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Deep canyons, vineyards, historic parks and Southern Arizona's highest peak are all found to the south.

Above and Beyond

Heading south of downtown, there's an entirely different side of Tucson. This might be the first part of the city you see coming into Tucson International Airport and there's a lot to explore not far away. Head a bit east on Valencia exiting the airport and you'll see more planes than you knew existed at the Pima Air & Space Museum, from artifacts from the beginning of manned flight to the monstrous presence of a 787. Drive the other direction, to the west, and Tucson's casinos are close-by, Casino del Sol and Desert Diamond Casino. Not much further, a must-see on any visit to Tucson, Mission San Xavier del Bac, an incredible blend of Spanish colonial and Native American spirituality and culture.

Heading further out, wild and free is a good way to describe the lands that lie directly to the south of Tucson. Sweeping views of the city and surrounding areas can be found at the top of the Santa Rita Mountains which hold Mt. Wrightson, Southern Arizona's highest peak. Just below, one of the area's most popular activities is the hike into Madera Canyon, which is also known as a birding mecca thanks to the thousands of species that use the canyon as a waypoint during migration.


 

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Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center

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Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel-Tucson

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Mission San Xavier del Bac

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Restaurants

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Alejandro's Tortilla Factory

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Crossroads Restaurant

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El Dorado Restaurant

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El Gorrion Restaurant

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El Guero Canelo

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El Indio Mexican Food Restaurant

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Guillermo's Double L Restaurant

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Ko:Sin Ki: Buffet

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La Costa Brava-Rodriguez Seafood Company

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Omar's Hi-Way Chef Restaurant

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Perfecto's Mexican Restaurant

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Accommodations

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America's Best Value Inn

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Baymont Inn & Suites Tucson Airport

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Best Western Plus Tucson International Airport Hotel & Suites

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Courtyard by Marriott at Tucson Airport

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Crazy Horse RV Campgrounds

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Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel-Tucson

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DoubleTree Suites by Hilton® Hotel Tucson Airport

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Hampton Inn Tucson Airport

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Holiday Inn Express Nogales

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Hyatt Place Tucson Airport

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