Tucson isn't very far from the Valley and yet the differences are apparent. It has a unique feel about it, a distinct identity, and a story to tell. You can trace that story through the historic Tucson neighborhood. Or go back further to the San Xavier del Bac Mission which was built in 1797, a reminder of the Spanish missionaries that once roamed here. Sometimes, that story is better understood through the many flavors this foodie city has on offer. There is no shortage of bakeries, cafes, and restaurants with vibrant and alluring menus. Tucson can almost feel like a city of indulgence, yet there is more rustic and natural too.
The Desert Museum is one of the best ways to get a full taste of the habitat and wildlife in the area. If some western culture is what you fancy try Old Tucson to experience gold panning, observe old-fashioned blacksmiths, or even watch a staged cowboy gunfight. Tucson is also filled with art galleries, hiking trails, shopping, and museums. One museum, in particular, specializes in everything miniature: The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Here you will find doll houses and miniature art of all kinds, some dating back hundreds of years. There is much to do and see, enough to fill up a whole day or a whole weekend.
Where to Stay: White Stallion Ranch
Where to Drink: The Still Speakeasy
Where to Eat: Buendia Breakfast and Lunch