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Located in the spectacular, red desert region of southern Arizona, Tucson is a charming oasis with a blend of cultural roots. This rich heritage is a combination of Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo-American influences which have become indelibly intertwined over the years. To explore this fascinating area booking car hire in Tucson is highly advised. Its the best way to get around and explore as much as you possibly can during your holiday. Prebook cheap car hire in Tucson here with us for the best deals online.
At one time a Spanish outpost, Tucson retains this part of its history most powerfully in the El Presidio Historic District, in the heart of the city. La Casa Cordova is an old Spanish home, once owned by a wealthy Spanish businessman before Arizona was designated part of America. The mansion can be accessed through the Tucson Museum of Art, which has an inspiring collection of works from the ancient to the contemporary, and emphasises the connection of art to life.
While you’re exploring the central city area, you may be interested in two other historical former residences, the Stevens House and the Fish House, now functioning museums focusing on the lives of the local elite in the mid-19th century.
Be sure to visit the Pima Air and Space Museum. It is the biggest privately funded aerospace museum in the world, and traces the development of aviation over the last century. The museum features over 250 aircraft, including a replica of the Wright Flyer, the first aeroplane ever constructed.
The concept behind the design of Tohono Chul Park is the enrichment of people’s lives through art, nature and culture, and the provision of a fertile environment in which to experience peace and inspiration while becoming acquainted with the natural and cultural background of the region. Nature trails wind through the beautiful gardens, and informative exhibits are featured in a renovated historic home.
Old Tucson Studios, just minutes from the centre of town, offers traditional Old West entertainment in the form of shows, rides and shops, on the site of the world’s most famous film location, which has played a role in shaping worldwide perceptions of the Old West.
The major suburbs in Tucson are: Armory Par, Barrio Históatalina Foothills, Craycroft, El Presidio, Flowing Wells, Marana and Oro Valley.
Tucson International Airport is situated approximately 16kms from town, and is served by 14 different airlines with non-stop service to 18 cities and connections to more than 121 destinations. Although most international flights are to Mexico, the airport has all the facilities of an international airport. Transportation options into town include: taxis, hotel shuttles, shared van rides and the city bus.
Interstate 10 is the main east to west highway across the south of the USA, and passes through Tucson on its way to Phoenix. To reach central Tucson, take the Congress Street exit off I-10. I-10 continues west to Los Angeles and east through Houston and New Orleans before terminating in Jacksonville, Florida. I-79 heads northwards to Florence and eventually connects with US 60 into Phoenix. I-19 leads from Tucson to the Mexican border at Nogales. I-86 heads southwest into the Papago Indian Reservation.
Rail is a reliable, comfortable and affordable way of travelling in the US. Amtrak trains serve Tucson via the Sunset Limited line, which runs between Orlando, Florida and Los Angeles. The Amtrak train station in Tucson is located in El Presidio Historic District.
Bus travel is the most affordable but least comfortable travel option. Greyhound buses connect Tucson, directly or indirectly, with almost all towns and cities in the United States.