Why Tucson in Summer Makes Sense


Why Tucson in Summer Makes Sense

By Burt Carey


It may be summer and surrounded by desert, but Tucson, Arizona, may very well be one of the best value-packed vacations you could book this year.

Here’s a place where those who like to explore will never go wanting for more to do, see and experience.

Tucson, Arizona, best value-packed vacations, summer getaway

Two important things happen in Tucson each summer that add to the city’s tourist appeal: Thousands of snowbirds and tens of thousands of college students have gone home for the summer, leaving this southern Arizona gem to visitors who revel in activities that span from hiking, golfing, rock climbing and other outdoor activities, to museums, casinos and a vibrant nightlife.

Take a hike or a casual walk along the Anza Trail, or visit the Coronado National Forest. For the adventuresome, take a horseback ride through the Sonoran Desert, or take a day trip to Saguaro National Park. There’s rock climbing and hiking on 9,000-foot Mt. Lemmon, and mountain biking, of course.

Sure, Tucson is surrounded by desert. But elevations changes help the local area to support nine life zones, from desert to grasslands to alpine forest.

If the heat prevents you from spending an entire day outside, Tucson is home to a variety of museums. The 80-acre Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world. Its collection of 300 aircraft from around the world includes civilian, military and commercial aviation. See the SR-71 Blackbird up close, the B-29 Superfortress, B-52s, a 787 Dreamliner along with the world’s smallest bi-plane.

Visitors of the Titan Missile Museum will experience what it was like on the front line of the Cold War. It’s the only publicly accessible Titan II missile site in the United States.

One of Tucson’s newest attractions is the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Visitors are seemingly transported to different lands and times through stories told by over 300 miniature houses and room boxes, expertly displayed in over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art exhibit space.

And the International Wildlife Museum features collections of natural history from around the world with hands-on exhibits and the Wildlife Theater.

Finding a place to stay won’t be difficult. The Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center sits on 34 acres of natural desert landscape in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Thirty private casitas, guest rooms and suites are surrounded by botanical gardens. The resorts adobe structures feature hand-carved, wood-beamed ceilings built in 1929.

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is also in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. It sits on 250 acres and offers incredible views of the surrounding mountains and desert. Recently renovated to the tune of $35 million, the resort spared no expense on guest rooms that range from 475 to 1,900 square feet, its 27 holes of Jack Nicklaus Signature golf and five swimming pools.

And the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort, also in the Santa Catalina Mountains, offers the Desert Springs Oasis and its three pools that include a 143-foot waterslide, a kid’s pool and the adult-only Acacia pool. The El Conquistador boasts the largest resort tennis facility in the West, with 31 lighted tennis courts, and also features 45 holes of championship golf.

After all of that activity, you’ll want something cold and wet to cool you down. Tucson is home to a number of microbreweries, including Gentle Ben’s Brewing Company, Barrio Brewing Company, Nimbus Brewing Company (two locations), and Thunder Canyon Brewery.

Take a stroll through Main Gate Square to feast at over 30 international restaurants and cafes, where outdoor seating along tree-lined streets adds pleasure to your dining experience. Main Gate Square also offers fashion shopping, seven salons and spas and a wide variety of activities – wine tasting, live music, art openings, craft beers and more – to make your visit just that much more special.

Sounds like Tucson could be the summer getaway you’ve wanted for quite some time! Visit http://www.visittucson.org to plan your trip.


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle

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