When you’re hiking in the Santa Catalina Foothills or stargazing in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson feels a world away from Los Angeles—but on a direct flight from LAX, you can be there in less than ninety minutes.
Tucson’s sunny, dry climate has long been considered healing, and back in the 1940s, Hollywood legends visited the area for peace, quiet, and privacy. Many of today’s visitors come for the same reasons. Tucson’s tagline is “Free Yourself,” but it’s also the perfect place to treat yourself to a much-needed break. Think of it as the ultimate self-care destination. Breathe the clear desert air and find a sense of balance. Give yourself time to recharge in a natural setting, strengthen your body with healing spa treatments, and reawaken your sense of wonder.
A wellness mecca, Tucson is home to top-tier resorts and spas such as Canyon Ranch and Miraval. Whether you want to kick back and relax or focus on fitness, you’ll find plenty of options. Schedule a massage, sip a cocktail by the pool, and take in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Make sure your phone is charged, because the saguaro cactuses are stunning, especially against a fiery sunset—and you’ll want to share them on social media.
Want to get your blood pumping? Get outdoors! Embrace your sense of adventure, and explore the Southwestern wilderness on an invigorating hike or horseback ride. Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges, so it’s a great place to try mountain-biking or rock climbing. In a more meditative mood? Walk a labyrinth or wind down with a laid-back yoga class held in a craft brewery.
If you work up a hunger spending time in nature, you’ll appreciate Tucson on a whole new level. It’s time to treat your taste buds. The city’s distinctive culinary heritage spans 4,000 years and has earned worldwide acclaim. In 2015, UNESCO named Tucson the first Creative City of Gastronomy in the United States. When you try dishes made with cactus, chiltepin peppers, sunflowers, corn, prickly pear, squash, and other fresh, local ingredients, you’re tasting the history of the Southwest. Tucson’s dining options include cuisine by two James Beard Award-winning chefs, a variety of international restaurants, and unbeatable Mexican food—23 miles of it!
Some visitors come to Tucson searching for solitude, while others seek out the vibrant downtown arts and culture. It’s worth making time for both. Schedule a trip, and set yourself free.