Living in the desert has allowed me to explore and visit many vacation destinations. One of my favorite warm weather destinations is Tucson, Arizona. It has all of what a large city has, but on a smaller scale.
Many people visit Tucson for the fabulous weather, delicious food and terrific resorts. Whatever the reason may be for traveling to this desert destination, there are plenty of things to do in Tucson.
Where to Stay in Tucson
There are several fantastic resorts in the Tucson area. Depending on your preference and budget, there is just the right place for you to stay. When planning your visit, keep in mind what activities you would like to do. Tucson is spread out so I would suggest staying in the same vicinity of what you want to do.
I have listed my favorite places to stay. They each have their own vibe, which will help you fall in love with Tucson.
Hacienda Del Dol Guest Ranch Resort is a luxury historic resort located near the Santa Catalina Mountain Range. The scenery from this resort is breathtaking. Visit this resort, anytime of the year, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the customer service, food and surroundings.
The Arizona Inn is a historic boutique hotel that is family owned and operated since 1930. The hotel is located in the Midtown neighborhood, which is close to the University of Arizona. This hotel is centrally located in the city of Tucson.
The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is a great spot for adults and families. This resort offers plenty of things to do in Tucson such as golf, tennis, a spa, 5 pools and more! La Paloma has everything you would need during your stay. This resort is also located in north Tucson, near the Catalina Mountains.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is a great choice if you are planning on relaxing throughout your stay. This resort also has golf, a spa, tennis and pools. The views of the desert and mountains are beautiful. The resort also has the best Prickly Pear Margarita. You’ll have to order one, or two during your stay.
A little travel tip for you: if you are on a budget visit the resorts off season for a better hotel rate.
Things to do in Tucson
Visit the University of Arizona – The well known desert college has a great campus. Take a walk through campus and try out one of the great restaurants on University Boulevard or 4th Avenue.
Mount Lemmon is just an hour drive from Tucson. Take the scenic drive to over 9,000 feet and explore. Heading to Mount Lemmon will make you forget that you are in southern Arizona. This is a great place to visit if you are up for outdoor adventures.
If you golf, schedule a tee time at one of the two courses at The Gallery, Oro Valley Tucson.
There are several hiking trails in Tucson. Staying near the Catalina Mountain Range will allow you to be even closer to several trail heads.
Where to Eat in Tucson
Frog & Firkin – If you’re near the University of Arizona and are looking for a place to eat with outdoor dining, make a stop at Frog’s. They have a great menu that includes tasty sandwiches, pizza and more! I suggest ordering the Lady Di with fries. This restaurant is located on University Boulevard and is near many good spots that are bound to have some college students there as well.
Beyond Bread is well known for their incredible sandwiches and soups. You really need to grab a bite to eat at any of their Tucson locations. My favorite items on the menu are the tomato basil soup, Bart’s Bag (turkey) sandwich and Ollie’s Original (veggie) sandwich.
El Charro is another well known Tucson restaurant. There are three locations for this restaurant, but my favorite is their downtown spot. It’s the original restaurant and is the oldest Mexican food restaurant in the nation that has been continuously running by the same family. The food is traditional Mexico-Sonoran style food. You can’t leave this restaurant without ordering a margarita, a cheese crisp and the crispy chicken flautas. This restaurant is a true taste of Tucson!
If you’re looking for a delicious steak, take a drive to Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse. This restaurant is known for its mesquite grilled steaks. The restaurant also serves chicken, ribs and fish. The servings are large and this is a spot you just won’t forget visiting.
Tucson is a wonderful desert getaway that will surely help you unwind and enjoy the desert. This is definitely a destination worth visiting!
Kelly Miller is married with two daughters and they reside in Arizona. She worked as an educator and transitioned to the produce industry. In her spare time, Kelly shares all of the fun that living in the desert has to offer on her blog, Life in the Desert. You can see what her life in the desert is all about my following her on Instagram.