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Brooklyn to Tucson by cameragrrrl on 13 June 2007 4:57am
 
I am traveling to Tucson, AZ in late July for about a week. This is mostly a practical trip (helping a friend relocate to the U of A).

But I have never been to Arizona before, and planned to have some free time to travel around.

Any recs?

For example: I know this isn't exactly in Tucson, but we kinda wanted to drive over to the Grand Canyon (we'll be as close as we've ever been before! Why not?).

Aside from that, we're at a loss.
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by sighthound on 13 June 2007 5:05am
 
Don't miss the Grand Canyon! It will be a bit of a drive but you can stop by Sedona (red rocks and arty stuff), Jerome (great revitalized former ghost town, Arcosanti (Soleri's amazing new city in the desert), Montezuma's Castle (Anasazi ruins) and Taliesin West (a Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece)on the way!

I'm sure Mike will be able to give you lots of tips about the Tucson area. (Get him to send you to the really good Ethiopian restaurant we ate at.)
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by cameragrrrl on 13 June 2007 2:56pm
 
Wow, some great ideas already :)

Thanks, and keep em coming!
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by tucsonmike on 14 June 2007 6:49am
 
Well there are all sorts of things. I know you are a photographer. There are all sorts of places just in Tucson. Oh and the name of the Ethiopian restaurant is Zemans.

Do you know yet where you are staying?
Depending on what else you enjoy doing I can put you in touch with all sorts of people as well as acting as your guide myself.
Email me if you would like.
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by cameragrrrl on 14 June 2007 2:01pm
 
The flight is booked, the car rented! I am going to be in Tucson from the 23rd-28th (6 full days, since I arrive at 11pm on the 22nd, and my return flight leaves really late at night on the 28th).

I am staying at my friend's new apartment, not sure where it is, but it's about a mile south/east of the UA campus.

We need to spend at least 2 days running around and doing practical stuff like buying furniture and food to settle her in.

After that, we have the other 4 days to do whatever! We were thinking of making an overnight trek to the Grand Canyon for two of those days, but are open to other itineraries as well/instead.

Any good suggestions about where to furniture shop? Used is better, as she is on a budget. Any good Salvation Armies, Goodwills or the Arizona equivolent of Housing Works (or similar)?

Also, I hear an In & Out burger opened there recently! Very much looking forward to trying that hallowed Westcoast chain :)
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by tucsonmike on 14 June 2007 3:03pm
 
The flight is booked, the car rented! I am going to be in Tucson from the 23rd-28th (6 full days, since I arrive at 11pm on the 22nd, and my return flight leaves really late at night on the 28th).
<<Are you flying JetBlue?

I am staying at my friend's new apartment, not sure where it is, but it's about a mile south/east of the UA campus.
<<You will be not far from where we live, about a ten minute drive.


Any good suggestions about where to furniture shop? Used is better, as she is on a budget. Any good Salvation Armies, Goodwills or the Arizona equivolent of Housing Works (or similar)?
<<There is plenty of that stuff here. Tucson is so transient, because of the University and the Military, that there are people in and out all the time. My youngest sisters best friend lives here and works in a furniture place. We have Goodwill, Salvation Army etc. We can help with grocery shopping depending on what she wants. Will she have her own car here eventually?


Also, I hear an In & Out burger opened there recently! Very much looking forward to trying that hallowed Westcoast chain :)
<<Maybe by then the lines will have vanished! LOL! Looking forward to your visit.:-) We will help in any way we can.
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by cameragrrrl on 1 July 2007 5:02pm
 
Oops, kinda let this thread die a little. So, we have re-though our plans and probably WON'T get to go up to the Grand Canyon in the time we have, but still hope to make a day trip up to Sedona. So, Mike, feel free to throw ideas at us. And yes, I would love to email you further, if that's better than communicating via this board. How do I get your email address?
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by cameragrrrl on 1 July 2007 5:03pm
 
Oh yea, apparently there is a really good fondue place there as well (name?). Maybe we can all get together for some group cheese consumption?
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by sighthound on 1 July 2007 8:39pm
 
If you get to Sedona, try to make a side trip to the revitalized ghost town of Jerome (about 1/2 hour away.) The views from there of the valley, the red rocks of Sedona and the sacred mountains behind are absolutely breath-taking. (The best views are from the back porch of The Jewel of Jerome - especially during the nearly daily thunderstorms, sans water, in summer afternoons.) Lots of artist shops in Jerome that are not as pricy as in high-rent Sedona. (Artists can actually afford to live in funkier Jerome.) Good food at The Haunted Hamburger (and, yes, it is haunted.)

There are always good restaurants in Sedona but they're very trendy and come and go with great regularity. It's been 5 years since I worked there so my info is way out of date - best to ask locals for current recommendations. Tlaquepaque Village right in the middle of Sedona has an enormous selection of galleries and shops and is quite pleasant to walk around in. There are jeep tours available that go out into the red rocks (and in search of "vortexes", if you are so inclined.)

South of Sedona is Montezuma's Castle National Monument(which has nothing at all to do with Montezuma); it is one of the most easily accessible of the ancient cliff dwellings. You can't get inside the buildings anymore but there are good views. It's just off Hwy. 17. Montezuma's Well, 11 miles away, is also worth a look.

Also just off Hwy. 17 between Sedona and Phoenix is Arcosanti. Paolo Soleri's mad "city in the desert" is facinating if you're into architecture and alternative building techniques but the tours that get you into the place tend to be scheduled rather hap-hazardly and you can end up waiting for a long time. The Visitors' Center is interesting though and always open. It's filled with all the sand-cast bells that they sell to finance the place. Good cheap meals of local fresh food are available, too.
 
Re: Brooklyn to Tucson by tucsonmike on 2 July 2007 6:13am
 
Camergrrl, email is michael.charton@gmail.com
Let me come up with some ideas for you.
 



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