Old Pima Courthouse, Tucson, Arizona (Uyen Le/PhotoDisc/Getty)

Fall landscape in Tucson, Arizona (Larry D Fellows/Arizona Office of Tourism)

Resort landscape in Tucson, Arizona (Jamie Halverson/Arizona Office of Tourism)

Skyline of Tucson, Arizona (Corbis)

Sunset in desert Tuscan Arizona (iStockphoto)

Tucson skyline after dark, Arizona (iStockphoto)

Tucson, Arizona (iStockphoto)

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What to do in Tucson

The southern Arizona city has reliably sun-drenched weather all winter long and is strikingly set in an expansive valley with saguaro cacti and craggy peaks. With Saguaro National Park and a number of preserves and recreation areas, Tucson attracts hordes of hikers and bikers, including pros and teams escaping the snowy roads of the north. The University of Arizona adds a youthful vitality, and the town’s distinctly Spanish-inspired soul and strong Native American community offer a rich cultural legacy. Explore evidence of this multicultural heritage at Native American archaeological sites like Murray Springs and Dankworth Village, Spanish-colonial churches, and Tubac, Arizona’s first European settlement. What lured Tucson’s first residents also lures its modern-day visitors: mild, sunny weather and a striking desert landscape.

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