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Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012 3:10 pm | Updated: 9:25 am, Thu Nov 1, 2012.

Biosphere 2

Learn about Biosphere 1, the Earth, through interactive exhibits, displays and tours of the Biosphere 2.

Biosphere 2 is located at Highway 77 between Catalina and Oracle. For information, call (520) 838-6200, or visit the website at www.b2science.org.

Mount Lemmon

Find cooler weather while still in the desert. Mount Lemmon provides a break from the sand and cacti and even allows for some skiing during the winter.

Mount Lemmon is located at 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road. For information, call (520) 749-8700, or visit the website at www.mt-lemmon.com.

Picacho Peak State Park

Take in the beautiful landscape of this state park. It offers a variety of hiking trails that will be interesting enough for advanced hikers and easy paths that won’t leave beginners breathless.

Picacho State Park is located on Interstate 10, about 40 miles north of Tucson. For information, call (520) 466-3183, or visit the website atwww.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml.picacho.html

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. Within the museum grounds are more than 300 animal species and 1,200 plants. There are almost two miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

The Arizona Senora Desert Museum is located at 2021 N. Kinney Road, in Tucson. For information, call (520) 883-2702, or visit the website at www.desertmuseum.org.

Sabino Canyon

Experience the beauty of one of the most unique Southwestern desert canyons. Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.

Sabino Canyon is located 5900 N. Sabino Canyon Road. For information, call (520) 749-2861, or visit the website at www.sabinocanyon.com.

Old Tucson Studios

The famed Western movie studio lot where movie greats John Wayne, Gary Cooper and others walked.

Old Tucson Studios are located at 201 S. Kinney Road. For information, call (520) 883-0100, or visit the website at www.oldtucson.com.

DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

Since his death in 1982, the DeGrazia Foundation preserves the legendary landmark of art and architecture, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

DeGrazia is located at 6300 N. Swan Road. For information,call  (520) 299-9191.

Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum has several venues for Special Events. Indoors, the museum can accommodate groups from 20 to 700. Outdoor capacity is unlimited. The Museum’s facilities are ideally situated for special events with opportunities for guests to view a vast array of aircraft from all corners of the world. All events booked at the Museum are supported by a complete range of guest services, making it perfect for any group occasion. Our special events staff is ready to assist with any request, down to the smallest detail to make your event memorable. Flight Central Hangar boasts 20,000 square feet of event space.

Pima County’s Air and Space Museum is located at 6000 E. Valencia Rd. For information, call (520) 618-4850, or visit the website at www.pimair.org.

International Wildlife Museum

The museum boasts static displays of more than 400 animals, insects, birds and prehistoric mammals from around the world.

The museum is located at 4800 W. Gates Pass Road. For information, call (520) 629-0100, or visit the website at www.thewildlifemuseum.org.

Reid Park Zoo

The Reid Park Zoo features animals, birds and insects from around the world. It has more than 500 exhibits packed into 17 beautiful acres, with Reid Park being the only zoo in the Tucson region.

The zoo is located at 1100 S. Randolph Way. For information, call (520) 791-4022, or visit the website at www.tucsonzoo.org.

San Xavier del Bac Mission

Recently restored to its original glory, the mission has been called the “Sistine Chapel of North America.” An active Tohono O’odham Catholic parish, the church is open to viewing most days of the week.

San Xavier del Bac Mission is a bit of a drive for Northwest residents, being located at 1950 W. San Xavier Road. For information, call (520) 294-2624, or visit the website at www.sanxaviermission.org.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Stroll through 15 different gardens including butterfly, historic, wildflower, traditional and Mexican-American. More than 1,200 types of plants are displayed. Gift shop, nursery, daily tours offered.

The Gardens are located at 2150 N. Alvernon Way. For information, call (520) 326-9686, or visit the website at www.tucsonbotanical.org.

Arizona Historical Society

Next to the University of Arizona, the museum is the perfect introduction to the history of Arizona and Tucson.

The museum is located at 949 E. 2nd Street. For information, call 628-5774, or visit the website at www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org.

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