Tucson

Set in a picture postcard background of cacti, rolling hills and awe inspiring mountains, Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city and is the epitome of a modern growing metropolis.

Tucson, Arizona’s second largest city, is the epitome of a modern growing metropolis. Set in a picture postcard background of cacti, rolling hills and awe inspiring mountains and despite being very much 21st Century, it succeeds in retaining its desert frontier roots and historical charm.

Tucson has a long history of settlement by the ancient Native American’s, European explorers and Anglo frontiersmen and women. Add to this the fusion of American and Mexican cultures, a place where the past meets the present adding to the richness and ambiance and variety of the city.

With a wonderful climate for most of the year, Tucson is the perfect place for soaking up the sun, enjoying year round outdoor activities and absorbing the spellbinding landscapes that will inspire and take your breath away for years to come.

A thriving city for arts, cultural events and festivals Tucson offers the visitor many opportunities to enjoy performing arts of all descriptions, world class dining whatever your culinary favourites may be, including many regional dishes which are as rich and colourful as the culture and people. Added to this, Tucson is most certainly recognised as being a golfers paradise with world-class courses, country clubs and municipal course that challenge players of all levels, plus a whole host of spa resorts to help you unwind and relax.

However you choose to spend your vacation, you will be spoilt for choice, with something to suit all tastes, you will not be disappointed.

Our suggestions for your stay in Tucson:

Day 1 – Become familiar with Tucson’s past, present, and future on a city tour including historic sites in the downtown area. Break for lunch and shopping at Old Town Artisans, located in downtown Tucson’s El Presidio Historic District. Housed within the 150-year-old restored adobe buildings are several distinctive shops and galleries, featuring contemporary and traditional art and fine crafts from hundreds of local and national artists. Visit Mission San Xavier del Bac, the oldest intact European structure in Arizona and one of the finest examples of Spanish mission architecture in the United States. Founded in 1692 by a Jesuit missionary, Father Eusebio Francisco Kino, the mission was created to serve, as it still does, the Tohono O’odham (“Desert People”) of the village of Wa:k. Visitors can learn about the history, architecture, culture, and surroundings of the mission — known as “The White Dove of the Desert” during docent-led tours, which are free (donations accepted) and last approximately 45 minutes.

Day 2 – Take a drive-through tour of Saguaro National Park West and get a breathtaking view of thousands of saguaros, the giants of the desert. Break for lunch and a tour at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which tells the unique story of the Sonoran Desert region. More than 300 species of live animals and 1,400 species of plants indigenous to the Sonoran Desert are exhibited in naturalistic habitats. Stop at Old Tucson Studios, the famous movie location and theme park. Take a step back in time and enjoy watching a simulated gunfight and saloon show.

Day 3 – Enjoy the views at Sabino Canyon Recreation Area-a true desert oasis. The narrated ground-tram ride lasts 45-minutes and travels through some of the most camera-worthy scenery in the Tucson area. Head west to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, a unique adobe construction with beautiful decorative features and rooms exhibiting Ted DeGrazia originals on subjects such as Padre Kino, Cabeza de Vaca, and Yaqui Easter. Break for lunch at La Encantada and experience an upscale outdoor specialty shopping center that celebrates the splendor of old-world Spanish traditions alongside modern sophistication. Drive south to the Pima Air & Space Museum, where more than 300 aircraft are on display, representative of America’s aviation history. This impressive aircraft collection ranges from the first (a replica of the Wright flyer) to the ultimate flying machine, the famous SR-71A Blackbird.

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