Ever since my college journey took me from Boston, MA to Tucson, Arizona, I have called Tucson home. Having never been to Tucson before I started school there, I had no idea what to expect. I have been very pleasantly surprised with the city, and have since fallen in love with it. The best part about it is that the weather is amazing. It gets hot in the summer, but the weather in the fall and winter is 70 Fahrenheit and sunny every day.
Here are a few of the things you should make sure you do if you ever find yourself in Tucson, Arizona.
University Blvd., right near the school, has some of the best shopping I have ever seen. The stores cater to college students, and the prices cant be beat. Here are some of my favorites:
Swindlers: This is my favorite store on University. This upscale boutique always has something great, and you can order online.
7 falls is absolutely stunning. Located in Sabino Cannon, this beautiful hike with waterfalls is a great way to get out of the city and explore the beauty that the Sonoran desert has to offer.
My favorite restaurant in Tucson is Vivace. Every time I come to Tucson I make sure to eat here. The pasta is amazing!
Gentle Bens: This is a local favorite, and a great place to experience University of Arizona games. The raspberry lemonade cocktail is delicious! My favorite dish is the spinach artichoke dip, the asian chopped chicken salad, and the pizzokies. Pizookies are melted cookies and brownies that have ice cream on top and are a great treat after a long day studying at the library. The service is also great!
The Good Egg: This breakfast restaurant has many locations and is amazing for healthy and nutritious breakfast filled with fresh ingredients.
Hotels: I have stayed at many hotels in Tucson, but the nicest are the following:
JW Marriott: This hotel is absolutely beautiful. When you get there if you rented a car, I recommend you self-park because it is 20 dollars each time you valet. Its main restaurant, Primo, is expensive but very good. They also have fire pits surrounding the outside lobby where you can order dinner (mostly finger foods) and listen to live music. The poolside bar is open during the day, and there is a lazy river. Great for families. Downside: its 25 minutes from campus in the middle of nowhere.
Westin LaPaloma: The Westin’s LaPaloma is great due to location. It is located right next to the upscale mall, La Encentada. This is a great area for amazing food and it is beautiful. The resort is also amazing!