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   ROAD TRIP:  Hitting the Road to Tucson
 
 
 
2010 - Volume 1 Issue 1
¡Comidas Sabroso!
Weekend Getaway
 
Article: Charlotte Tallman
 
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With gas prices increasing across the nation, many people are wondering if they will ever embark on another road trip. With unique cities near enough for a semi-short drive, however, road trippers don’t have to travel far to get that far-away vacation feeling. You’ll love this trip to Tucson, and your gas tank will thank you.

    Tucson has a tagline that says it all – Real. Natural. Tucson. And with a mild climate and 350 days of sunshine a year, it’s worth the short drive to relax in a city devoted to the natural surroundings. Tucson, just 273 miles west of Las Cruces, or about a four-hour drive, seems to highlight Arizona’s diverse culture and history while offering unique events and festivals, including the Tucson Culinary Festival, Tucson Bluegrass Festival and the Annual UMC El Tour de Tucson.
   
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To find out more about Tucson Arizona

Hilton Tucson
El Conquistador Golf
& Tennis Resort

520-544-5000
hiltonelconquistador.com

Tucson Convention
and Visitors Bureau

1-888-2-TUCSON
visittucson.org

Tucson Culinary Festival
520-237-9981
tucsonculinaryfestival.com

Tucson Bluegrass Festival

520-760-0745
desertbluegrass.org

26th Annual UMC
El Tour de Tucson

520-745-2033
pbaa.com

Arizona-Sonora
Desert Museum

520-883-2702
desertmuseum.org
Tucson offers a wide variety of outdoor activities perfect for the climate, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, biking (Tucson was ranked by Bicycling magazine as one of the top cycling cities in the U.S.) on bike friendly roads and trails and hiking on miles of natural trails including Sabino Canyon Recreational Area and Pima Canyon Trail.

After a day in the natural environments, relax in one of Tucson’s top rated hotels or resorts – The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort just North of Tucson.

Set on 500 acres of natural desert land, the resort offers views with luxury accommodations, receiving the prestigious AAA 4-Diamond rating 20 years in a row. The resort offers 428 guestrooms and suites with spectacular views of the mountains, pool, city or desert landscape, and even though you might want to stay in the room, you don’t need to go far to find something to do. This beautiful Tucson hotel is set at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountain range in Northwest Tucson. The resort offers hiking trails, three championship golf courses, 31 lighted tennis courts, horseback riding trails, spa services and several pools to choose from, with a highlight on the 143-foot Sliderock waterslide in the Desert Springs Oasis. Each weekend during the summer, dive-in movies are shown poolside shortly after dark. Live music is featured poolside on the 4th of July and Labor Day holiday weekends and Camp Conquistador, the kid’s summer camp, is available to children 6 to 12 years of age.

Four restaurants located throughout the resort offer the best in dining under the direction of Executive Chef Jan Osipowicz. The Sundance Café is open daily for breakfast or lunch while Dos Locos opens nightly with Nuevo Latino cuisine. For poolside dining, guests can order from Desert Spring and golfers can indulge at La Vista Café on the golf course. Menu items are created especially to represent cultural cooking styles and regional influences of the southwest, Native America, Central America and continental cuisine, emphasizing the use of indigenous ingredients from the Sonoran Desert and Native American cooking techniques.

Elements, the premier wellness center with spa services at El Conquistador, offers body therapies that touch all of the senses while fostering balance and serenity. What makes the spa unique is its ability to create services customized to fit each client's needs and wants. Popular offerings include AromaStone Haven, BodyCoffee and a Sea Wrap, along with traditional Reflexology, Reiki and massages.

El Conquistador's state of the art fitness room offers Precor equipment and free weights, and the dry sauna is available to enhance any routine along with a variety of fitness classes and personal trainers specializing in aerobics, yoga, Pilates, aqua and stretch and tone classes.

With a beautiful backdrop of mountains and desert flora and fauna, The Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort fits right in as a luxurious and captivating place to stay. ///
 
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