Great Destinations Tucson: A Complete Guide

Great Destinations Tucson: A Complete Guide


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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 available—everything from ballooning to trail riding on horseback—and 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781581570465
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 11/02/2009
Series: Great Destinations Series
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.08(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.65(d)

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

Acknowledgments 8

Introduction 8

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


Arizona 6

Tucson Metropolitan Area 28

Downtown Tucson 62

University of Arizona 67

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