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110 E Pennington St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
No, you don't have the wrong address—this is indeed a downtown office building and parking garage. But don't be alarmed. Walk through the door, and Café Poca Cosa's stylish interior tells you immediately that this is no boring strip mall Tex-Mex...
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N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ, USA
Come here and you'll find a solar-powered bookstore, a Guatemalan restaurant, pubs, galleries, cafés, and this brick wall tribute to Gregory Colbert's "Boy Reading to Elephant." (The words that come to mind when I pass this street art are "tell me...
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311 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705, USA
El Charro sits in a converted set of historic houses & buildings a block off Tucson's old town district—the same location where it began serving food in 1922. We had lunch here, at a big old wooden table in a warmly decorated dining room. Ask to...
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Archaeological evidence shows human presence around this warm-spring-fed oasis NE of Tucson going back thousands of years. The grounds were a ranch from the late 19th through the mid-20th centuries; today it's free and open to the public. Weekends...
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Que Bonita offers furniture from the Sierra Madre, textiles from Guatemala, Peruvian ceramics, Native American jewelry from the Southwest—all on the way to (or from) Mt. Lemmon on Tucson's northeast side. This family-owned...
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2200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
I always stay at the Arizona Inn while in Tucson, the service is what many come for, but the architecture and old time Tucson feel is what I can't get enough of.
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Popsicles that are prickly? Well, prickly as in 'prickly pear' juice from the cactus fruit that ripens into a sweet, amethyst treat in midsummer in the deserts of the Southwest. They're called tuna in Spanish. Stop by the Farmers' Market on a...
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1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746, USA
Just to the southwest of Tucson, on the San Xavier Reservation, sits the late XVIII-century Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the U.S. The combination of late Baroque and Moorish-inspired...
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Barrio Viejo, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Adobe streetfront: door...window...sky. Color. Much of Tucson, like most western U.S. cities, is devoted to strip malls and parking lots, but the historic core still has blocks of 19th-century Sonoran-style row houses. In the 1960s, acres and...
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Hohokam Road, Tucson, AZ 85745, USA
Just beyond the western edge of Tucson, you'll find these Hohokam petroglyphs in Saguaro National Park. No one knows precisely when they were carved into the rocks, but Hohokam settlements in the Sonoran desert date back almost two thousand years....
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525 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Want to hang where the locals do? Come to The Duce. This place has everything you could possibly want, including a soda pop fountain, a bar serving Prohibition-era cocktails, an old-school clothesline, a boxing ring, hula hoops, a coffee stand,...
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2041 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
America’s Taco Shop (named for owner America Corrales) is exactly the kind of place you want to find when looking for a quick, fresh, and authentic lunch in Phoenix. It is an easy-going place with a limited menu of great food. When I say limited,...
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10 W Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85013, USA
Frances Vintage has secured itself as a local gem. By bringing in local designers for special events and partnering up with their neighboring shops, they have been known as a Phoenix staple for over five years. The studio space features an...
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Phoenix, AZ, USA
There are few places where you can better learn about the beauty and complexity of desert ecology than the Desert Botanical Garden, not far from downtown Phoenix. Check out the Desert Discovery Loop Trail for a look at local flora, go for a...
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4502, 3146 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
Rated A+ by Phoenix Magazine for best burgers. These are worth going out of your way to check out, and carry out is a very good option. There is a small patio eating area that looks out on a shopping center parking lot. The inside is cool blue....
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Scottsdale Vista Estates, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
In downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, there's a new taco place called Barrio Queen Tequileria. They serve more than 50 kinds of tacos, and I wish I could have tried them all. I lingered there yesterday, and enjoyed a long lunch of shrimp and carnitas...
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12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
The city’s most famous snowbird, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, spent winters at his home and architecture school in the Sonoran Desert. Taliesin West brings the horizontal lines and organic materials of Prairie School design to the desert...
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A rainbow of colors inspired by Arizona wildflowers brightens the new Saguaro hotel. Here, 194 rooms wrap around two pools: one for fun, the other for quiet (and outdoor yoga classes on the deck). At Distrito restaurant, Iron Chef Jose Garces...
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7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The museum's collection and calendar of exhibits is a little more daring than you might imagine, but the permanent installation of James Turrell's Knight Rise presents visitors with the biggest art jolt of all. The work, open to the public for...
