Hotel at a Glance: Viscount Suite Hotel
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Viscount Suite Hotel is its four-story, sunlit atrium. It makes the center of the hotel feel like an outdoor courtyard with fountains, string lights, and patio tables. The hotel is also just five miles from the University of Arizona’s gorgeous campus, which resembles a Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the desert. This all-suite hotel lets guests stretch out: two-room suites have more than 500 square feet of space.
- Deal perk: This deal comes with a $10 dining credit at Wilbur’s Grill, which serves burgers, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and more.
- Go for a swim in the outdoor pool, or relax in the hot tub.
- In-suite amenities: mini-refrigerator, microwave, Keurig coffeemaker, and two televisions
- Mingle with other guests and enjoy complimentary snacks from Wilbur’s Grill at the daily manager’s reception held from 4–7 p.m.
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.