Tucson doesn't grab as many headlines as other travel destinations, but don't let that stop you from visiting the Old Pueblo. The city's southwestern spirit, cultural diversity and one-of-a-kind desert beauty are fertile ground for exploration. You'll find award-winning museums, a historic mission and even a national park within the city's borders. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the city's hiking trails, parks, extensive bike paths and amazing mountain views. Tucson is also a thriving college town, which means you'll find plenty of museums, galleries and other cultural attractions. For an easy tour of Tucson, get in the car and explore the city's historic downtown barrios, or simply take a sunset mountain drive over the mountains west of town.
Patricia Escarcega has lived in the Arizona desert since she was a teenager. She works as a writer and editor in Phoenix with her four dogs and two cats.
She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and is working on a novel about growing up in the 1990s.