Fantasy and science fiction writer Ray Bradbury may have only lived in Tucson for a few short years as a young child, but some of his thoughts as an adult are wise words of advice for anyone about to visit the city…or anywhere, for that matter: “Stuff your eyes with wonder, live as if you’ll drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.”
When you stay at one of the many resort hotels in Tucson, you won’t be wanting of wonder for your eyes. A stroll around town offers the opportunity explore world-class museums, drop by a unique art gallery, or marvel at a massive public mural. The stuff of the creative mind turns to natural wonder as you venture out of town for a day hike on a challenging mountain trail, a horseback ride though a scenic canyon, or a bird-watching expedition along the banks of a seasonal wash. “We’re all dreamers,” as Bradbury said. After a full day of taking in the wonder stuff in and around the Old Pueblo, a well-deserved night’s sleep at one of the colorful Tucson hotels is sure to conjure kaleidoscopic dreams of tawny and mocha mountains, juniper and sage chaparral, and tiffany and Maya skies.
What Are the Best Places to Stay in Tucson?
With ample Tucson lodging options throughout the area, you won’t have to look very far to find your perfect spot. Hotels in downtown allow you to walk to the many shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. But, when you are deciding where to stay in Tucson, we recommend getting a resort on the outskirts of town where you can be close to the beauty that beckons you to the Sonoran Shangri La. These are the two most popular outdoor destinations as well as a few hotel choices:
Santa Catalina Natural Area
From the washes in Sabino Canyon to the peak of Mt. Lemmon, the trails that run throughout the Santa Catalina Mountains offer picturesque possibilities at every turn. Whether you take a springtime walk through the blooming desert or a strenuous hike through the stoic cacti, your eyes will surely be rewarded with welcomed wonder and your body cradled at the end of a long day at one of these comfy hotels:
- Loews Ventana Canyon Resort: With a sea of green carved out against the desert backdrop, this luxury resort has two championship golf courses, almost 80,000 square feet of event space (including 40,000 square feet being outdoor), a Conde Nast Traveler Top 100 resort spa, and two heated pools. Guestrooms offer a private patio or balcony, oversized tubs, and custom bedding.
- Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa: Originally a family hacienda built in 1912, the 80-acre property offers sophisticated Sonoran serenity. Soothe away the tensions with a desert botanical therapy treatment at the spa, enjoy an upscale Southwestern dinner at GOLD (the on-site restaurant), then sip a glass of local wine on your private patio under the canopy of stars before retiring to your pillow-top mattress, 300-thread count sheets, and down-stuffed pillows.
- Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort: The majestic palm trees rising from the grand courtyard beckon you to this 500-acre Sonoran oasis. Challenge yourself with 45 holes of championship golf and 31 tennis courts, or relax in one of four swimming pools or hot and cold tubs. Hold an event in over 65,000 square feet of flexible space and select from one of four on-site dining options.
Tucson Mountain Park
With equestrian areas, the Desert Discovery Center, picnic grounds, an observation overlook, and a web of hiking trails, you won’t be lacking of attractions in this outdoor adventure land.
- JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa: The lush green fescue grasses of the manicured golf courses give way to the saguaro cacti of the Sonoran foothills at this distinctive, sophisticated resort. Start your day with a workout in the fitness room, hit the links in a quest to break par, then soothe your aching muscles with a revitalizing massage at Hashani Spa. When hunger hits, choose from Southwestern, Mediterranean, American, or Mexican fare at the four on-site eateries. As the day ends, unwind in your guestroom with décor reflecting the desert landscape.
Let Travelocity help you book your stay in the Old Pueblo. You’ll have a wide assortment of accommodations to select from like cheap hotels near Tucson, luxury resorts in the enchanting Sonoran Desert, and affordable rooms across the city. Another Ray Bradbury saying reminds us “if you enjoy living, it is not difficult to keep the sense of wonder.” In that spirit, a trip to Tucson will certainly serve to add a world of wonder to your already enjoyable life.