jacuzzi. </sleep>
 
  
 
*<sleep name="The Riverpark Inn" alt="" address="350 South Freeway, Tucson, AZ 85745-2707" directions="" phone="520-239-2300" url="http://www.theriverparkinn.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Near downtown, the Convention Center and close to the University of Arizona. Terrace Cafe on-site.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="The Riverpark Inn" alt="" address="350 South Freeway, Tucson, AZ 85745-2707" directions="" phone="520-239-2300" url="http://www.theriverparkinn.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Near downtown, the Convention Center and close to the University of Arizona. Terrace Cafe on-site.</sleep>
 
*<sleep name="Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites" alt="" address="5151 E. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85712" directions="" phone="520-323-6262" url="http://www.sheratontucson.com" checkin="3PM" checkout="12:00PM" price="" lat="" long="">Centrally located near Park Place Mall and minutes from the University of Arizona, recreation at Sabino Canyon and more. Full service Starbucks cafe on-site. Ideal venues for group events, weddings and meetings in Tucson, plus perks for meeting planners. Family friendly hotel offers swimming pool, fire pits and open restaurant and bar serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.</sleep>
 
  
 
*'''Starr Pass Golf Suites''', 3645 West Starr Pass Blvd ''+1''520-670-0500, [http://www.shellhospitality.com/hotels/starr_pass_golf_suites/index.html]. 80 spacious casitas and suites with spectacular desert views, many with fireplaces and balconies.  
 
*'''Starr Pass Golf Suites''', 3645 West Starr Pass Blvd ''+1''520-670-0500, [http://www.shellhospitality.com/hotels/starr_pass_golf_suites/index.html]. 80 spacious casitas and suites with spectacular desert views, many with fireplaces and balconies.  
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*'''Tanque Verde Ranch''', 14301 E Speedway, Tel: (520)296-6275, [http://www.tvgr.com/index.html]. Guests staying at the Tanque Verde Ranch have a choice of being pampered by daily massages or hitting the trail by horse or foot. Located on 640 beautiful, acres in the foothills of the Rincon mountains east of Tucson Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch offers Arizona horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks and much more, all included in your nightly rate. This Arizona dude ranch, founded in 1868 in the verdant Sonoran desert, offers an excellent Southwestern resort along with a historic Arizona dude ranch experience in a secluded, natural setting.
 
*'''Tanque Verde Ranch''', 14301 E Speedway, Tel: (520)296-6275, [http://www.tvgr.com/index.html]. Guests staying at the Tanque Verde Ranch have a choice of being pampered by daily massages or hitting the trail by horse or foot. Located on 640 beautiful, acres in the foothills of the Rincon mountains east of Tucson Arizona, the Tanque Verde Ranch offers Arizona horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks and much more, all included in your nightly rate. This Arizona dude ranch, founded in 1868 in the verdant Sonoran desert, offers an excellent Southwestern resort along with a historic Arizona dude ranch experience in a secluded, natural setting.
 
*'''Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa''', 5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval, Tel. (800)232-3969, [http://www.miravalresorts.com/].  Experience this groundbreaking Tucson Arizona luxury spa resort. Restore balance to your life with a destination spa vacation at this award winning Tucson luxury resort.  In 2004, Steve Case, co-founder of AOL, became the majority owner of Miraval. Through his own memorable experience at the resort, he saw the opportunity to grow Miraval into a global lifestyle brand, as well as forge partnerships with leading luxury brands such as Exclusive Resorts, Portico, Clarins, and more.
 
 
*'''The Wyndham Canoa Ranch Golf Resort, 5775 S Camino Del Sol, Tel. (520)382-0450, [http://www.canoaranchgolfresort.com/] The Wyndham Canoa Ranch Golf Resort in Tucson brings you a chance to play and relax in a truly stunning environment, with exceptional amenities and plush accommodations.
 
 
* <sleep name="
 
Omni Tucson National Resort" alt="" address="2727 W CLUB Dr Tucson, Arizona 85742" directions="" phone="(520) 297-2271" lat="" long="" tollfree="" email="" fax="" url="https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national" checkin="" checkout="" price=""></sleep>
 
  
 
===Camping===
 
===Camping===
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*'''Catalina State Park''', is about 10 miles north of downtown, just at the edge of the city buildup. [http://www.azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/index.html] These both are undiscovered gems, [http://rvtravel.com/publish/rvgilbertraycampground.shtml], used mostly by out of state snowbirds during the winter, worth looking at to put up adventuresome guests on a budget or those travelers with a desire to see the night sky only a few miles out of Tucson. If you are visiting in April, check out the Festival of the Sun: Tucson Solar Potluck and Renewable Energy Exhibition, 2008 was the 26th one. [http://www.citizensforsolar.org/FestivaloftheSun.doc] [http://www.southwest-solar.com/newsarticles/article.nhtml?uid=10002]
 
