A cyclist riding in Tucson Mountain Park. Photo © Tim Hull.

Cycling Tucson in Winter

While professional and elite cyclists flock to Tucson for the mild temps and mostly cloudless blue skies when it’s freezing elsewhere, they also come for the pain and the anguish. This rugged Sonoran Desert valley, hemmed in by towering mountains and jagged hills, is an ideal proving-ground for those looking to show off their roadworthiness.

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Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon

This full-color guide to Arizona and the Grand Canyon includes vibrant photos and 28 easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Moon Arizona & the Grand Canyon gives you the tools to make your own choices and plan a trip that’s perfect for you, with: Can’t-miss sights, activities, restaurants, and accommodations The Best of Arizona […]

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The Best Shopping in Tucson

You’ll find merchants with Mexican imports, folk arts, Western Americana, and Indian jewelry; boutiques with clothes you’ll find nowhere else; and galleries featuring the work of artists from Tucson and the rest of the world.

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Tucson Area Casinos

Near Tucson are three casinos owned and operated by Native American tribes that offer a variety of gaming along with fine accommodations and restaurants.

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Avoiding Heat-related Health Issues in Tucson

Whether you’re shopping in the streets or hiking in the hills, Arizona’s incessant sun can quickly become dangerous for the unprepared. Learn to recognize the symptoms of heatstroke and other travel safety tips.

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The Three-Day Best of Tucson

This itinerary is meant to guide you to the city’s very best—the essential Old Pueblo experience. You’ll need your own car, a camera, a hat, and a comfortable pair of walking shoes.

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Shopping for Authentic Native American Art in Tucson

Despite being hundreds of miles from the Navajo and Hopi Reservations in northeastern Arizona, Tucson has long been known as a center for Native American arts. Here’s a primer on purchasing authentic arts and jewelry and supporting Native American artists.

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Horseback Riding in Tucson

Horses are an important part of Tucson history, and riding is the best way to get out and see the desert. Here are two stables in the Tucson area that offer trail rides as well as specialty tours, such as a “campfire ride” or “moonlight ride.”