Hear about travel to Tucson, Arizona as the Amateur Traveler talks to Misty Foster from Green Suitcase Travel about her adopted desert home.
Misty says of Tucson, “It’s a dry heat. I say that jokingly but I do know a lot of people think the desert is so hot. Yes, there are some months when it is very hot, but there’s a good 6-8 months out of the year when it is absolutely beautiful. Especially right now (January) our highs are in the 60s and 70s and we have a “snowbird” population that comes down just for that reason. I have actually come to love the summer.”
She recommends we start by getting out into nature. There are great hikes. There are caverns and natural wonders. “Arizona, in general, is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. People come for bird watching. Spend some time out in the foothills in one of our many resorts.” Or she suggests spending a few days camping on mount Lemmon instead. The base of Mount Lemmon is Saguaro National Park and there is great biodiversity on the mountain.
Come into town for the arts and cultural activities. “Tucson is cool because it is this untouched mid-century modern city. It still feels like it’s the late 60s in a lot of ways but it’s also had a renaissance in the last 5 years.” Misty tells us some of the shops that we should visit on 4th avenue as well as what to see downtown.
We talk about the history of Tucson which dates from 1775, which is old by western U.S. standards. Tucson also has its place in the west of dime novels and gunslingers as Tombstone is a convenient day trip from Tucson.
People come from all over the world to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show that celebrates the richness of the state’s resources. Misty also recommends the Tucson Jazz Festival and the Tucson Festival of Books.
We learn where to get some great tacos and tamales (and other southwestern food) as well as why you should buy a Sonoran hot dog.
Come with the snowbirds or come in the hot summer when the locals have the town to themselves but see why this city my capture you… like it did Dillinger.
Green Suitcase Travel
Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Miraval Arizona Resort and Spa
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
University of Arizona
Mercado San Agustin
Saguaro National Park
Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón
Mission San Xavier del Bac
Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson Jazz Festival
Tucson Festival of Books
Flandrau Science Center
Reid Park Zoo
El Guero Canelo
Sonoran hot dog
Tucson Tamale Company
El Charro Cafe
Copper Queen Hotel
The Circus Academy Tucson
Sonoran Hot Dog in Tucson
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