*'''Catalina State Park''', is about 10 miles north of downtown, just at the edge of the city buildup. [http://www.azstateparks.com/Parks/CATA/index.html] These both are undiscovered gems, [http://rvtravel.com/publish/rvgilbertraycampground.shtml], used mostly by out of state snowbirds during the winter, worth looking at to put up adventuresome guests on a budget or those travelers with a desire to see the night sky only a few miles out of Tucson. If you are visiting in April, check out the Festival of the Sun: Tucson Solar Potluck and Renewable Energy Exhibition, 2008 was the 26th one. [http://www.citizensforsolar.org/FestivaloftheSun.doc] [http://www.southwest-solar.com/newsarticles/article.nhtml?uid=10002]
 
*'''Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon''' , there are a number of campgrounds [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/campground-guide.shtml] on the mountain. Molina Basin [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/molino.shtml] is the first and only year round one. Prison camp [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/gordonh.shtml] is unusual as it displays the remnants, mostly rock walls from a Japanese-American interment camp from WW2 [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/gordonh_history.shtml]. Be sure to get a permit at the foot of the mountain, just before Molina Basin, about mile post 4, camping fees are in addition to travel permit, self-pay at entrance, camp guides at both these places, in first site. There is a pleasant hike between these two campgrounds, park all the way at the end of prison camp and walk downhill to Molina, the destruction from the Aspen fire is evident here as is all the new green growth.
 
*'''Santa Catalina Mountains and Mt. Lemmon''' , there are a number of campgrounds [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/campground-guide.shtml] on the mountain. Molina Basin [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/molino.shtml] is the first and only year round one. Prison camp [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/gordonh.shtml] is unusual as it displays the remnants, mostly rock walls from a Japanese-American interment camp from WW2 [http://www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/gordonh_history.shtml]. Be sure to get a permit at the foot of the mountain, just before Molina Basin, about mile post 4, camping fees are in addition to travel permit, self-pay at entrance, camp guides at both these places, in first site. There is a pleasant hike between these two campgrounds, park all the way at the end of prison camp and walk downhill to Molina, the destruction from the Aspen fire is evident here as is all the new green growth.
 
===RV Parks===
 
*'''Desert Pueblo Mobile Home & RV Park''', 1302 West Ajo Way, Tel. (520)889-9557  [http://www.desertpueblo.com]. Safe & secure mobile home park with 77 RV spots (no pull through, all back-in). Many amenities available on site including 2 pools, hot tub, clubhouses, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits, BBQ/picnic areas & more.
 
  
 
==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
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* Midtown (specifically the section along Alvernon Road between Grant and Ft. Lowell) and the South section of the city (in the general area between I-10, I-19, and Valencia) are not the safest places to be--but there are no real attractions in these areas anyway. Downtown is heavily occupied until 2AM when the bars close. If you are downtown after 2AM, be cautious. While murder rates are fairly low, they are violent and sometimes random. There is gang activity but for the most part it is directed against rival gangs. There are many homeless people downtown. The center city is heavily populated by the "young and restless", so it may seem a spooky to more conservative travelers due to the dirt and noise the youngsters create.
 
* Midtown (specifically the section along Alvernon Road between Grant and Ft. Lowell) and the South section of the city (in the general area between I-10, I-19, and Valencia) are not the safest places to be--but there are no real attractions in these areas anyway. Downtown is heavily occupied until 2AM when the bars close. If you are downtown after 2AM, be cautious. While murder rates are fairly low, they are violent and sometimes random. There is gang activity but for the most part it is directed against rival gangs. There are many homeless people downtown. The center city is heavily populated by the "young and restless", so it may seem a spooky to more conservative travelers due to the dirt and noise the youngsters create.
 
* Residents of Arizona are allowed to carry concealed firearms after completing training and a thorough background check.
 
  
 
* Unfortunately, Tucson has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the USA, and there are a few locations in the city you're more likely to have your car/truck stolen at than at any other place in the town (such as the Wal-Mart on 1650 West Valencia Road and the Park Place Mall).   
 
* Unfortunately, Tucson has one of the highest rates of vehicle theft in the USA, and there are a few locations in the city you're more likely to have your car/truck stolen at than at any other place in the town (such as the Wal-Mart on 1650 West Valencia Road and the Park Place Mall).   
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For all emergencies you may dial 911 from any cell (active or inactive cell phone) or land line phone free-of-charge.  If using a cell phone be sure to inform the operator of your exact location, as it takes extra time for the operator to attempt to triangulate your location--time is of the essence in emergency situations. When calling 911 for assistance be as calm as possible, and do not panic or use profanity over the phone, as the operator on the phone might consider the call as a prank.
 
