A comprehensive guide to Tucson and surrounding areas with hundreds of lodging, dining, and recreational recommendations.
Explore the friendly, laid-back, border city of Tucson with this comprehensive addition to the Great Destinations series. This place of red deserts, awe-inspiring mountains, and cactus forests is also replete with history: Tucson was originally settled by ancient Native American peoples, Spanish explorers, and Anglo frontiersmen, and their legacy is clearly evident.
While the Tucson area holds special appeal for naturalists, hikers, and birdwatchers, there are countless outdoor recreation options availableeverything from ballooning to trail riding on horsebackand myriad indoor options like museums and galleries, music and dance performances, too. Tucson’s world-class resorts and spas, along with its top-rated golf courses, make it one of the best relaxation destinations in the country. And there’s no better Sonoran food north of the Mexican border than here in the Old Pueblo. Tucson offers something for everyone.
Detailed maps and the author’s selective recommendations make this book a must-have for travelers and residents alike.
About the Author
Kim Westerman, originally from North Carolina, moved to Tucson in 1990 to pursue an MFA in poetry at the University of Arizona. She stayed for 16 years. She’s now based in Berkeley, California, but she visits her old stomping grounds when she needs a Mexican food fix and unmitigated sunshine. She is married to food journalist Carol Ness.
Table of Contents
The Way This Book Works 9
1 History: From Cow Town to Urban Center 11
Natural History 12
Basic Topography 12
Origin of the Basin and Range 12
More Recent Geological Activity 15
Fossil Record 15
Social History 16
Early People 16
The Hohokam 16
The Akimel O'odham and Tohono O'odham 18
The Establishment of Tucson 20
Tucson Today 22
2 Transportation: Getting There & Getting Around 27
3 Lodging: The Best Places for Any Budget 35
4 Culture: Multicultural Convergence 61
5 Restaurants & Food Purveyors: Salud! 111
6 Recreation: Indoor & Outdoor Fun 151
7 Shopping: Fab Finds 185
8 Information: Practical Matters 303
9 If Time Is Short:: Best of Tucson 217
General Index 219
Lodging by Price 229
Dining By Price 230
Dining By Cuisine 231
Tucson Metropolitan Area 28
Downtown Tucson 62
University of Arizona 67