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You're Going to Love Tucson

Arizona's second city isn't just a junior partner to Phoenix. It's a beautiful, welcoming family destination in its own right, and if you want to escape to the desert sunshine, there aren't many better places to visit.

Step into another world among the cacti and animal species at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Put your hands in the cool mountain stream at Sabino Canyons and share a glass of champagne with your partner. See the Kartchner caverns or the almost as cavernous Titan missile silo on Duval Mine Road. With attractions like this, Tucson is not short of ways with which to be entertained.

It's not lacking in first-class culture, food and drink either. Mexican eateries like Hacienda del Sol are in the top-ranked nationwide. The Tucson Music Hall always has a classical or rock concert to attend, and there are even local craft breweries like Thunder Canyon to explore. All-in-all, Tucson is the perfect place to escape from the weather and worries of home.

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What to do in Tucson

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When to Visit Tucson

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Winter is a superb time to visit Tucson, with mild weather, sunshine, and a chance to escape from the snow and rain elsewhere. However, the cultural life of the city really gets going around March and April. High summer is too hot for many people, so consider a trip in spring or fall to enjoy the best conditions.

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Where to Stay in Tucson

The main choices in Tucson are between luxury desert resort hotels and city center options. If you are looking for a spa escape, Tanque Verde Ranch can't be bettered. It offers massages, horse riding trails and much more. The Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa is close behind, while the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is ideal for golfing fans, with two 18-hole courses on site. In Downtown Tucson, the TownePlace Suites Tucson Williams Center is conveniently located, while the Riverpark Inn is handy for the University of Arizona.

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Shopping Streets

If you want to shop for souvenirs and craft products made by local artisans, Tucson is the place to be. Head to Silver Sea on 4th for locally crafted silver jewelry, Tucson Mineral and Gem World to pick up gorgeous rocks from the desert or Old Town Artisans to discover a huge range of Native American crafts. There are also larger malls like the Tucson Mall, which features plenty of major brands like American Eagle Outfitters.

Groceries and Other

If you are intending to self-cater during your Tucson vacation, you're in luck. Tucson has some of the most affordable grocery prices around, with a gallon of milk costing around $2.20 and 12 eggs $2.50. The best places to shop for fresh produce are local branches of Whole Foods and markets like FoodInRoot at St. Philip's Plaza. There are also major supermarkets to choose from, such as Walmart, El Super and Albertsons.

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Where to Eat in Tucson

Mexican food is king in Tucson. Some of the finest restaurants in town include El Molinito (which is also extremely affordable), El Charro Cafe and El Minuto, where the fresh tortillas are a highlight. But there's much more available than Mexican food. Yamato serves upscale sushi and other Japanese dishes, Angelo's is a fantastic Greek-Italian eatery, while if all you need is a meat-filled sandwich, Bison Witches is the perfect place. Dining out shouldn't be too expensive. A Mid-range meal costs around $13-15 and high-end places charge around $30.

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