When it comes to accessibility, affordability and entertainment for a weekend getaway spot, a leading travel and ranking website says that Tucson is one of the best.
Coming in at number seven, Tucson finds itself in good company on U.S. News & World Report's list of best getaway spots, sharing space with cities like New York, Charleston, Santa Barbara and Monterey.
"Tucson is much more than an incubator for snowbirds," the article says. "Deeply rooted in Hispanic heritage,'The Old Pueblo' is a hotbed of historic and cultural attractions, not to mention a mecca for those in search of some spicy Mexican cuisine north of the border."
The article dares visitors to come for the cactus-strewn trails but be prepared to handle the heat, since it's "always warm."
That last part was certainly understated, but the rest of the article is on par, like when it says that "despite its ever-expanding size, Tucson exudes a small-town atmosphere."