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Tucson
Although Tucson's fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. With a history that goes back much further than many of its southwestern neighbors, Tucson boasts turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods, museums and the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a still-functioning 18th-century mission considered one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Mexican and Native American influences are pervasive, and the city has a distinctly Western flavor. There's also a college-town atmosphere, thanks to the University of Arizona, which has its own share of... more Although Tucson's fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. With a history that goes back much further than many of its southwestern neighbors, Tucson boasts turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods, museums and the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a still-functioning 18th-century mission considered one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Mexican and Native American influences are pervasive, and the city has a distinctly Western flavor. There's also a college-town atmosphere, thanks to the University of Arizona, which has its own share of museums and a science center. Whether golfing at a world-class golf resort, horseback riding, hiking in the wilderness, discovering desert flora and fauna at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or exploring pre-Columbian and other art at the Tucson Art Museum, you'll have a mind-boggling array of things to do. less

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as... more Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and two aviaries; one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums; Art Galleries; Natural History Museums
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Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon
Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. For... more Owner description: Located in the Catalina Mountains and part of the Coronado National Forest, this beautiful canyon offers outdoor recreation including hiking, swimming, biking and picnicking. For an overview of the area, take the narrated shuttle bus tour. less
Attraction type: Canyons
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Pima Air & Space Museum
Pima Air & Space Museum
Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, plus many other... more Owner description: Be amazed at one of the world's largest aircraft collections: including 2+ hangars of World War II planes, supersonic spyplanes, the world's smallest bi-plane, plus many other unique private, military and commercial air & spacecraft documenting the evolution of flight. Friendly docents augment your visit. Only Pima Air & Space offers the bus tour of the "Boneyard"/AMARG (M-F only, no holidays) plus offers its own tram tour of the museum's 80 acres of one-of-a kind planes daily (additional fees). You can actually touch "aviation history" including "Freedom One" (that flew the American 444-days-in-Iran hostages home), presidential crafts, planes that launched astronauts, delivered life-saving food/fuel, etc. and others with wingspans the length of a football field... Ogle helicopters, MiGs, an Oscar, a rare German buzz bomb, a moon rock and much more. 300 aircraft, 80 acres, 5 indoor air-cooled hangars. Just plane awesome! less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
Attraction type: Scenic Drives
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Mission San Xavier del Bac
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful... more Owner description: Built in the 1700s, this recently restored white adobe church, representing a wonderful example of Spanish colonial architecture, is beautiful inside and out, with colorful frescoes, sculptures and carvings. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Sacred & Religious Sites; Missions
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Frost Gelato
Frost Gelato
Ranked #1 of 1,971 Restaurants in Tucson
Good for: Kids, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Vivace Restaurant
Vivace Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 1,971 Restaurants in Tucson
Cuisines: Italian, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Flying-V Bar & Grill
Flying-V Bar & Grill
Ranked #3 of 1,971 Restaurants in Tucson
Price:
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Bar, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Beyond Bread
Beyond Bread
Ranked #4 of 1,971 Restaurants in Tucson
Cuisines: American, Cafe, Soups
Good for: Large groups, Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Wildflower
Wildflower
Ranked #5 of 1,971 Restaurants in Tucson
Price: $12 - $28
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Rameda Foothills Resort
2.5 of 5
Rameda Foothills Resort
$45 - $130
Ranked #24 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Baymont Inn & Suites Tucson Airport
2.5 of 5
Baymont Inn & Suites Tucson Airport
$56 - $125
Ranked #29 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Red Roof Inn Tucson North - Marana
2.0 of 5
Red Roof Inn Tucson North - Marana
$47 - $95
Ranked #51 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza University
2.0 of 5
Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza University
$111 - $278
Ranked #8 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tucson City Center
2.5 of 5
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Tucson City Center
$79 - $169
Ranked #11 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport
3.0 of 5
Hilton Garden Inn Tucson Airport
$97 - $198
Ranked #12 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Canyon Ranch
5.0 of 5
Canyon Ranch
$675 - $3,685
Ranked #2 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
4.0 of 5
Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
$180 - $399
Ranked #3 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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Arizona Inn
4.0 of 5
Arizona Inn
$155 - $370
Ranked #4 of 128 Hotels in Tucson
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