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Jun 15, 2006  Recent extended weekend in Tucson.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 2 votes

A summary of interesting places to visit during a 3 day trip in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Tucson
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Seniors, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring, Fall
  • 1. De Grazia Gallery in the Sun
    DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, Tucson, Arizona

    This is a wonderful indoor-outdoor museum dedicated to the 20th century artist Ted De Grazia. The museum is made up of several adobe style buildings, one of which was the artist's home, another a quaint chapel. Wonderful place for the art aficionado to visit, but will interest history buffs as well. Free admission, but donations are appreciated. Nice gift shop with offerings of prints, postcards and notecards; all proceeds go toward the funding of the museum. I was very inspired.

  • 2. Mission San Xavier del Bac
    Mission San Xavier del Bac, Tucson, Arizona

    Step back in time to the days of the Spanish missions. San Xavier del Bac is considered one of the best examples of mission architecture in the U.S. Historical, inspirational, artistic and breathtakingly beautiful. Just a few minutes south of Tucson, this is a must see.

  • 3. Old Tucson Studios
    Old Tucson, Tucson, Arizona

    If you are a fan of the western movie, you cannot miss Old Tucson Studios, the actual "town" used as backdrop for innumerable westerns. The ranch house and blacksmith shop used for "The High Chapparal" is still there, also. Old Tucson offers trail rides, train rides, restaurants and an entertaining show with music and dance. You might even be pulled up on stage to participate! This is fun for the whole family!

  • 4. Traildust Town

    Another replica of an "Old West" town. Within Tucson city limits, this is a nice place for the whole family to enjoy. There are Calistoga wagons, shops and restaurants.

  • 5. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, Arizona

    A beautiful place to take in all that the desert has to offer: flora and fauna abound and can be enjoyed from the walking trail. Everything from cacti and mesquite to javelinas and ocelots! This museum has both an indoor and outdoor element, with the outdoor being the outstanding one! Best time of day to go: afternoon, so that you can enjoy the desert sunset.

  • 6. Arizona Inn
    Arizona Inn, Tucson, Arizona

    An historical landmark, this is one of the most up-scale hotels in Tucson. Although I did not stay here, I found the staff to be friendly and professional; the architecture and decor beautiful. If you don't plan on booking a room, at least have a cocktail on the patio and envision Tracy and Hepburn in a round of table tennis and laughter, or perhaps Bogie and Bacall basking in the moonlight by the pool---this is a very romantic setting which catered to the movie stars of the golden era of Hollywood. The cocktails are pricey, but the experience is worth it for the very nostalgic.

  • 7. Viscount Suite Hotel
    Viscount Suite Hotel, Tucson, Arizona

    I stayed at this hotel and found it to be well worth the reasonably priced room. They were running a special for $ 79.00 a night, which included a full, hot breakfast buffet each morning. The room was clean, spacious and nicely appointed. The food was good and the staff was friendly and helpful. Good place for families, as the living room area of the suite can convert to a 2nd bedroom if you request a sofa bed. Equally nice for couples and business travelers.

  • 8. El Charro
    El Charro Cafe - The Original, Tucson, Arizona

    This is the renowned family owned and operated Mexican restaurant of Tucson. The original location downtown is where you want to go; it's an old house with plenty of atmosphere. The food is authentic and the service is good.

  • 9. Hotel Congress
    The Historic Hotel Congress, Tucson, Arizona

    This is another landmark hotel, downtown. Stop in for dinner and/or live music. Interesting "desert deco" decor in the lobby. The lobby bar is nice for a cocktail; lots of comfortable seating.

  • 10. Tucson Visitor Center
    Tucson, Arizona

    Although last on this list, this is the first place to go. It's downtown and there you can purchase the "Tucson Passport" for $ 15.00. Well worth the price, this passport will save you lots of money, that is, if you are traveling in pairs, as each attraction is buy one, get one free. It also makes a nice keepsake; almost a travel diary of your trip to Tucson.