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Although Tucson's excellent climate, national parks and forests, and desert landscape provide the perfect environment for lots of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. The town served as a colonial outpost for both the Spanish and Mexicans and also has a rich Native American history.

Saguaro cacti near Tucson, ArizonaToday Tucson boasts turn-of-the-century architecture, a host of museums and the San Xavier del Bac Mission, a still-functioning 18th-century mission considered one of the most beautiful in the USA. The city's rich heritage is evident in its distinctly Western flavour and pervasive Mexican and Native American influences, although there's also a college-town atmosphere, thanks to the University of Arizona, which has its own share of museums and a science centre.

Whether golfing, horse riding, hiking in the wilderness, discovering desert flora and fauna at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, or exploring pre-Columbian and other art at the Tucson Art Museum, there is plenty to see. The highlight of the region however, has to be the nearby Saguaro National Park, home to many of the Sonora Desert's monumental saguaro cacti.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Tucson

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Tucson, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Tucson

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Tucson. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • The swimming pool at Tanque Verde Ranch,Tucson

      Tanque Verde Ranch

      First Class

      Set in the foothills of the Rincon Mountains east of Tucson, Tanque Verde Ranch is ideal for adventurous horseback adventures and for those looking to sample the great outdoors.

    • White Stallion Ranch, Tucson

      White Stallion Ranch

      Medium

      The White Stallion is an informal ranch and working cattle station featuring spacious guest rooms with private patios overlooking either the cactus gardens or mountains.

    • Loews Ventana Canyon

      Loews Ventana Canyon

      First Class

      Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is located on a plateau high above the city of Tucson. Its 93 acres offer a distinct desert style of accommodation coupled with modern luxury.