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Tucson, City of Sunshine, is the perfect destination for culture vultures and outdoor enthusiasts. Located at the heart of the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, this beautiful place boasts great hiking trails, festivals, and gastronomy heralded by UNESCO.
Surrounded by five mountain ranges and blessed with wide-open spaces, this region of America’s Southwest is a mecca for hikers. Much of the landscape is protected and provides miles of hiking trails that cross sandy desert land and wander through pine groves. The amazing climate ensures all outdoor activities can be enjoyed throughout the year in Tucson. The quality of campsites here is outstanding and fishing parties can head to lakes in Christopher Columbus Park and John F. Kennedy Park. Areas recommended for exploration include Saguaro National Park East or West, or Oro Valley, and a visit to Catalina State Park. Tucson’s festival calendar is extremely busy. Events joyously observe every aspect of cultural life, from literary extravaganzas to celebrating the dead. The Tucson Festival of Books, held every March at the University of Arizona, is the fourth largest of its kind in the US. Beyond the expected paperbacks and lectures, visitors can enjoy entertainment, a science fair, and food. In early November you can join an unexpected and unforgettable festival for lost ones on the streets of Tucson in The All Souls Procession Weekend. Similar to the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, the fiesta celebrates Tucson’s diverse population and features floats, dancing, singing, and food. Tucson Meet Yourself is also a highlight, a fair that showcases Southern Arizona’s and Northern Mexico’s diverse ethnic and folk communities. Held in Downtown Tucson during mid-October, the three-day event features art, music, and cuisine from every community in the area. No visit to Tucson can avoid an immersive step into history and culture via the incredible food served in this city. The eating experience is so good that Tucson has been named a UNESCO City of Gastronomy. You can taste Tucson’s Mexican and Native American heritage in the dishes prepared here that use local produce including cactus, sunflowers, prickly pear, and squash. Make sure you have time for a gastronomic feast with a Southern Arizona wine in one of many excellent restaurants found in neighbourhoods like Central Tucson District, Southside District, and Westside District.
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