RE: Help with planning 9 days in the Tuscon area
Atarah, Welcome to my home!
Tucson is a wonderful city, as you already know from your first visit. I am not sure that you would enjoy a visit to Sabino Canyon,as it is currently undergoing major repair due to early Fall storms. The Desert Museum is always worth another visit. If you didn't take in the Raptor Free Flight Demonstration, desertmuseum.org/visit/event..., last time, then you owe it to the family to see it this time. Pima Air & Space Museum is always a good choice with the Males of the family. While your husband & son are exploring there, I would suggest that you and your daughter head down to Tubac and spend some girl time exploring the shops down there. I would suggest Tombstone over Old Tucson, as Old Tucson has lost its flavor since being rebuilt after the fire. You can take in a gunfight and have dinner at Traildust Town, http://www.traildusttown.com/, here in Tucson. For horseback riding and a Cave experience all in one place, visit Colossal Cave Mountain Park, http://www.colossalcave.com/. The folks at the Posta Que Mada Stables will make your experience on horseback fun and easy. For a Dayspa treat for you & your daughter, try Touch of Tranquility, http://www.touchoftranquility.com/.
I would base out of Williams and take the Grand Canyon Train, http://www.thetrain.com. That will take the stress out of driving into the Canyon and allow you and your family a wonderful, narrated journey along with breathtaking scenery. I would suggest Walnut Canyon, http://www.nps.gov/waca/, as it is one of the only opportunities a non-native has to get up close to pueblo dwellings. Montezuma's Castle, http://www.nps.gov/waca/, would also be something for you to consider. Sedona would be good for a drive through as you are traveling up to Williams. The Red Cliffs and Spires are beautiful, as is Oak Creek Canyon. However Sedona itself has lost its appeal with the arrival of the outlet mall. By Comparison, Jerome, http://www.azjerome.com/, is still one of my favorite towns.
Enjoy your stay in Tucson & Northern Arizona,
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