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Tucson: Spanish Colonial Charm and Cacti, Too
The lovely city of Tucson,
Arizona, is not only rich with ancient history, it is also an ideal destination
for travelers looking for an idyllic spot to hike, ride bikes, climb mountains,
go spelunking, or just relax on the edge of a canyon and dream.
Life in the Tucson Valley
began about 10,000 B.C. when the Paleoindian and Archaic hunters and gatherers
migrated to the area. Although historians don’t know whether the area was
inhabited continually after that, they have found evidence of agricultural
settlements along the Santa Cruz River dating back as far as 1,000 B.C.
The Hohokam culture thrived in the Tucson Valley for a dozen centuries,
from 200 A.D. to 1450 A.D., before the civilization declined. Today’s Pima
and Tohono O’odham cultures are the descendants of that advanced civilization,
and they have inhabited the region since the mid-16th century.
Around 1540, the Coronado
Expedition crossed what is now Arizona, searching for the "Seven Cities
of Gold." Father Francisco Kino established the Mission San Xavier del
Bac in 1699, but it took nearly 100 years for the mission to be completed.
In the meantime, the Mission San Agustin, a "visita" of San Xavier, was
established on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River. In 1775, Hugo O’Conor
established the Tucson Presido—and that year was when the City of Tucson
was officially born.
When Mexico fought for its
independence in 1821, Tucson became part of Mexico. In 1854, after the
Gadsden Purchase, Tucson was thereafter under the jurisdiction of the United
States. Arizona became an official U.S. territory in 1864, and in 1912
it became the 48th state in the Union. By 1950, Tucson’s population had
reached 120,000, and just 10 years later the population had doubled. In
1990, Tucson became the 33rd largest city in the United States, with a
population of nearly a half million people.
With its colorful cultural
history, Tucson offers visitors a wealth of diverse exploration pursuits
as well as mild weather all year long. When most people think of Tucson,
they get a mental picture of lush, sweeping desert spotted with tall saguaro
cacti. But the second-largest city in Arizona is nestled in the heart of
an area surrounded by mountains and canyons, state and national forests,
rivers, and waterfalls.
The Santa Cruz River Valley,
south of Tucson, is being considered for becoming a National Heritage Area
because of its historic and cultural significance to the area. The valley
is known worldwide to bird lovers, being home to elegant trogons and blue-throated
hummingbirds in the Santa Rita and Santa Catalina Mountains. The tall riparian
forests near Tumacacori are home to summer tanagers. The area is also the
site of many Native American archaeological ruins as well as being a center
of Spanish colonial exploration.
In fact, the evidence of
Spanish colonial influence is everywhere you look in Tucson, especially
in the city’s numerous adobe houses. Visitors can learn about the Spanish
colonization of the Southwest by taking a trip down the Juan Bautista de
Anza Trail, the explorer who established an emigration and supply route
in 1776 from Tubac, south of Tucson, all the way to California.
Forest, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in the Sonoran Desert, Arizona,
Sabino Canyon, located in
the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest, boasts thrilling
desert landscapes. Everywhere you look you can see cholla and prickly pear
cactus, ocotillo groves, and palo verde trees. Hikers can make their way
down the 2.5-mile Sabino Creek trail, lined with cottonwood trees, and
stop at Seven Falls to relax by clear-running pools of water. The narrated
Bear Canyon Trail tram provides a more leisurely route to the top of the
canyon. Hikers and explorers should keep an eye out for white-tailed deer,
lizards, collared peccaries, tarantulas, lizards, and snakes that live
in the canyon.
Be sure not to leave Tucson
without visiting the Saguaro National park, to get a glimpse of the iconic
cactus most people think of when they think of Arizona. Majestic saguaros,
in all shapes and sizes, tower over the landscape, some as tall as 50 feet
high. Drive on a scenic loop to learn more about the spectacular Sonoran
Desert. The area offers more than 150 miles of hiking trails ranging from
easy, casual strolls to challenging steep, rugged hikes into the Rincon
Whether you’re a history
buff, a nature lover, a wildlife adventurer, a canyon explorer, or a combination
of all of these, Tucson is the perfect destination for you!
