What to do, where to stay – and most importantly – where to eat in Tucson.
The restaurants in Tucson are so good the United Nations lists it as one of the world’s unique destinations for cuisine. There are hundreds to choose from (Many of the best are detailed in this magazine’s article on Tucson food by John Lehndorff.) But it is essentially the best city in the U.S. to taste Mexican flavors and techniques. Local chefs have exploded their creativity to use the heat and spices of traditional Mexican cuisine in an array of new ways. And, of course, there are Sonoran Hot Dogs to be had – these bacon-wrapped blessings were invented in Hermosillo, Mexico, but have been adopted by Tucson as their own. VisitTucson.org.
What to Do
West of downtown, nestled in the Saguaro National Park, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a beautiful day-trip. The museum’s staff is devoted to presenting the best displays and programs to educate visitors about the vibrant and unique life cycle of the Sonoran Desert – the plants, animals, birds and eco-system. The museum is almost entirely an outdoors experience – so come with water, hiking shoes and sun protection. The Saguaro National Park itself is filled with miles of trails for hiking, biking and exploration. On the south side, the Pima Air and Space Museum is the largest privately-funded air and space museum in the world and features more than 400 aircraft that tell the story of flight. VisitTucson.org.
The Music Scene
Music in Tucson is a thing and runs the gamut from featured local groups to acts touring the globe. The Rialto Theatre downtown features music nearly every night of the week and the Fox Tucson Theatre and the AVA Amphitheatre at Casino del Sol are some of the best music venues in the Southwest. rialtotheatre.com, FoxTucson.com, CasinoDelSo.com.
All the area’s major resorts have top-rated spa options and for those looking to really indulge Tucson is home to two world-class destination spas, Canyon Ranch and Miraval. CanyonRanch.Com, MiravalResorts.Com.
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