Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city and a little colder than its desert cousin Phoenix. The city, which is affectionately known as "Old Pueblo," has retained its roots to this day. You can find elements of its Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and Old West influences in the city's architecture, restaurants, and friendly, relaxed vibe. What is particularly endearing about Tucson is its variety of outdoor locations worth planning day hikes for. Stay in one of many boutique hotels the city has to offer to get the best possible experience of Tucson, Arizona.
Since more than forty percent of the population is Hispanic, you will be able to practice your Spanish as well. To satisfy your taste buds, check out one of the many Mexican restaurants. In addition to the many delicious food hot spots and dive bars, Tucson has a range of shopping faculties for you to embrace, ranging from vintage to modern items.
Nowadays, the city might be a college town at heart. However, thanks to its rich history, the city perfectly blends Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo traditions. Hit up the different neighborhoods to get a glimpse into local cultures and peek behind the 19th-century buildings.
Although spending time wandering around the colorful historic buildings can be great fun, Tucson's best perks are located outside town. Whether you want to hike past giant cacti in the beautiful Saguaro National Park, watch the sun set over the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains, or check out the world-class Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, straying beyond the city limits is well worth it. This is best done with a rental car for the utmost flexibility.