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Tucson At Reid Park
The Doubletree Tucson at
Reid Park is located two miles from the University of Arizona. Nearby points
of interest include Tucson Botanical Gardens, Sabino Canyon, Mission San
Xavier, Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Park, and Colossal Cave
Mountain Park. The Doubletree Tucson at Reid Park has 16 fully equipped
meeting rooms to ensure the success of every event. For guests dining needs,
the Doubletree Tucson at Reid Park has three restaurants onsite. After
a long day of sightseeing or meetings, guests can relax by taking a dip
in the outdoor swimming pool or treat themselves to a pampering massage.
The Econo Lodge in Tucson
provides a great, convenient, central location off of I-10, at 6th Ave.
This Econo Lodge is only two miles from downtown and the Convention Center.
Area attractions like the Gem Show and Tucson Electric Park are also convenient
from this location. The hotel offers its guests a complimentary breakfast.
Fridges and microwaves are available on request (fees apply). The Econo
Lodge Tucson's amenities include an outdoor pool and guest laundry facilities.
Guests are offered free local phone calls, as well. The Econo Lodge Tucson
is a good choice for convenience and amenities.
Suites Hotel Tucson
The Flamingo Suites is a
unique hotel, which offers full suites with kitchens in a beautiful desert
garden setting. This hotel is located in a quiet residential neighborhood
in the Tucson foothills. The Flamingo Suites offers a generous array of
amenities, including free local phone calls, complimentary parking, free
satellite TV, and a heated swimming pool, in an oasis-like setting. Other
conveniences include a coin operated laundry onsite, and a 24-hour restaurant
next door. Seven other restaurants can be found within a three-block radius.
Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort
Etched into the base of
the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains, the smoke-free Resort basks in a Sonoran
desert setting, 13 miles from downtown Tucson, Ariz. Pusch Ridge Wilderness
Area may be viewed from the resort's property, and Catalina State Park
is less than 3 miles away. The resort stands within 500 acres of natural
desert flora, and an expansive Southwestern-style lobby opens onto a central
courtyard. Recreational opportunities include three golf courses and a
putting green, 31 lighted tennis courts, and an on-site equestrian center
with horseback riding and lessons. The Desert Springs Oasis offers a 143-foot
waterslide, fish-shaped children's pool, hot and cold spa tubs, and artificial
streams and waterfalls. A total of four pools are available, including
a six-lane lap pool and a splash pool. Dining options include Sundance,
which features American favorites with a southwestern flair, and the Last
Territory, which offers steak and Old West ambience.
The Hilton Tucson East hotel
is located in the fashionable East Side district of Tucson, Ariz. The hotel
is within seven miles from the University of Arizona, and eight miles from
downtown and the Tucson Convention Center. The Southwestern design
of the hotel features a seven-story atrium. Vistas Restaurant offers views
of the Catalina Mountains. Hotel ammenities include a heated outdoor pool,
a spa tub and a fitness center. Complimentary wireless Internet access
is available throughout the hotel and wired high-speed Internet access
is available for a fee in the business center. There are many golf courses
nearby and the hotel can make the necessary arrangements for a tee time.
Place Tucson Airport
Located a half-mile south
of the Tucson International Airport and only minutes from the Desert Diamond
Casino, the Hyatt Place Tucson Airport hotel is centrally located to many
Tucson-area museums, including the Pima Air and Space Museum, the Sonoran
Desert Museum and the Arizona State Museum. The Tucson hotel is also
close to the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Museum
of Art. For business travelers, the hotel is located only 15 minutes
from the Tucson Convention Center.
