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Will be traveling this route in a few weeks. Is there anything that I need to see, visit or not to miss?
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Casa Grande ruins is about the only interesting thing I can think of between Yuma & Tucson. Gila Bend has a few RV parks and not much else as far as I can tell.

On edit: I only addressed what is between Yuma & Tucson. Tucson itself has a lot of interesting things to see. If you are interested in these sights, let me know.

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Make sure you have plenty of coffee or other caffeinated drinks. There's not much between Yuma and Casa Grande, after that don't know.





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How are you going, all the way on I-8 to I-10 or I-8 to Gila Bend, then drop south on AZ-85 to AZ-86 at Why, then to Tucson? If in a hurry and want to see just the Interstates, then take the 1st route, but if interested in a scenic road, take the 2nd. Gila Bend has a world renowned shrimp farm and does offer tours, Ajo has a very interesting old town area and there is a small Indian Casino in Why. As you go into Tucson via AZ-86 on the west side, there is the Sonoran Desert Museum and a NP that are both interesting. We've done both and much prefer the 2nd.


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If you are a baseball fan Spring Training starts in a couple of weeks with opportunities to see games in the Tucson area. Also, don't miss the air museum at the AFB and take the bus out to the aircraft boneyard.


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Depends on which way you travel, if you go through Ajo you may want to visit the copper mine museum, if you travel through Casa Grande, you want to visit the Casa Grande "Big House" ruins. On either way you may want to visit the Painted Rock area for the Petroglyphs as well as the Painted Rock Dam which I believe is the largest dam in Arizona.

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Yuma to Tucson

In the Bisbee/Tombstone Area, the town of Bisbee itself is neat to walk around in and we enjoyed the art galleries. The Queen Mine Tour was neat, we enjoyed it. Tombstone is a very tourist trap site, if you get my meaning. The old Court House was interesting. Tombstone was the site of a lot of wild west history, but is now very commercial. Neat Tour - Queen Mine
You could use Kartchner Caverns State Park - as base to see both Bisbee & Tombstone in a day trip. When we went to the area last, we stayed in a hotel off I-10 in Benson and did both as a day trip, then drove back to Las Cruces. It was my son-in-laws first time to see them.

Near Wilcox is The Amerind Foundation ( Amerind Art Gallery is Neat ) a ethnological, anthropological, archaeological museum and art gallery with paintings by 20th century Anglo and Native American artists. We enjoyed the art gallery and the museum. A neat out of the way, hidden site in the boulders of Texas Canyon. The Amerind is located in Cochise County, one mile south of Interstate 10, only about an hour east of Tucson, between Benson and Willcox. It is easy to find - just look for Dragoon Road exit, #318, and head south until you see mile marker 1 on one side of the road and the Amerind entrance on the other. Amerind.Org Cochise Strong Hold is in the same area, drove to it but did not camp, a nice setting. Cochise Stronghold

Willcox has a free place to overnight: Stout's Cider Mill & AZ Vistor Center

Chiricahua National Monument by Willcox is great, been there will go back. Chiricahua NPS but if rigs are too long for the Nat'l Mon Campground in the Coronado National Forest above it you can desperse camp for free.

This is Forest Rd 42 or the Pinery Canyon Road which also has at least one campground along the road. * Map ** Campground *** Camping Report *** Small Campgound But diesperse site seems to be much larger area, and closer to the Nat'l Park.

Close by Chiricahua Nat'l Mon there is the neat ruins of a fort, some hiking to get to it. Fort Bowie National Historic Site is worth the 3 mile round-trip walk for the best experience of Fort Bowie National Historic Site. If you physically can not walk the trail, please contact the visitor center staff at 520-847-2500 for directions to the alternate access. Fort

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Gadget Guy gave the best answer. After Tucson, head on down Bisbee way and see the worlds richest copper mine, Tombstone, Sierra Vista and several ghost towns along the way.....Dennis


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You don't go by the ruins going from Yuma to Tucson. It is a yawn of a trip. Nothing but desert.

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