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What's Tuscon, Az like?

I should attend a conference there, and I'm tempted to stay a couple of days and do some birding.

Is it nice? Is it a dump? Will it be hot, in April? Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 2403/22/2013

Only go to your business conference if you can stay at Loew's Ventana Canyon Resort.

Otherwise, forget it.

by Anonymousreply 103/22/2013

There is some nice scenery in the area, but that is it. The city itself is devoid of charm. The gays are mainly older couples or the children of Tucson's poor who can't afford to move away.

by Anonymousreply 203/22/2013

Tucson (yes, that's the correct spelling) is a nice place. Not a big gay place however. Only a handful of gay bars, and one just closed.-Temp these days is low 80s. April should be about the same, maybe 90s. Great birding in Madeira Canyon--people come from all over to go there. Don't miss the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and the Biosphere. Lowe's Ventana is very nice but not everyone can afford it--plus it's way outside the city.

by Anonymousreply 303/22/2013

Tucson is a beautiful town, April weather can be hot but you will enjoy it as the nights are cool. The out of doors is what is best about Tucson and all of southern Arizona.

Devoid of charm? Only to the charmless bitches. I can't imagine being so gay that my entire life revolves around gayness. I have lived in Tucson and am gay but don't know anything about so called gay life there.

by Anonymousreply 403/22/2013

Yes it will be hot in April. Im glad its finally getting hot.

Also check out Kitt Peak & Mt. Lemon.

Its a great place you'll like it. What where you thinking of doing while here?

by Anonymousreply 503/22/2013

Need I say more?

OP -- Dig for the dough and treat yourself.

by Anonymousreply 603/22/2013

I live in Tucson and have many birding friends who love it here. There are tons of hiking trails and outdoorsy people are out year round. April is a nice time of year, but sometimes it's a little on the hot side. IMO, it's the last best month to come before the summer heat.

If you can rent a car and drive down to Patagonia you'll find birding paradise. Tucson is surrounded on all four side by mountains and acres of saguaro forest, as well as Sabino Canyon for great hikes and wildlife. Honestly, the scenery and sunsets are gorgeous. I don't know where you're planning to stay but there are at least three upscale resorts that are great: Loews Ventana Canyon, La Paloma and Westward Look. Starr Pass is also supposed to by nice, but I've never stayed there.

There are pockets of Tucson that have lots of charm and there's also the dumpy places like Speedway with strip malls and auto dealerships.

I don't know why anyone would think that there's only older gays here since it's a college town and IBT's on 4th Ave. is always hopping.

Check out 4th Ave if you're into a funky vibe. There's lots of fantastic Mexican food here too. Eat at Cafe Poca Cosa, which is downtown, if you have a chance for Mexico City food; no tacos or burritos on the menu which changes daily.

by Anonymousreply 703/22/2013

I didn't care for it. Coming from a larger, newer city, I found it small, run-down, and isolated. But it did have some charm to it. The people are friendly and the scenery is beautiful. Try to get in some hiking (I second Mt. Lemmon), or if you're not outdoorsy, just rent a car and drive around the surrounding area.

by Anonymousreply 803/22/2013

Tucson is beautiful and a great place to go and relax.

Also has a ton of spas with steam rooms and saunas where "straight" married guys often end up playing.

by Anonymousreply 903/22/2013

I recommend a day trip out to Kartchner Caverns. It's a preserved natural cave. The humidity inside is 99% so it's like being inside a giant vagina.

by Anonymousreply 1003/22/2013

I thin Tuscon Az is a great porn name!

by Anonymousreply 1103/22/2013

[R10] Not preserved, rather a living cave that great pains have been taken to not harm. One of the great cave trips in the world. You will need reservations and need to follow the rules.

by Anonymousreply 1203/22/2013

The Catalina mountains on the north reflect the light all day long every where you go. The light alone can be magical. The largest gem and mineral show in the world is in Tucson. This is Linda Rondstadt's home town. Listen to Canciones De Mi Padre. I love Mariachi music and Mexican culture. Tucson is liberal as compared to the right wing Phoenix hell. The near by San Pedro Riparian area is one of the 5 top birding corridors in the world. April should be perfect for migrating birds. Also consider a trip to the funky mining mountain town of Bisbee. I will say that the drive down Hwy 83 to get to Patagonia is GORGEOUS. The skies will be crystal clear and blue. Much of older Tucson was built in the 50's and is revived art deco. The streets are lined with wonderful desert landscaping. Palo Verdes will be in bloom. If you go to the caverns, run into the old rail road town of Benson for lunch or dinner at Magaly's Mexican restaurant on 4th street.

by Anonymousreply 1303/22/2013

[quote]and do some birding

LOL...The op thinks he's Nathan Leopold.

by Anonymousreply 1403/22/2013

Tuscan is like Phoenix, without any of its charm

by Anonymousreply 1503/22/2013

It's like Needles, CA, sans the whimsy.

by Anonymousreply 1603/22/2013

What's the story with Lisa Frank?

by Anonymousreply 1703/22/2013

I once went to a political fundraiser at the home of one of Tucson's wealthiest businessmen. He had SILK flowers in pots in front of his home, which reminded me of a home Al Pacino's character in Scarface would appreciate.

by Anonymousreply 1803/22/2013

Arizona is Afghanistan without the charm.

by Anonymousreply 1903/22/2013

Tucson is so much better than Phoenix. I have lived many years in both of them. Phoenix has more gay clubs, sure, but it is a very conservative, redneck, Mormon, Republican city; whereas Tucson is more liberal and Democratic. Phoenix at rush hour is a nightmare--miles and miles of parked cars. While Tucson has its problems, I would always choose it over Phoenix. By the way, there are apparently lots of gays here in Tucson that responded to this thread. I sure I wish I knew some of you!! Where are you?

by Anonymousreply 2003/22/2013

Can anyone tell me what R18 is trying to say?

by Anonymousreply 2103/22/2013

You spend half your life driving up and down Speedway.

by Anonymousreply 2203/22/2013

R18 is trying to say, r21, that the silk flowers you use to decorate your home are tacky.

by Anonymousreply 2303/22/2013

r14 made me burst out laughing. I just watched "Compulsion" last night.

by Anonymousreply 2403/22/2013
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