Best Tourist Attraction

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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When in Rome, do as the Romans do: Tourists come to Tucson to see and learn about the Sonoran Desert. Drive west through Starr Pass, where saluting saguaros beckon as a portent of things to come. This giant botanical garden/zoo/natural history museum fascinates people of all ages. Meander or move along with a mission, but don't miss the cactus garden, desert loop trail, walk-in aviary, mineral gallery, otters and javelina. Must-have souvenirs keep the gift shops bustling as a Gila monster keychain reminds the folks in Iowa of our marvelous museum jewel of the desert.

Runners up:

2. Sabino Canyon
3. Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, 294-2624

Vote of note: "UA butt shorts"

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