Quinta Inn And Suites Tucson Airport
The La Quinta Inn is located
1 block from Tucson Airport and 10 miles from downtown Tucson. The hotel
offers guests a clean, comfortable room at a price that will allow you
to enjoy the rest of your trip. The hotel offers consistent quality and
value at every location. Guests will appreciate the fresh, contemporary
décor and comfortable standard and king rooms with thoughtful amenities.
It is the ideal choice for both business and leisure travelers. All of
the rooms feature the modern amenities that guests have come to expect
of a hotel of this quality.
Quinta Inn Tucson Downtown
The La Quinta Inn Tucson
Downtown / Starr Pass is close to everything in the area, including the
University of Arizona, Tucson Convention Center, Starr Pass Golf Resort,
and the Sonora Desert Museum. Visit San Xavier Mission from here, and Old
Tucson Studios. Try your luck at Desert Diamond Casino and Casino Del Sol,
or spend a day watching Major League Baseball at the Tucson Electric Park
Spring Training Center, home of the Chicago White Sox, AZ Diamondbacks,
and Colorado Rockies. It is only a short drive to Casa Grande Outlet Shopping.
Enjoy the sparkling outdoor swimming pool in this desert oasis, and a relaxing
Quinta Inn Tucson East
The La Quinta Inn Tucson
East is located 13 miles from Tucson International Airport. The hotel offers
guests a clean, comfortable room at a price that will allow you to enjoy
the rest of your trip. The hotel offers consistent quality and value at
every location. Guests will appreciate the fresh, contemporary décor
and comfortable standard and king rooms with thoughtful amenities. All
of the rooms feature the modern amenities that guests have come to expect
of a hotel of this quality. The rooms are well suited to the needs of both
the business traveler and the leisure quest.
On The Desert Tucson
The Lodge on the Desert
is located two miles from the University of Arizona, three miles from Tuscon
Convention Center and 12 miles from Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Nearby
points of interest include Sabino Canyon, Fourth Avenue Historic Shops
and Tuscon Museum of Arts just to mention a few. The Lodge on the Desert
offers guests dry cleaning services, 24-hour front desk services, complimentary
parking, and safe deposit boxes. The Lodge on the Desert has a restaurant
and bar onsite for guests dining needs. After a long day of sightseeing
or meetings, guests can relax by taking a dip in the outdoor swimming pool.
Ventana Canyon Resort Tucson
The Loews Ventana Canyon
Resort is located in Tucson, Arizona. Imagine a place where ancient cultures,
untamed landscapes, and tranquil surroundings harmoniously coexist. And
mirages pale in comparison to reality. There is such a place. And its very
existence is designed to enrich yours. Located on a plateau above the city
of Tucson and nestled into the Catalina Mountain foothills, Loews Ventana
Canyon Resort embraces the spirit of this unique and beautiful land. It's
a hushed world where long-time residents such as the Saguaro cacti, the
coyote, and the great horned owl live in undisturbed harmony throughout
its 93 acres. It's truly an oasis. Enjoy the amazement of an 80-foot waterfall
from your room where sunset-inspired color schemes provide the warmest
Tucson National Resort
Recognized by "Conde Naste
Traveler" as one of the top 100 resorts in the US and named one of the
top Sixty Golf Resorts by Golf Digest, the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort
and Spa is an upscale property that is dedicated to guests' needs. The
hotel is conveniently located near Tohono Chul Park, Casas Adobes, the
Fort Lowell Historic District, University of Arizona, Tucson Botanical
Gardens and Tucson Mountain County Park. As part of the Omni family, this
resort has been awarded the JD Powers award for best customer service in
an Upscale Hotel. The resort offers 36 championship holes of golf, and
has hosted PGA events on its Catalina course since 1965. The Omni Tucson
National Golf Resort and Spa also boasts a 13,000 square-foot European
Style Spa with a full variety of services to meet everyone's needs.