For all emergencies you may dial 911 from any cell (active or inactive cell phone) or land line phone free-of-charge.  If using a cell phone be sure to inform the operator of your exact location, as it takes extra time for the operator to attempt to triangulate your location--time is of the essence in emergency situations. When calling 911 for assistance be as calm as possible, and do not panic or use profanity over the phone, as the operator on the phone might consider the call as a prank.
  
For non-emergencies dial the police department at 520-791-4444 between 0800-2200 hrs (after 2200 hrs, you may dial 911 for all issues). If you find yourself in a non-emergency and don't have the number, simply call 911 and they'll transfer you
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For non-emergencies dial the police department at 520-791-4444 between 0800-2200 hrs (after 2200 hrs, you may dial 911 for all issues).
  
 
For visitor information about events and activities taking place in Tucson, check out the city of Tucson's on-line directory [http://www.tucsonaz.gov/visitors.html].
 
For visitor information about events and activities taking place in Tucson, check out the city of Tucson's on-line directory [http://www.tucsonaz.gov/visitors.html].
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==Cope==
 
==Cope==
  
There is not a foreign embassy in the state of Arizona; however, Tucson does has one active foreign '''consulate'''.  The metropolis of Phoenix has several other foreign consulates in the event your home nation's consulate is not available in Tucson.
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The following foreign consulates are located in Tucson:
  
Remember, a consulate is ''not'' an embassy.  An embassy is is headed by an ambassador, and respected of its sovereignty on the host nation's land.  A consulate typically does not have the same privilege of sovereignty, and is headed by a consul member.  Consulates are in essence "junior embassies" meant for visa, passport, and minor tourist / expat issues only - not facilities whereby full diplomatic services of the parent nation are provided or available to its citizens abroad.
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[[Image:ca-flag.png|20px]] '''Canadian Consulate''', 1840 East River Road Suite 200, phone (520) 622-3641
 
   
 
   
* [[Image:mx-flag.png|20px]] '''Consulate General of Mexico''', 3915 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711, phone (520) 882-5595
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[[Image:mx-flag.png|20px]] '''Mexican Consulate''', 553 South Stone Ave, phone (520) 882-5596
  
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The following are honorary consulates in Tucson.  Be aware, honorary consulates typically represent the business interests of a nation, and do not provide legal or citizen support (such as passport support) to it's citizens.
  
For immigrants who are seeking political asylum out of fear of persecution from their home nation, they should contact Asylum Program of Arizona for support, at 710 E. Speedway Blvd, phone (520) 623-4555
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[[Image:cs-flag.png|20px]] '''Costa Rican Honorary Consul''', 3567 East Sunrise Drive Suite 235, phone (520) 529-7068
 
 
 
 
The following are '''honorary consulates''' in Tucson.  Be aware, honorary consulates typically represent only the economic interests of a foreign nation, and '''will not''' provide any legal or citizen support (such as passport or legal support) to it's represented citizens abroad.
 
 
 
* [[Image:cs-flag.png|20px]] '''Costa Rican Honorary Consul''', 3567 East Sunrise Drive Suite 235, phone (520) 577-5559
 
* [[File:Flag of Ukraine.svg|20px]] '''Ukrainian Honorary Consul''', 8060 E. Corte de la Familia, phone (520) 404-1948
 
* [[File:Flag of Macedonia.svg|20px]] '''Macedonian Honorary Consul''', 4640 E. Sunrise Drive, Suite 217, phone (520) 232-9840
 
* [[File:Flag of South Korea.svg|20px]] '''South Korean Honorary Consul''', 5047 E. South Regency Circle, phone (520) 780-7766
 
  
 
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*[[Tombstone]]. Visit the famous old west boom town to see "haunted" theaters, graves of famous outlaws, and reenactments of the famous O.K. Corral shootout. For more serious Old West history, be sure to visit the Cochise County Courthouse museum. A must for any trip to southern Arizona.
 
*[[Tombstone]]. Visit the famous old west boom town to see "haunted" theaters, graves of famous outlaws, and reenactments of the famous O.K. Corral shootout. For more serious Old West history, be sure to visit the Cochise County Courthouse museum. A must for any trip to southern Arizona.
 
*'''Biosphere II''', Earth's largest fully enclosed and sealed terrarium, covering over three acres. Located in nearby [[Oracle]].
 
  
 
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