Imagine a brightly lit marquee. A line of excited faces snakes its way through the doors of the theater. The scent of fresh-popped popcorn draws you in. Overhead, bold black letters sing out Sonoran Desert: The Movie. Imagine the movie has played to a full house for more than half a century. This "movie" is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and its "stars" are the plants, mammals, reptiles, birds and bugs found right outside your door. Forget human melodrama; the story of our beloved desert and its plant and animal residents are the reason most of us live here. Whether you're hauling around the visiting relatives or just the kids, you're guaranteed to learn something new every time you visit this world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden.
Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, 883-0100
3. Sabino Canyon
Vote of note: "dry heat," one vote