Hotel at a Glance: Sheraton Tucson Hotel & Suites
Paprika-colored couches and outdoor fire pits lend southwestern flair to this Sheraton hotel. In the evening, you can enjoy a cocktail and s’mores in the courtyard or relax in a nearby pool and hot tub. Rooms feature plush Sheraton Sweet Sleeper beds and free WiFi.
- Fire + Spice Restaurant offers up a tasty blend of Native American, Spanish, and Mexican dishes, such as fire-roasted salmon and skirt-steak chimichurri.
- Dining discount: Guests who purchase this Groupon will receive a 15% discount on food and beverages during their stay (alcohol not included).
- Sample premium wines rated 90 or higher by Wine Spectator during the Sheraton Social Hour, which takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays ($5 for two 2-oz. pours).
- Get your Starbucks fix at the onsite Link Cafe, which offers freshly brewed coffee and snacks.
- Things to do: See 17th-century homes in the Spanish-Mexican Barrio Historico district, see Latin American and modern art at the Tucson Museum of Art, and leave the city behind while hiking Sabino Canyon.
Tucson, Arizona: Southwestern History and Culture Amid the Cacti
Tucson—or the Old Pueblo—is a bastion of southwestern culture surrounded by mountains and desert. Over the city’s long history, it’s absorbed elements from the many peoples who have lived or passed through here: Native Americans, Europeans, Latinos, and Asians to name a few. Today, this unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chilies rellenos, sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vintners.
Those willing to make the short trip outside of downtown can soak up the area’s gorgeous natural landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a combined botanical garden and zoo. Here, mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants inhabit 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. This 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 an interior adorned with frescoes and sculptures.