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Best Leisurely Stroll

Sabino Canyon Tram Route
Coronado National Forest

READERS' PICK: With its lush, lower Sonoran desert riparian vegetation, cushy asphalt road, and some of the best people-watching potential in town, it's no wonder that our readers chose Sabino Canyon's Tram Route as their favorite leisurely stroll. Whether you bring the baby in a jog-stroller and walk from the visitors' center to the first bridge and back, or put on your Nike Air Sabinos and haul your haunches all the way to the top, you'll notice a few things. First of all, Sabino Canyon is a beautiful place. Second, there are a lot of Tucsonans with jog strollers. Third, there are an awful lot of leisurely strollers in Sabino Canyon who look like Dr. Andrew Weil. At any rate, the canyon is open to walkers and runners 24 hours a day, and there's no charge to enter on foot. The entire walk is just under eight miles, but you can easily adjust the distance to suit your personal comfort and fitness level. There are nine bridges on the path, and water runs beneath most of them for most of the year. Should you wear out during your stroll and it happens to be during tourist hours, the tram will shuttle you back for $6 per adult, and $2.50 for children between the ages of 3 and 12.

READERS' POLL RUNNER-UP--TIE: Rillito River Park (see Best Road-Bike Route); and Tohono Chul Park (see Best Urban Garden).

CLUE IN: Take your time and amble down Third Street, between Campbell Avenue and Tucson Boulevard. This serene slice of the historic Sam Hughes neighborhood used to be the only place in town where you'd find a veritable grove of citrus trees. Go ahead, pick an orange. Wave at the smiling folks. This is one of those strange places, like piers at sunset or the shade of a weeping willow, where people seem to go just to be.

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