The perfect vacation that is not really a vacation for most Tucsonans is just a quick trip northeast. If the beautiful scenery and countless recreational activities don't sound appealing, the 20-degree drop in temperature (especially during the summer) sure does! And if pitching a tent and baking a can of beans is too rugged, residents of the foothills can rent a cabin and dine at the Mount Lemmon Café. All poking at Tucson's rich aside, Mount Lemmon not only does wonders to attract visitors to the Old Pueblo, but offers a chance to play with a soft, white powdered substance that is not a drug.
2. Rose Canyon, www.fs.fed.us/r3/coronado/forest/recreation/camping/sites/rose_cyn.shtml
3. Catalina State Park, www.pr.state.az.us/Parks/parkhtml/catalina.html
Vote of note: "KOA"