Tucson, nicknamed Old Pueblo, is a city in southeast Arizona on the Santa Cruz River with a mix of Spanish and Native American cultures and heritage. The name Tucson is derived from a Papago term for “foot of the mountain” and the city sits in a high desert valley that is popular with tourists who flock to experience Tucson's range of boutique hotels and upscale inns. Originally based on an old Spanish mission the city nowadays has two main centers, a historic core and a more contemporary district around the University of Arizona to the east.
When to visit TucsonThe tourist season extends from December to April and with the average January temperatures averaging around 63ºF it's the perfect season to travel to Tucson. The Fiesta de los Vaqueros, the Tucson Rodeo, in February and the Gem and Mineral Show in the same month are both popular. Visitors have more scope to book rooms in July when the average temperatures soar to 99ºF.
How to get to TucsonTucson International Airport (TUS) lies about 8 miles south of downtown, There are plenty of hotels on Tucson Boulevard, which runs north-south towards the airport. The city is bisected by the I-10 interstate, and Amtrak and Greyhound services stop centrally.
Tucson attractionsChief among Tucson attractions is the Old Spanish Mission, San Xavier del Bac, some 10 miles to the south. Fremont House is a building of original adobe construction. Tucson Convention Center is conveniently situated in downtown Tuscon and there is an array of convention center hotels to suit all needs. The Doubletree Hotel in midtown is convenient for Reid Park Zoo and the University of Arizona. Out of town amid the Santa Catalina foothills is the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and nearby the luxury boutique inn Tanque Verde, actually a ranch, both excellent places to escape the summer heat of the city.
Where to stay in TucsonTucson hotels are widespread throughout the city, and whether you require a resort hotel or a pet-friendly establishment, Hotels.com can offer a great variety of accommodations to suit all budgets, Outside of downtown there are numerous apartments and motels.