I went to Tucson bead fair in Arizona last February for the first time. When I arrived at Tucson, it was beautiful sunny day. (I think everyday is sunny not like Seattle.) If you step out side of the airport, all kinds of cactus will greet you.
One of the places I visited was the most popular Gem Mall. There were three giant temporary tents. You can find all different kinds of international foods and snacks at the food court outside. Inside and outside was filled with a lot of people from all over the places. Most of them looked excited and happy.
If you go to the other location, there is a free shuttle mini bus. But if you are hurry and can not wait, you can take a environmental-friendly cab(see above).
And they only ask you for tip. It was great experience to go to Tucson.
Now I have tons of beautiful beads and findings to creat my new jewelry collections and am looking forward to going 2011 gem show in Tucson.