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Fort Lowell Museum features the reconstructed commanding officers' quarters, with artifacts and pioneer furnishings showing life in a frontier western army post. The museum is located at 1900 North Craycroft Road (520-885-3832).
John C. Fremont House (151 S. Granada Ave.) is in the Convention Center complex in downtown Tucson. This restored 1880 adobe home was the residence of Arizona Territorial Governor John Fremont. The house contains period furnishings and a fine collection of American antiques. It's open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. For information, call (520) 622-0956.
The two restorations are managed by the Arizona Historical Society, which also has its main museum at 949 E. Second Street. The museum has a research library, as well as a Mining Hall, Transportation Hall, and a collection of nineteenth-century music boxes and phonographs. It is open Monday&endash;Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. For information, call (520) 628-5774.
Old Pueblo Museum is in the Foothills Mall at Ina and La Cholla (520 - 742-2355). This museum features permanent and changing exhibits on Southwestern history, culture, and natural science.
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As is the case with Phoenix, Tucson is home to several deluxe resorts, in addition to a half-dozen fine guest ranches. Most of the resorts are built around golfing. These golf resorts and spas are located outside the main built-up area in the foothills overlooking the desert landscape.
Lowe's Ventana Canyon Resort, 7000 N. Resort Drive
At the top of the luxury list is this fabulous hotel. With 398 units, this golf and tennis resort at the foot of the Catalina Mountains has everything: two pools, whirlpool, saunas, bicycles, steam room, tennis (10 courts), two dining rooms, restaurant, and lounge.
The Westin La Paloma is in the super-deluxe category, located at 3800 Sunrise Drive, 11 miles northeast of the city. With Spanish-colonial architecture, the resort has almost 500 units and is set in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Room rates run from just over $200 to more than $520. Each room has a private balcony, and there are tennis courts, whirlpools, and a fine restaurant.
Canyon Ranch Spa (8600 Rockcliff Rd.) is a renowned fitness resort, also in the Catalina Mountains. Expect to take part in a spa program if you stay here, with swimming, tennis, racquetball, cycling, hiking and a choice of optional health and beauty treatments, with a minimum 4-day stay.
The newest deluxe vacation destination in the area is the Sheraton Tucson El Conquistador, north ofTucson at 10000 Oracle Road. With 45 holes of golf, 31 tennis courts, and 434 rooms, this resort rates among the top places to play and relax in Arizona. For information, call.
Guest ranches include the Wild Horse Ranch & Resort
6801 North Camino Verde. Visitors to this historic resort stay in adobe-style casitas, next to cactus gardens, green lawns, palms, and waterfalls, streams, and ponds. Activities include horseback riding, nature hikes, tennis and other games, swimming, barbecues, bird watching, and gold panning in Ranch Wash. Children will love the petting zoo.
The White Stallion Ranch is found 20 miles northwest of town via Interstate 10 at 9251 W. Twin Peaks Road. With the Tucson Mountains nearby, the ranch features horseback riding, a swimming pool and whirlpool, tennis, a dining room, and lounge. Rooms are in cottages and in the main lodge. The ranch operates on the American plan (three meals with lodging). As with other guest ranches, the White Stallion schedules cookouts, hayrides, dances, and entertainment. For information, call.
The historic Tanque Verde Ranch dates back more than 100 years and has a cottage complex plus indoor and outdoor pools, tennis courts, a sauna and horseback riding. The restaurant here is open to the public by reservation (520-296-6275). To get there take Speedway Blvd. and drive east for 18 miles.
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