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What to do in Tucson?

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  1. donrichfan

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    Wondering if anyone can recommend some cool stuff in Tucson. Could be music-related, killer Mexican food, local breweries, hikes-really anything.
    My wife and I are driving out to Joshua tree in a couple of weeks and we’re making a stop in Tucson for a few nights to kick around a bit. The saguaro national park is on the list, and maybe Mt Lemmon, but I’m open for any additional cool stuff.
    Thanks.
     
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    It's been ten years since I've been there, but there was a cool music store right in downtown Tucson that was packed to the gills with equipment...looked like a rummage sale almost, and many things did not even have price tags. I want to say it was called "Chicago" Music...believe it or not.
     
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    University and 4th street is fun.

    Seis Kitchen for tacos

    +1 on Davis Monthan

    Ramble in the desert on the east side or west side. Especially Saguaro East National park

    Drive up Mt. Lemon

    Day trip to Bizbee
     
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    The plane museum is across the road from the boneyards. It's pretty awesome.

    But the main draw for me is tacos. This place in particular.

    https://www.seiskitchen.com/

    EDIT: haha @Engine Swap beat me to it.
     
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    I always try to get a round in at Starr Pass golf course.

    They always took us to a little "dive" Mexican restaurant just outside DM AFB, but I can't remember the name.
     
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    "Little dive Mexican restaurant just outside of....."

    HAHA that really narrows it down in Southern AZ. It would be one thing if they were mediocre. But it seems like they're all amazing. Just pick one and pull off the highway.
     
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    What to do in Tucson? Leave
     
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    The Chicago music store. I went there 20 years ago and it was the coolest music store I had ever been. The story I was told at the time was it went through a fire and shut down for over a decade but it had a full inventory of gear and eventually reopened and was loaded to the file with vintage gear. I don’t know that’s true 100% or not but I do know when I went it had more vintage gear than I’d ever seen in one place, it was huge and had 2 levels, the 2nd being off limits to the public. My drummer convinced their drum tech to let us rummage around up there for some specific items he was looking for and it was insane. Piles of old instruments everywhere, nice guitars going to crap, a pile of tubas filling an entire room, just absolutely bonkers. That totally brought back a great memory of a great day, thanks!
    Enjoy Tucson
     
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    Probably was El Molinito! Near Craycroft and 22nd, I think. Red Chili Burrito (no beans), just chunks of Meat and Cheese. Yum! Chips are Good!
     
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    Haha! This is the best suggestion so far, thanks!
     
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    This place looks like it'd warrant a trip, for sure.
     
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    Go check out Wa:k, San Xavier Mission. I think on Sundays they have an open market with food stands, but you know it's all been different for the past year.
     
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    Bisbee and San Javier both worth a visit.
     
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    Cool to see the A-10s overhead when hiking in the desert.
     
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    Well I was going to suggest Old Tuscon but it seems they are closed due to Covid. This is where a lot of the old western movies were filmed. I thought it was pretty cool.
     
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    I've never been to Bisbee, but my Tucson friends are originally from there and it sounds like a place I'd love. Dad was also at Fort Huachuca briefly post-Nam, and he always compares it favorably to small towns we like here in New Mexico. Might be too far if OP's trying to get to Joshua Tree, but it's on our list for sure.
     
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    Gas up and head for Needles. :twisted:
     
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    Well, if you are driving in on I-10, the Titan Missle Museum is worth a stop.
    https://titanmissilemuseum.org/
    It is associated with the Pima Aircraft Museum noted above,
    https://pimaair.org/
    but is in Green Valley, not very far off the freeway. It is the world’s only missile silo that is a museum, and has an actual Titian II in the silo (never been fueled). That is an interesting 2 or so hours, if just for a slice of Cold War history.

    The aircraft museum is physically quite large and has a lot of aircraft. Not so much of explanation as maybe other museums. It is worth a visit if aviation interests you. And they provide tours of the boneyard itself. That can be interesting.

    We were at Mt. Lemon this summer, and the top part was closed. Can’t hike around the observatory. There was a big fire and the concern is excess erosion. But even if you cannot get to the top, it is a nice drive and has some really stunning overlooks at sunset. And some fun (though a bit challenging to some) hikes.

    Sonoran Desert Museum is a place to go if various flora and fauna interest you. http://desertmuseum.org/

    Tucson has a number of good restaurants, but Yelp is your guide there.

    Chicago Music Store is still in Tucson, but I’ve never been. https://chicagomusicstore.com/instruments-gear/

    I have been to Rainbow Music, and that was cool, but I’m not sure they have any in person sales at the moment. https://www.rainbowguitars.com/

    I’ve been to The Folk Shop a couple of times, and it is always fun and has reasonable priced traditional instruments. https://www.thefolkshop.com/

    There is a bunch of stuff in Tucson that has been closed. The old mission (San Xaiver Del Bac Mission) is open for services only, no tours and the museum is closed. Old Tucson was taken over by the county, so those old movies sets are no longer an active attraction, as it has not re-opened since the takeover.
     
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    some peculiar anti-Tucson sentiment in this thread, don't really get it, I get down there once a year or so & have a blast. the day hikes are some of my favorites, especially heading up into the Catalinas & the Saguaro Park east & west. Madera Canyon is a birding Mecca this time of year & a really beautiful place. BK taco has the best carne asada tacos in town (fight me!) and El Guero Canelo has the best Sonoran hot dogs. the boneyard at Davis-monthan is a sight worth seeing, too, and the bars around 4th ave & downtown can be fun -- La Cucina for outdoor live music. see you there if I can get the shot!
     
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