If you’re visiting Tucson for business or for pleasure, check out some of these fun destinations!

Lodge on the Desert Hotel
You can’t go wrong with a hotel that was originally built as a family home. The Lodge on the Desert began operating as a hotel in 1936 and has 103 guest rooms. When you check in, you’ll immediately notice the non-hotel-like residential setting and friendliness of the hotel staff.

Feel free to wander the grounds to relax after your trip. The landscaping offers native cacti, palm trees and well-maintained, manicured lawns. Your room is built hacienda-style, allowing you to relax and take in the sights. You will look forward to returning to your room after a day of fun or business.

Inn at San Ignacio Condo Hotel

Your stay in this luxury hotel will feel more like condo living than a visit in a hotel. You will be able to view the mountains from your suite or guest room. Bring your golf clubs with you or request a golf package, giving you access to any of nine golf courses. If you are traveling on business or if your stay will be extended, ask about the preferred extended-stay or corporate rates.  TheInn at San Ignacio is a great choice!

Visit the Garden of Gethsemane
Located on Congress street on the west bank of the Santa Cruz River, this site contains several religious statues, representing Jesus, Mary and Joseph, and scenes of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion. The sculptor of the Garden of Gethsemane, Felix Lucero, promised to God that he would create the statues after being spared on a WWI battlefield.

Fourth Avenue

This pedestrian shopping area is filled with one-of-a-kind restaurants, boutiques and shops dedicated to crafts. Don’t forget your cash or credit cards when you head for this part of Tucson. Should you visit Tucson in the late winter or early spring, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association holds its annual Winter Street Fair, to which craftsmen and artisans from all over the country bring their wares.

Spend Some Time at La Casa Cordova

Both La Casa Cordova and the J. Knox Corbett House are part of the Tucson Museum and Historic Block. These two historic restored homes take you back to the early part of the 20th century with furnishings and rare arts and crafts dating from this period.

These homes are built and decorated in the tradition of the old pueblo. As you tour, you will see a hand-hewn bathroom medicine cabinet still stocked with healing powders as well as dresser drawers containing antique corsets, hankies and gloves.

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