Plush Hotel with Seven-Story Atrium Lobby Overlooking the Santa Catalina Mountains
The Santa Catalina Mountains run along the northeastern edge of Tucson. Rugged hiking trails crisscross through the desert terrain of the lower peaks, leading to scenic overlooks where you can get spectacular views of the city and surrounding canyons. Mount Lemmon—the tallest peak at 9,000 feet above sea level—is the southernmost ski destination in the United States. You can look out onto these rocky peaks from the seven-story atrium lobby of the Hilton Tucson East, located just 6 miles east of downtown.
The plush guest rooms that surround the atrium have views of the pool, mountain, or city. Executive rooms are located on secure, key-access floors, and guests of these rooms can enjoy deluxe continental breakfast each morning and a manager’s reception each evening with hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine.
Head to Vistas Bar and Grille to use your dining credit on a hot buffet breakfast (extra fee) that includes made-to-order omelets and waffles. The restaurant also serves homestyle cuisine for lunch and dinner on a covered terrace that overlooks the hotel’s heated outdoor pool, which doubles as a room for your extended mermaid family.
Tucson, Arizona: Southwestern History and Culture amid the Cacti
Tucson—or the Old Pueblo—is a bastion of southwestern history and rich culture surrounded by mountains and desert. It has existed as an outpost for years, and as such has absorbed elements from European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian cultures. Today, this unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, delicately prepared sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vintners.
Those willing to make the short trip outside of downtown can better soak up the area's gorgeous natural landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo located about 25 miles west of the hotel. There, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants spread across 21 acres of desert scenery.
Mission San Xavier del Bac, the "White Dove of the Desert," is one of the oldest intact European structures in Arizona. The sprawling white adobe church, located about 10 miles south of downtown, was built in the 1700s. It's a striking example of the area's Spanish colonial architecture, with interiors lined with frescoes and fine sculpture.