Two Days of Air, Space and Science



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Thanks to a large research university, a U.S. Air Force base, clear and dark skies, deep veins of copper and a long rich history, science, military and history buffs could spend at least a couple of days exploring the area.

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Day 1 - Tucson, Sahuarita


Start your day early at the Kitt Peak National Observatory southwest of Tucson. The observatory has daily tours and a nightly viewing program that requires reservations, sometimes weeks in advance. From Kitt Peak head back toward Tucson. Turn south on Interstate 19. Your next stop is the Misson San Xavier del Bac. Then head further south down Interstate 19 a few miles to the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center to learn about mining and its history and environmental consequences. From there, get on I-19 again heading south to the Titan Missile Museum, and tour the only Titan II missile site in the U.S. Then head back to Tucson for dinner at Feast. This small restaurant has a wine bar and some of the best food in Tucson. Spend the night at the nearby and completely charming Lodge on the Desert.


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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Location:

1950 W. San Xavier Rd
Tucson, AZ 85746

Contact:

tel: 520 294 2624
fax: +1 520 294 3438
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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

Location:

1421 West Pima Mine Road
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Contact:

tel: 520 625 7513
fax: 520- 625 4756
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Titan Missile Museum

Location:

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd
Sahuarita (Exit 69 off I-19)
Sahuarita, AZ 85629

Contact:

tel: 520 625 7736
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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Location:

Highway 86 and Junction 386
(12 miles from this point, atop Kitt Peak)
Tucson, AZ 86534

Contact:

tel: 520 318 8726
fax: +1 520 318 8451
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Feast

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Location:

4122 East Speedway
Midtown
Tucson, AZ 85712

Contact:

tel: 520 326 6500 / 520 326 9363 / 520 326 8383
fax: 520 326 9245
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Lodge On The Desert

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Location:

306 North Alvernon Way
Broadway and 5th Avenue
85711 Tucson, US

Contact:

tel: +1 520 325 3366 / +1 800 456 5634
fax: +1 520 327 5834
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Day 2 - Tucson


There's a lot less driving on Day Two. Head toward the University of Arizona and the Arizona State Museum in the morning. From the museum it's an easy walk across campus to the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. For lunch head to the Nimbus Brewing Company for a microbrew and a burger. Then head to the Environmental Research Lab run by the University of Arizona. End the day at the Pima Air and Space Museum, one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Have dinner at one of the most popular Mexican restaurants in Tucson, El Charro. The main restaurant, started in 1922, is Downtown, but there are a couple of branch locations between the air and space museum and the Lodge on the Desert. The look is more generic compared to the original location, but the food is just as good.


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Arizona State Museum

Location:

1013 E. University Blvd
(On the University of Arizona campus)
Tucson, AZ 85721

Contact:

tel: 520 621 6302
fax: 520- 621 2976
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Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

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Location:

1601 E. University Blvd
(East of Park Avenue on the University of Arizona campus)
Tucson, AZ 85719

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tel: (520) 621-STAR
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Nimbus Brewing Company

Location:

3850 East 44th Street
Tucson, AZ 85713-5472

Contact:

tel: 520 745 9175
fax: +1 520 584 0906
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Environmental Research Lab

Location:

2601 East Airport Drive
Tucson, AZ 85706

Contact:

tel: 520 626 3322
fax: 520- 573 0852
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Pima Air and Space Museum

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Location:

6000 E. Valencia Rd
Tucson, AZ 85706

Contact:

tel: 520 574 0462
fax: 520- 574 9238
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El Charro Cafe

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Location:

311 North Court Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

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tel: 520 622 1922
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