Hotel at a Glance: Viscount Suite Hotel
One of the first things you’ll notice about the Viscount Suite Hotel is its sunlit four-story atrium. It makes the center of the hotel feel like an outdoor courtyard with fountains, string lights, and patio tables. The property is just 4 miles from the University of Arizona’s gorgeous campus, which resembles a Mediterranean oasis in the middle of the desert.
- Deal perk: This getaway 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.
- Spacious suites feature mini refrigerators, Keurig coffeemakers, and two televisions apiece.
- Mingle with other guests and enjoy complimentary snacks at the daily manager’s reception.
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.