The National Business Aviation Association’s Flight Attendants / Flight Technicians Conference is upon us, so what better time to get acquainted with the host city – Tucson, Arizona. If you have extra time on the ground to get out and explore, you will find the city to be less crowded and great deals at local restaurants and golf courses.
Since Tucson is located in the desert Southwest region of the United States, temperatures during summer can top 100 F (38 C). However, summer is also the rainy season, so be ready with an umbrella and enjoy the relief from the heat. For traveling to Tucson, there are two airports in the area, Tucson International Airport (TUS / KTUS) and Marana Northwest Regional (AVW / KAVQ). Peak in-flight catering season starts in November, lasts through the holiday season, and ends in April. In-flight catering is available in both Tucson airports through the Air Culinaire Worldwide Network.
If you are staying for the Independence Day weekend, you will have many spectacular events to choose from including the Full Moon Festival at Desert Museum and the First Saturdays Concert Series at Catalina State Park. Other notable annual events throughout the rest of the year include the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, and the All Soul’s Procession to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
Tucson has many unique activities and sites to keep you busy and entertained. A few of the top-rated museums are the Pima Air and Space Museum, Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. If you enjoy art, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun not only includes an art gallery, but also sculptures outside. If you are fascinated by science and astronomy, book a tour of the Steward Observatory Mirror Lab at the University of Arizona. Clear desert nights make it a perfect location for stargazing. For a taste of the Wild West, visit Old Tucson, where over 300 movies and TV shows were filmed.
When it comes to dining, Tucson presents many selections. For modern vegetarian options, visit the Tasteful Kitchen; to dine on organic gluten-free pizza, try Renee’s Organic Oven; or get a taste of regional cuisine at Tucson Tamale Company. Have a favorite dining spot in Tucson. Leave a comment below.
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