Verde Inn and Suites Tucson
The Palo Verde Inn and Suites
is located south of Interstate 10 in Tucson, Ariz., less than six miles
from the University of Arizona. With 24-hour advanced notice, complimentary
shuttle service is provided to and from Tucson International Airport, located
three miles from the hotel. Tucked within a residential area, the Palo
Verde Inn and Suites offers a fitness center, outdoor pool and spa tub.
Complimentary hot breakfasts are served daily. This pet-friendly, two-story
hotel offers 173 brightly decorated guestrooms featuring complimentary
wireless Internet access, upgraded linens, coffeemakers, in-room safes,
granite counters, cable television, and complimentary toiletries.
The Radisson Suites Tucson
is located a mile away from Tucson's popular "restaurant row" dining and
shopping district, eight miles from downtown Tucson and 11 miles from Tucson
International Airport. The all-suite hotel is nestled in the city's upscale
eastside. The lobby opens onto a pool framed by palm trees and surrounded
by blooming garden flowers. Guest can dine indoors or on the patio. The
hotel has a garden courtyard with a large swimming pool, sundeck, and spa
tub. In addition to the hotel's fitness center, complimentary passes are
provided to Gold's gym a half-mile away. Internet access is available throughout
the hotel and in the Breeze Internet Café, an alcove in the bar
and grill. The Breeze Patio Bar and Grill serves breakfast, lunch, and
dinner indoors or on the patio, with a view of the pool.
Foothills Inn & Suites Tucson
Ramada Inn & Suites
Foothills Resort is located six miles from Tucson's airport, on Tucson's
Northeast side, adjacent to Udall Park. The hotel has taken on a completely
new look, with a major renovation of its guestrooms and public areas. The
renovation has modernized and improved the 16-year old hotel so that it
can better serve its guests. The Ramada Inn & Suites Foothills Resort
is situated along Restaurant Row within walking distance of many unique
shops. The newly refurbished rooms have been significantly upgraded, with
high quality in mind. The guestrooms are spacious and decorated in a contemporary,
Southwestern style. Rooms feature complimentary high-speed Internet access.
The hotel offers its guests a heated outdoor pool and spa.
Limited Tucson West
The Ramada Limited Tucson
West is a comfortable oasis in a beautiful desert city. There are so many
wonderful services and amenities that this hotel offers for the convenience
of the guest. You will want to start the day off right with a deluxe complimentary
light breakfast with waffles. The hotel is close to major attractions including
the AZ Sonora Desert Museum, El Fronterizo, El Presidio Park, Garces Footbridge,
Old Tucson and the Sabino Canyon. Each of the 134 tastefully appointed
pet-free guestrooms are spacious and feature a fresh décor, rich
wood furniture, large desks, bright bathrooms, cable TV, coffee makers
and alarm clock radios.
Lodge At Ventana Canyon Tucson
Just outside Tucson, The
Lodge at Ventana Canyon is a golf and nature lover's paradise with Arizona's
beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop to the resort and its
spectacular championship courses. It truly is one of America's top golf
resorts. Enjoy panoramic canyon views from your room and patio or
step outside to enjoy a host of outdoor pleasures, including a match on
the illuminated tennis courts, a workout in the 24-hour fitness center,
a swim in our gorgeous Junior Olympic pool or exploration of the mystical
desert canyons on horseback. If you would like to play some golf, play
one of two championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio and managed
by Troon Golf.
Look Resort Tucson
The Westward Look Resort
is a beautiful resort located 15 miles from Tucson International Airport.
Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance
of desert sunshine, a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty
of its pristine natural surroundings. Home to an amazing variety of birds,
plants and wildlife, this lush 80-acre oasis is an ideal choice for nature
lovers, romantics, families or those simply seeking a serene escape from
daily pressures. The newly renovated Westward Look Resort combines world-class
facilities, gourmet dining and luxurious spa treatments in a naturally
beautiful setting to create a relaxing and unpretentious atmosphere. Outdoor
enthusiasts enjoy on-site horseback riding, hiking, biking, bird watching
and swimming, plus golf nearby.