Tucson is indescribable but we all sure try to find ways! That’s what
passion does, I suppose, motivates us to attempt the impossible. That
doesn’t mean it’s foolish to undertake these endeavors; in addition
to the rare occasion someone DOES succeed, the collective efforts
produce extremely valuable insights that can come pretty darn close
to capturing otherwise elusive comprehension.
It’s been nice reading everyone’s Tucson two-bits. Personally, I
enjoy even the thought of Tucson, so thank you all for drawing my
attention there. Some great has been shared here too.
I went for the first time two years ago and promised myself that I’d
make it there EVERY year thereafter. Regretfully, I’ve not been there
to buy (yet) but I sure didn’t come home empty handed! Actually,
‘empty-headed’ better conveys my submission to the " why go to
Tucson" list. Even though that’s not exactly the way this thread
started, a lot of those “why” reasons are certainly presented!
What “uninitiated” Tucson folk often don’t know is that the LEARNING
opportunities there are absolutely UNPARALLELED! The best informative
sources are all there along with unmatched volume of gems of every
kind. Each year gems surface in Tucson that are so rare, you may
never see them again and that sure beats textbooks any day!
This year marks AGTA’s 20th Anniversary, promising Tucson 2001 will
be the best show ever. I sincerely cannot wait! If anyone out there
isn’t sure if it’d be worthwhile making the trip, I have to say that
I’ve NEVER heard of ANYONE who regretted going! Many of us do wind up
"converted" though, in the sense that Valentine’s Day isn’t what we
first associate with February anymore…it’s Tucson! Consider
yourself forewarned - haha!
People aren’t over-inflating the hotel issue though. They do book up.
If you must wait or suddenly find that you can make it at the last
minute, check with hotels that AREN’T on the lists given in the Show
Guide. I found many of them on the Internet, through the Tucson
Chamber of Commerce and related tourism sites. You’ll have better
luck though you may have to stay a few miles further away from the
main shows. It’s not that big of a city so we’re not talking
Both years my trips were last minute. The first year, the airfare to
Tucson was astronomical without advanced purchase. I was desperate
though and found out that I could fly into Phoenix for less than half
of the Tucson fare. I rented a car and drove the pleasant hour and a
half highway stretch south. Coming from cold climate, it was great to
do 70mph with the windows down! This turned out to be such a positive
thing - no changing planes, the fare was affordable, my car rental
was cheaper and I arrived two hours earlier than if I’d flown
straight in anyway!
The second year I stayed at a hotel closer to the Tucson airport. I
was hesitant to do that the first year because I didn’t know the area
but it’s actually fine. There are several decent hotels that tend to
have a few rooms left.
Good luck, hope Tucson is as great for everyone else as it is for me!