Tucson, Arizona

The Old Pueblo, as people fondly call Tucson, is a blend of Native America, Spain, Mexico, and Europe out in the Sonoran Desert. It is also a 21st century mecca of fine arts and hip culture. Experience vibrant winter and spring art festivals in the on-trend 4th Avenue District. Discover the brightly-painted historic adobe houses in Barrio Viejo a few blocks south of the Convention Center.

Beautiful Mission San Xavier del Bac dates to the late 1700's, when Tucson was an outpost of the Spanish empire. You can also find city tranquility in the ten gardens of Tohono Chul Park. Venture out to the desert - spring wildflowers carpet the hills in spectacular colors. Hike trails in the Dragoon Mountains where the Chiricahua Apaches once made their camps. Explore mountain biking for all skill levels in Catalina State Park. Behold the giant Saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park, silhouetted against a Senoran Desert orange and purple sunset.

Old West ranches and saloons thrived in 19th century Southern Arizona. Transport back to the wild frontier at Old Tucson Studios, an actual 70-year old film location. Then, enjoy Mexico City cuisine at rustic Penca restaurant downtown. Or, share Spanish seafood with friends at Casa Vicente, as flamenco guitar serenades you.

Photo 2: Courtesy Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau

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