Visiting Tucson

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    Apr 03, 2013 4:06 PM GMT
    Staying at my sisters house in Green Valley for a week beginning this weekend. Will be by myself so looking for any good gyms, gay bars, sports bars, cool restaurants etc. I am a personal trainer so like physical activity type things.
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    Apr 03, 2013 5:21 PM GMT
    Be sure to hike (or mountain bike) Mt. Lemmon.
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:16 PM GMT


    Be sure to hike (or mountain bike) Mt. Lemmon

    Thanks
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    Apr 04, 2013 4:20 PM GMT
    Mt. Lemmon. is practically in my back yard lol
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    Arjuna saidMt. Lemmon. is practically in my back yard lol


    How far is that moutain from Green Valley?
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    71.0 miles away.
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    Apr 05, 2013 4:30 AM GMT
    Mt. Lemmon is in the Catalinas, the Northern mountain range that surrounds Tucson. The Rincon Mountains are on the E. Side and The Tucson Mountains on the W. Side.

    Green Valley is quite a bit south of Tucson and its perimeter. You'll probably have to combine a couple of activities in each visit to Tucson.

    Things to do:
    1. Sabino Canyon - hike several of the trails....Blackett's Ridge for steep but short hike 2-3 hrs; 7 Falls for a 13 miler round trip, etc. Enjoy Saguaro cacti everywhere
    2. Go up to Mt. Lemmon for cooler temps...10-20 degrees cooler than Tucson depending on time of year
    3. Visit the Desert Museum (it's a really neat outdoor zoo/museum..must do)
    4. Road bike UP Mt. Lemmon or over Gates Pass
    5. Fantasy Island for mountain biking

    Gyms (in Tucson):
    1. Various LA Fitness - 1st and Wetmore location is full of "family"icon_wink.gif
    2. Platinum Fitness locations are 24 hrs

    Food:
    1. Cafe Poca Cosa (downtown)

    Hope this helps
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    smrtmscle saidMt. Lemmon is in the Catalinas, the Northern mountain range that surrounds Tucson. The Rincon Mountains are on the E. Side and The Tucson Mountains on the W. Side.

    Green Valley is quite a bit south of Tucson and its perimeter. You'll probably have to combine a couple of activities in each visit to Tucson.

    Things to do:
    1. Sabino Canyon - hike several of the trails....Blackett's Ridge for steep but short hike 2-3 hrs; 7 Falls for a 13 miler round trip, etc. Enjoy Saguaro cacti everywhere
    2. Go up to Mt. Lemmon for cooler temps...10-20 degrees cooler than Tucson depending on time of year
    3. Visit the Desert Museum (it's a really neat outdoor zoo/museum..must do)
    4. Road bike UP Mt. Lemmon or over Gates Pass
    5. Fantasy Island for mountain biking

    Gyms (in Tucson):
    1. Various LA Fitness - 1st and Wetmore location is full of "family"icon_wink.gif
    2. Platinum Fitness locations are 24 hrs

    Food:
    1. Cafe Poca Cosa (downtown)

