Phoenix is definitely the most well-known city in Arizona. After all, it is the capital of the southwestern state. However, Tuscon is another city in the Grand Canyon State that is definitely deserving of attention. Home to the University of Arizona, this historic city has records dating back as far as 2100 BC. Tuscon is a blend of the natural and the urban, from its surrounding desert landscape to the bustling metropolis of its city center. For anyone looking to explore America’s stunning southwest region, this is a great city to start out in.
There’s plenty to do both in and out of the city limits. Just outside of Tuscon, the open roads of Arizona are just begging for a road trip. But if you plan on keeping it local, the city and its surroundings are full of things to do, from the cultural to the culinary. If you have a tight schedule and can only fit in one or two activities, visiting San Xavier del Bac is one of them. A stunning catholic church just 10 miles south of downtown Tuscon, San Xavier is the oldest church in the state. Built way back in the 1700s, this church perfectly exhibits the Spanish-influenced style of architecture which can be found scattered throughout the southern region of the country.
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Once you’ve finished your exploring for the day, you’re definitely going to be craving a tasty bite. Luckily, the city is full of delicious eateries, particularly ones specializing in Mexican cuisine. If you want to eat like a local, you’re definitely going to want to hit up one of these places. Try Theresa’s Mosaic Cafe, where you can order Tex-Mex dishes like enchiladas, chimichangas, and authentic black beans. Of course, the restaurant makes their tortillas fresh every single day, so you’re definitely in for a treat no matter which day of the week you go.