Downtown Tucson is a Zero
Nothing happening in the downtown area. A few big office towers--not much else that I could discern. Tucson was really just a small town until recently--then unparalled growth in terms of development and population. That has not left much of historical interest within the town. And the new growth downtown is hardly discernable from that of say an Omaha or Sacremento.
Everything against heat and sun!
No bags in hot summer except one for your camera, good (safe) pockets (or comfortable belt) instead. Small city rucksack for warm winter.
Light clothes (shorts, T-shirts, better too large :-) made of natural materials (cotton) for warm/hot days all year round.
Sweater/pullover and/or jacket for cold evenings/nights (from November till April).
Shoes? Oh, yes - you should have them :-). Sandals, trainers or good walking shoes.
Add sun glasses.
Check the 10-day forecast for Tucson:
The Weather Channel Good sun protection cosmetics with high UV filter - use them BEFORE or just after you leave your car. Be prepared for large contrasts between sun and shadow - sun filters recommended. Add hmm... how do you call it in English - something fixed to your camera objective to protect it against sun - not comfortable to carry but necessary, I suppose. Tourist frige with ice cubes and cold beverages inside :-).
Davis Monthan Air Force Base ...
Davis Monthan Air Force Base
Home of the Pima Air and Space Museum
The Arizona Aerospace Foundation, which also operates the Pima Air and Space and Titan Missile Museums, conducts weekday tours of AMARC. For more information, contact the Pima Air and Space Museum at (520) 574-0462.
Mexican with nightly live music
Tucson is as well known for good Mexican style food as anywhere in the southwest, but it was our misfortune to arrive on a Monday night when most of the city's restaurants were closed. So, we drove up and down Speedway, and then took Stone toward downtown. After passing through downtown, drove along 6th Avenue looking in desperation for food that was not fast or junky. My wife at one point suggested that we eat Chinese! Then, out of the blue came Las Cazuelitas, and when we stepped inside, the live music confirmed our good luck. Actually, on Monday night, the live music consisted of a fellow singing to his electronic gadgetry, but it really wasn't bad all things considered. On other nights, full mariachi bands play. The decore is authentic, and the waiting staff all speak Spanish, as well as English. There's actually two locations, and it happened that we went to the one farther away from our hotel. See their website for details. I ordered Tampiquena, a steak thinly sliced and sauteed with onions, and then served with a cheeze enchilada, guacamole, refried beans, and flour tortillas. My wife had a couple of tamales. The menu also includes seafood, something I would have tried if we weren't headed to the seafood mecca of New Orleans. The sauces and tortillas appeared to be house made, as the food was fresh and hot when served to us. The price tag for two was $24-, a good price given the atmosphere. I doubt the corporate franchises along Speedway can compete with this place overall.
Very nice freshly made (in house) desserts. Excellent coffee. Often very crowded, especially early weekday mornings when everyone is picking up coffee on the way to work. Has both indoor and outdoor seating. This may be the best coffee in tucson. coffee