Best Tourist Attraction

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Readers Pick

Many locals feel that the best thing about Tucson isn't the city itself--it's the location. The Sonoran Desert is one of the most unique and beautiful ecosystems in the world, and we live right in the middle of it! Unfortunately, there aren't a lot of opportunities to really experience its flora and fauna here in town. That's why the Desert Museum exists: to provide an up-close-and-personal look at stuff like snakes, otters, javelinas, and rare plants and cactuses, all in their natural surroundings. There are trails to walk on, terrariums full of weird creatures and a walk-in hummingbird garden. Even the rocks are interesting! And, if for no other reason, you have to go just to see the prairie dogs. They are so cute.

Runners up:

2. Sabino Canyon, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/sabino.shtml

3. Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, 294-2624, www.sanxaviermission.org

Vote of note: "Jim Click"

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