Since its origins as a Spanish occupation in the 18th century, Tucson has long been a cultural and historical hub. Throughout its years as a territory and later a city when Arizona became a state in 1912, the Old Pueblo has seen the birth of Spanish missions, historic landmarks, and unique destinations. Tucson is a city full of must-see monuments for history buffs of all ages.
The Sonoran Desert is a bustling ecosystem of wildlife and native fauna. While many of the animals that roam the Old Pueblo are not keen to humans, they are an integral part of Tucson’s identity. To see many of these critters up close and personal, but from a safe distance, the Sonoran Desert Museum offers an inside look into the natural habitat of many species that thrive in the dry climate.
August is synonymous with back-to-school. While students are preparing for the year ahead, Tucson tourists can enjoy the hustle and bustle of the city and the many activities the University of Arizona provides. Only a 20-minute drive to the heart of campus, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is an ideal place for Wildcat fans of all ages to stay.
With so many attractions and sights to see in Arizona, it can seem overwhelming to pick just a few to visit during a trip. However, Tucson provides an excellent jumping-off point to travel and explore popular desert destinations. If you’re looking for a quick day trip from Arizona, check out our top picks.
Arizona is well-known for its beautiful mountain ranges, stunning sunsets, and gorgeous Sonoran Desert landscape. However, it is also known for heat waves and summer temperatures over 100 degrees F. Before your visit, brush up on a few summer safety tips that will help you stay cool and healthy during your stay.
The Old Pueblo is officially a foodie’s destination. Recently awarded membership into the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Gastronomy, Tucson can now claim its title as the only U.S. city to be given the honor. The award recognizes what native Tucsonans have bragged about for years: Tucson food is some of the best in the world. At The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, we aim to serve the best cuisine the city has to offer.
Part of the excitement of traveling is seeing what is trending in other cities. Tucson is a retail hub brimming with eclectic shops offering everything from traditional western wear to high-end fashion.
As you may imagine, Tucson is known for sandals, shorts, and don’t forget cowboy boots! Here is a list of the top shopping centers in town to make navigating Tucson retail a bit easier.
While Tucson can be an easygoing town with a slow pace suitable for adults seeking leisure or play, it can also be a wondrous destination that engages the imagination of children. The desert setting with mountain backdrops, open skies, unique cacti and plants, plus our Old West history, can ignite their sense of adventure for a vacation getaway they’ll never forget. Tucson has plenty of kid-friendly attractions that let them get up close and personal with the unique aspects of the region.