A bustling college town where freight trains rumble and old West meets south of the border, Tucson is Arizona’s second-largest city, but it still exudes a small town feel. Distinct neighborhoods and 19th-century buildings give it a rich sense of community and history not found in the more modern and sprawling Phoenix, which boasts a more cosmopolitan (though disputably soulless) energy.
Attractive, fun and one of the most culturally invigorating places in the Southwest, Tucson is set in a flat valley surrounded by craggy, oddly shaped mountains. The place is rich in Hispanic heritage (more than 20% of the population is of Mexican or Central American descent), so Spanish slides easily off most tongues and high-quality Mexican restaurants abound. The eclectic shops touting vintage garb, scores of funky restaurants and dive bars don’t let you forget Tucson is a college town at heart, home turf to the 35, 000-strong University of Arizona (U of A).
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Tucson Day Tour
Travel to Tucson, often referred to as The Old Pueblo. One of Arizona’s oldest cities, Tucson boasts rich Spanish heritage and charming Southwest architecture. You'll have time to enjoy the exhibits and lunch on your own. Visit San Xavier Mission with its beautiful art and unique history.