If you've driven I-10 between Phoenix and El Paso, then you have surely seen the billboards.
The Thing is actually something with a name (which I won't say here, but you should be able to Google it), but those who sell the gas, Dairy Queen food and tickets to this roadside attraction would like you to believe otherwise.
Don't be tricked. It's not that cool. I haven't been there personally, but I've talked to enough people that have.
The Thing is located near the Dragoon Road exit on I-10 between Benson and Willcox.
Unique Suggestions: Buy a Blizzard. Stay away from Dairy Queen's food fare though.
Fun Alternatives: The rocks alongside the road at one of the rest areas, which are part of the Dragoon Mountains, are actually more interesting for everyone, and are completely free. Cochise Stronghold is also near there, and is definitely more interesting.
You drive more than an hour to this dump in the desert.
A couple of guys that look like college kids run around shooting at each other for the 2 pm show.
There's a couple of buildings with "cheesy" memorabilia.
This place is definately not worth your time.
Fun Alternatives: Visit the Tohono Chul Park and let the kids learn about the flora and fauna of Tucson in their great Garden for Children.
You also can walk through the hummingbird garden or attend one of their concert series as well as attend a workshop, lecture or one of their classes for all ages.
Southern Arizona and Tucson are one of the hottest places in the USA in summer, or more exactly from May to October.
In summer high temperatures are usually over 100F = 38C (sometimes even 110F = 43C), low over 70F (21C).
Check the 10-day forecast for Tucson:
Unique Suggestions: My top 5 advices:
1. Wear very light (and too large :-) clothes made of natural materials (cotton) and a hat,
2. stay in shadow if possible and move slowly hehe,
3. drink a lot of cold water (no sweet juices or booze),
4. avoid midday and early afternoon,
5. keep smiling :-)))
Fun Alternatives: Visit Tucson from November to April (as I did :-), at least in May or October.
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