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Recommendations for Itinerary please

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Recommendations for Itinerary please

We are flying into Phoenix at the beginning of September for about 10 days.

We have been to the Grand Canyon a couple of times, Sedona and the surrounding area so this time we thought we would head south towards Tucson before spending the last couple of days in Phoenix/Scottsdale. Any recommendations for a scenic itinerary with suggestions of what to see in the area and where to stay would be welcome. We are not averse to staying in hotels but would like to try some b and bs which we hear are excellent, perhaps spending 2 or 3 nights at each. Not too much driving and no mountain/unmade roads.

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1. Re: Recommendations for Itinerary please

Check out my blog of things to see and do around Tucson. There is something for everyone and for every taste. Click on the blue links to explore.

http://mikepintucson.blogspot.com/

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Mike's blog is a good place to start for activities. I would say the one "don't miss" is the Arizona Sonoran desert Museum. While you're in the area the Saguaro National Park West will be very scenic.

B&B's are a great idea and that time of year you should be able to still get some very good rates. Check out the reviews here on TA.

Just be prepared for some very hot weather that time of year. If you do go to the Desert Museum, you'll want to go early in the morning when the animals are more active.

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Thank you, Mike. Very interesting blog. Lots to plan over the next few months! Looking forward to the trip already.

Regards

Malcolm Bryant

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Runs to Tombstone, Bisbee, Kartchner Cavern, Sonoita, Elgin, Patagonia, Nogales, San Xavier and the top of Mt. Lemmon are real treats as mentioned in Mike's blog.

One word of caution, though. Nogales, Sonora, Mexico, used to be a great place for shopping and dining. You could get across the border in no time. Now, it may take up to an hour or more. A friend who lives in Nogales, Arizona, says he rarely goes across the border anymore because of the long, long waits and hassle..

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Thank you for your response. Looking forward to doing a wine run around the Elgin area.

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Mike, great site, was helpful to us as we began to snowbird in Green Valley. The dates on your site suggested it was not current; it seems to be, but you might want to change the dates so none are misled.

Would you want to add the Whipple Observatory at Mt. Hopkins?

…harvard.edu/facilities/…visit_center.html

I'm glad to see your restaurant suggestions, there certainly is not much in GV.

BTW, to readers, my photo is of the White Dove of the Desert which Mike notes in his blog.

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> I'm glad to see your restaurant suggestions, there certainly is not much in GV.

No, there is not. Yet another reason to stay away from Green Valley as a tourist.

Thank you for pointing out the Whipple link though. They used to not have any public activities, with their road closed off at the base. With three observatories in the metro, it's getting more toward "which part of celestial observation are you interested in?" than "are you interested in celestial observation?"

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>>With three observatories in the metro, it's getting more toward "which part of celestial observation are you interested in?" than "are you interested in celestial observation?"<<

I spend a lot of time explaining why Tucson is so dark to hotel guests.

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