If you’re the sort to love scenery, mountainous ones especially, deserts and a laid back summer then Tucson is the place for you. Surrounded by mountainous terrain from all directions, Tucson is far from your average American cities with their hustle bustle and sky scrapers. The city has quite a few hotels, the Westin La Palome Resort and the tourist-favorite Westward Look Resort, to name a few. They all provide excellent views of the mountains and are away from the unwelcome noise of traffic and other disturbances apart from the welcome sounds of birds and wild animals.
Populated by 520,116 people, situated in South Arizona, Tucson has the reputation of having a cow-boy mentality and the people here and very laid back. As a tourist you will need to have your own car as the most famous tourist sites are inaccessible by public transport. This, fortunately, can be achieved in very affordable rates. The bus routes in Tucson was awarded the best Transit System in 2005 and serves as the best way to travel within the Tucson metropolitan area. Also, since the temperature in Tucson is, the sort one would expect in a desert, ranging from 77F to 101F to be specific, it is advisable to pack accordingly. However the desert, the sunshine, mountainous terrain and the weather all make the trip even more exciting as one feels like an explorer in the wild almost out an Indiana Jones movie.
Tucson offers a chance to explore the mountains that border it. Hiking is an option many tourists love to opt for. The Colossal Cave Mountain Park is not only a look into ancient history but the mysterious caves in the mountains hold adventure and the routes within are a maze themselves. Another activity that is a favorite amongst tourists is a drive to Mt. Lemmon, highest peak of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The scenery slowly unfolds from the residential areas to the desert and then to green forest as eventually you reach the mountains. The road trip is exciting and the scenery is spectacular. The road is well-supplied with inns and stops. Other must-see locations are Saguaro National Park West, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the Old Tucson Studios movie set/theme park. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a combined zoo, museum, and botanical garden, devoted to indigenous animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert. The animals here are not caged but are in their natural environment-the desert.
In a nutshell, Tucson is an ideal tourist spot for adults and teenagers who are looking for fun in the wild at cheap prices and an escapade from the frenzy of today’s fast-paced lives.