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6166 N Scottsdale Rd #601, Scottsdale, AZ 85253, USA
Tacos. Traditionally Mexican. These days, however, tacos are taking on some new personalities. Though some of the most memorable flavors I've ever had on a corn tortilla are still traditional, (pickled onions, please) there are a few new taco...
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3815 N Brown Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
You will want reservations to get into this place. The Mission Restaurant and Lounge serves modern Latin cuisine in a fantastic bar restaurant with a wonderful outdoor back patio (seen here). The chef is Matthew Carter, also known for the House...
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7011 E Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Tis the season to be jolly! If you’re feeling festive around the holidays or perhaps you want to keep Christmas going all year long, then a visit to the Coach House should be on your holiday wish list. When the holiday season approaches, ...
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15301 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
Scottsdale has become the epicenter of outdoor promenades and upscale fashion in Arizona. Scottsdale Quarter, an open-air shopping complex, combines a bit of desert feel with a variety of popular stores and great local restaurants. This playground...
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15323 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254, USA
They offer a fresh take on modern, simple Mexican cuisine. It seems one can't go wrong with an order of the naked guacamole or the chorizo and mushrooms con queso to start. The taco flight or the taco vampiro are delicious, but watch out for the...
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4925 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The resort, now called Scott Resort & Spa, is under new management.

FireSky Resort & Spa’s natural-meets-contemporary style is centered on the elements of earth, wind, water and fire. Its lobby, designed to look like a grander version...
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7014 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Scottsdale Fashion Square is always the first place on every visiting fashionista’s list. This is where hyper-trendy brands like Zara, H&M, and Barneys New York opened their first Arizona locations, and where you can browse ultra-luxe labels like...
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7083 E 5th Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
When summer fades and the temperatures start too cool down, people awake from hibernation and their safely air conditioned cars and apartments to enjoy Arizona's best time of year. A perfect way to enjoy Scottsdale's outdoor space is to stroll...
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Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ, USA
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic district has plenty to peruse. Shop for cowboy wares, authentic Native American artifacts, and handcrafted leather goods. People who are into Southwestern décor love Shades of the West, which was once Scottsdale’s...
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Kierland Commons, Phoenix, AZ 85254, USA
Across the street from Scottsdale Quarter is another outdoor mall called Kierland Commons, a Main Street-like promenade known for its high-end stores like 42 Saint, Harari, and Juicy Couture. If you’re not into the fancy-name brands, cruise...
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7333 E Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Apparently, you don’t need a rockin’ house or an haute hotel to throw a massive pool party. The only thing missing from the poolside shindigs at these downtown Scottsdale bars are the floaties. First, there’s Spanish Fly Mexican Beach Club with...
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7277 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
More than 30,000 people flood downtown’s bars, lounges and clubs on any given weekend and the majority of them have spent at least one wild night at the W Scottsdale. The hotel actually is home to two popular nightlife stops. The lobby Living Room...
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225 W University Dr #101, Tempe, AZ 85281, USA
Cartel Coffee is a growing establishment in Arizona, with a hip, edgy feel and a deep knowledge of the craft. While the coffee is consistently rated as among the best in Phoenix, the baked goods are anything but ordinary as well—try a bacon...
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902 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
I stumbled across GROWop while taking a little stroll down Roosevelt Row in downtown Phoenix. It's a clothes shop meets home decor store meets vintage finds meets local vegetable garden. GROWop (the name stands for 'growing opportunity') supports...
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4410 40th St, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
Located in a former orange grove, LGO is a neighborhood gem of a grocery store, café, pizzeria, wine shop, music store, and more. Parking is limited, so be patient or go by bike. If you come for lunch, try the Rocket Man pizza, topped with Fresno...
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918 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Revolver Records is a local music landmark in the Roosevelt Row Arts District. The front patio is converted into a stage for live music performances on First Fridays. The store is filled with vinyl, CDs, DVDs, and audio equipment—and was even...
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7167 E Rancho Vista Dr #111, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
This venue has closed.

A chef-owned restaurant in downtown Scottsdale, Posh specializes in improvisational dining and puts you in the expert hands of Joshua Hebert. It’s a unique concept that works like this: You select the number of courses...
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Charleston, SC, USA
A colonial classic, Charleston might initially come off as a little ye olde. But if you look more closely, this 340-year-old harbor city actually lives in the present. Bars reinvent Southern spirits, boutiques showcase new spins on cotton, and the...