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.
2. Sabino Canyon
3. Mission San Xavier del Bac, 1950 W. San Xavier Road, 294-2624
Vote of note: "UA butt shorts"