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Tucson, Arizona Family Vacation Fun
Tucson, Arizona has many fine hotels and resorts
and the fall is a wonderful time to visit. This beautiful
resort, Hilton El Conquistador, is located at the base of
the mountains on the north side of Tucson. On clear
sunny days the view of the Santa Catalina Mountains
is absolutely tremendous.
Tohono Chul Park
Just down the road from the resort is Tohono Chul Park which is listed
as “One of the Top 22 Secret Gardens in the U.S. and Canada" by
National Geographic Traveler.
The botanical garden and galleries give you a taste of the nature, art
and culture of the local Sonoran Desert region. They have classes,
lectures, afternoon concerts, a garden Bistro and many special
events. You can enjoy a full day or two just exploring this park.
The downtown art district of Tucson was a pleasant afternoon outing. There is a large art gallery, several local art and
jewelry shops, quaint bistros and coffee shops to explore. The downtown architecture is beautiful and worth just walking
While you are in Tucson be sure and take the family to the Pima Air Museum. They have a wonderful collection of all types
of aircraft from varies time periods and military engagements.
If you enjoy history and the old west there is a couple of places to go near Tucson. Just thirty minutes from downtown
Tucson, you will find Old Tucson which was built in 1939 for the classic western film, “Arizona” and is known for where the
spirit of the old west comes alive! You and your kids will love the tours, stunt shows, authentic western BBQ, stagecoach
rides and more. If you want a more authentic experience of the wild west you can drive about an hour to Tombstone,
Arizona, which had the reputation in the 1880s as the “meanest town in the west”. Today, you can still see many of the
original buildings with the bullet holes in the walls that are visible from its mean, wild days. You also can visit Boot Hill
Graveyard, watch staged gunfights and visit the Bird Cage Theatre. Truly, you will experience a step back into history as
you walk the same paths as the Earps and the Clantons over 130 years ago.
As you can see Tucson has much to offer your family for that next vacation or road trip. Have fun and stay safe!
This resort has a large pool area with several pools, one
especially geared for kids. The pool area also has gas fire pits
in the outdoor sitting areas near the pool where you can enjoy
the cool evenings with friends.
There is a concrete trail around the hotel for a relaxing walk
and to take in the desert scenery. The resort has a golf course,
tennis courts and horseback riding available for its guests.
After all this, you can pamper yourself with a massage
or other spa treatments at the Elements Wellness
Traveling with kids, but they are too young to do
some of these or just not interested, the resort has a
Kids Club Program for kids 4-12 years of age, where
they can have loads of fun while you golf or enjoy a
There are plenty of restaurants to choose from. For
lunch we tried some local fast food spots. EEGEE’S
offers sub sandwiches. They are known for their fries
that they serve with ranch dressing instead of
ketchup. My kids have tried and loved ranch dressing
on pizza, so of course, they loved it on fries. The next
place we dined at was Rubio’s Coastal Grill. They
specialize in fish tacos. This was new to me, too, so I
tried it and surprisingly liked it. For dinner my husband
took me to Michelangelo Restaurant. The food was
delicious with large servings and the service was
exceptional. The owner even came to our table and
talked with us for awhile. We will visit this Italian
restaurant on our next visit to Tucson.