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Tucson is a cultural oasis in the southwest, a busy college town with its finger on the artistic pulse and plenty of attractions to keep you occupied for a weekend, a week, or even longer. It’s a diverse place that shows of its Spanish, Mexican, Native American and British roots proudly, with plenty of history to explore, some excellent and varied restaurants, and many of Arizona’s most stunning natural areas within easy reach.
Tucson has its own transport hub in Tucson International Airport. It’s served by most commercial domestic and international airlines, and sits about 20 minutes south of the city centre. Or, fly into Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about two hours south on the I-10.
The main provider of hire cars in Tucson is Thrifty. They have a kiosk at Tucson Airport, so you can pick up your car and be on your way in minutes.
Spend some time in the area around Tucson and you might start to feel you’ve been sucked into an old Western film. And sure enough, plenty of those classic flicks were shot in the area, many of them at Old Tucson, which was built in 1939 as a set for the movie Arizona. In the years since, it’s served as the backdrop for shootouts involving everyone from Clint Eastwood to Leonardo Di Caprio, and then converted into a Wild West theme park, so expect plenty of cowboy re-enactments, showdowns and horse chases. At the time of research, adult admission was US$18, and US$11 for children.
While it would be easy to spend weeks wandering around Tucson, eating at the brilliant Mexican restaurants and picking up vintage clothes at the many thrift shops, the real rewards are outside of town. Start at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Equal parts zoo and museum, it’s home to creatures including coyote, prairie dogs and other desert critters. Make sure to pack some sunscreen, as you’ll need to walk some of the two miles of paths through their enclosures if you’d like to see them. Find it 35 minutes west of the city, in the middle of Tucson Mountain Park.
If you’ve driven in the US before, Tucson won’t be anything out of the ordinary. Drive on the right, and keep your licence, ID and insurance documents in the car with you at all times. Remember that cars can pass you on both sides on multi-lane highways.
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