    Hope this helps


    It does help! Thank you so much for the information. This gives me a starting point and things to look into :-)
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    Apr 05, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    If it helps most of the good & local restaurants are downtown off of Congress, within ten miles. If you find a parking garage on Congress St; or circle left on 6th to Pennington St., you can park and walk around downtown. Cafe Poca Cosa is adjacent a parking garage, so you could have brunch or lunch there. I recommend a stroll down to Congress Hotel. You may have to pay a cover fee if there is a show on, but if you pick up an issue of Tucson Weekly, you'll find available around every street corner downtown, you'll find lists of shows, bars, and events going on. Not to mention a good read.
    Maynard's Market & Kitchen is another great place, if you don't mind casual fine dining. It was a place I applied to be a Sous Chef, before ending up in South Carolina. Woody's Restaurant and Gay bar, will probably opening up downtown on Congress, so you may see that if you decide to walk around. IBT's is a walk through the underpass, and less than mile away from Club Congress. You'll find one of my favorite places in the World, 4th Avenue. No shortage of bars, cafes, restaurants, college students; punks, hipsters, and gays there! Wander about, find something that appeals to you, and explore. It's a gem!
    My final recommendation will probably have to be in another direction altogether. Casino Del Sol! There is a Japanese Asian/Sushi/Bar called "AN Del Sol". I recommend it! Have a dragon roll, and saketini's! The bartenders are the best, and great when they're not pouring out drinks! There'll probably be a game on one of the several widescreen tv's. Hope you like sports! Take your sister with you, don't gamble your savings away, but here's a tip. The slot machines right outside the entry way to the restaurant aren't cash cows, but pay out more often than most.
    If you want to see the city skyline and get some exercise, climb Tumamoc Hill, off of St. Mary's, just behind St. Mary's Hospital! It's a progressively steeper inclination to the top, but a rewarding panoramic view, and great way to start your day, before going to enjoy yourself about town. Buy some bananas, protein bar, coconut water, or gatorade, at the Food City or Safeway or Circle K, down the road before your hike! You're gonna need it for your dry air hike.
    Hope you have fun, and take pictures! You'll be seeing Tucson through my eyes. Cheers! icon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 6:23 PM GMT
    7 Falls and Sabino canyon are awesome..........
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    Apr 05, 2013 10:59 PM GMT
    10K_JRbrophet saidIf it helps most of the good & local restaurants are downtown off of Congress, within ten miles. If you find a parking garage on Congress St; or circle left on 6th to Pennington St., you can park and walk around downtown. Cafe Poca Cosa is adjacent a parking garage, so you could have brunch or lunch there. I recommend a stroll down to Congress Hotel. You may have to pay a cover fee if there is a show on, but if you pick up an issue of Tucson Weekly, you'll find available around every street corner downtown, you'll find lists of shows, bars, and events going on. Not to mention a good read.
    Maynard's Market & Kitchen is another great place, if you don't mind casual fine dining. It was a place I applied to be a Sous Chef, before ending up in South Carolina. Woody's Restaurant and Gay bar, will probably opening up downtown on Congress, so you may see that if you decide to walk around. IBT's is a walk through the underpass, and less than mile away from Club Congress. You'll find one of my favorite places in the World, 4th Avenue. No shortage of bars, cafes, restaurants, college students; punks, hipsters, and gays there! Wander about, find something that appeals to you, and explore. It's a gem!
    My final recommendation will probably have to be in another direction altogether. Casino Del Sol! There is a Japanese Asian/Sushi/Bar called "AN Del Sol". I recommend it! Have a dragon roll, and saketini's! The bartenders are the best, and great when they're not pouring out drinks! There'll probably be a game on one of the several widescreen tv's. Hope you like sports! Take your sister with you, don't gamble your savings away, but here's a tip. The slot machines right outside the entry way to the restaurant aren't cash cows, but pay out more often than most.
    If you want to see the city skyline and get some exercise, climb Tumamoc Hill, off of St. Mary's, just behind St. Mary's Hospital! It's a progressively steeper inclination to the top, but a rewarding panoramic view, and great way to start your day, before going to enjoy yourself about town. Buy some bananas, protein bar, coconut water, or gatorade, at the Food City or Safeway or Circle K, down the road before your hike! You're gonna need it for your dry air hike.
    Hope you have fun, and take pictures! You'll be seeing Tucson through my eyes. Cheers! icon_wink.gificon_wink.gificon_wink.gif


    Wow that just answered the question in my head what to do in the Tucson area!! What a sweet heart you are! Thank you I wish you were here to explore all those wonderful places & activities with me. I will take pics!! :-)
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    Apr 05, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    billbos said7 Falls and Sabino canyon are awesome..........


    Ahh thanks bud! I will check those places out icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 05, 2013 11:02 PM GMT
    Septimeus said
    Wow that just answered the question in my head what to do in the Tucson area!! What a sweet heart you are! Thank you I wish you were here to explore all those wonderful places & activities with me. I will take pics!! :-)

    You're welcome! So much to be found. icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 06, 2013 10:27 AM GMT
    I visited Tucson way back in Jan 1990 - and a rare 4 inches of snow fell that night in downtown too where I was staying. I remember I made a half -day trip the next morning to the nice little town of Oracle, Arizona to the north. At that time Biosphere was operating - is it still a museum or did it close?