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Tucson is a historically significant, culturally diverse city, where the lushness of the desert will surprise you. Surrounded by beautiful escapes into nature, the city boasts a budding foodie scene that you can enjoy on a warm, desert evening.
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7366 N Paseo Del Norte, Tucson, AZ 85704, USA
This park is open year-round and offers guided tours highlighting ecology, responsible stewardship of the natural world, and the art and culture of the Sonoran desert. In addition to the gardens, there are on-site galleries with permanent and...
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2458 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
Although Raging Sage is known for its locally roasted coffee, with close attention paid to sourcing sustainable beans, the wonderful baked goods are really, um, all the rage. Fresh scones fill the pastry display each morning, with a variety that...
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Ventana Canyon Mountain Estates, Catalina Foothills, AZ 85750, USA
A hike in the Santa Catalina Mountains will a memorable journey, full of surprises. Hidden from the average tourist are tiny natural pools in the middle of the Sonoran desert. Cool down during a hike in Catalina State Park by looking for signs of...
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5425 N Kolb Rd #115, Tucson, AZ 85750, USA
A little over a mile from where the deer roam in the saguaro-studded foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, sit down for some izakaya-style dining. Japanese "tapas" might not be a completely accurate description for this genre of shareable...
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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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5039 East 5th Street, Tucson, AZ 85711, USA
In mid-town Tucson, along with the best Tom Kha Gai soup in town, this mural awaits you in Char's Thai Restaurant. The juxtaposition of mythical Southeast Asian creatures and Monument Valley desert scenery makes for some very unlikely, but...
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The trail up Blackett's Ridge on the northeastern edge of Tucson leads to a rocky 'island' in the sky, some four thousand feet high, perched above two desert riparian canyons. Arizona's second largest city feels a world away from up here, even...
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7301 E Tanque Verde Rd # 191, Tucson, AZ 85715, USA
Far from his native Bologna, gelato master Nazario Melchiondo crafts tastes that have found a ready home in the desert city of Tucson, Arizona. Always fresh, it's made on site, and the flavors change seasonally. One decadent way to enjoy the...
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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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3233 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85716, USA
If you want a relaxing, unique night out, go to the Loft cinema in Tucson for creative movie experiences. At this non-profit theater you can expect sing-alongs, theme nights, and independent film festivals that immerse you in the action. The Loft...
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201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
La Cocina is a Southwestern gem, taking advantage of warm evenings and local culture to produce a truly Tucson experience. Sip at one of their cocktails—made with house-infused liquor—and enjoy a live concert. While you're here, grab a bite to eat...