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Tucson, Arizona, USA

Updated: Jul 5, 2023

Tucson has a bustling college scene, but the city is also known for its delicious food options and impressive golf courses.

Views: 2/5

Although Tucson has beautiful desert sunsets, the city's views are not particularly noteworthy compared to other destinations. Depending on your location and activity, the rating could vary, but overall, I would give it a 2/5. The golf course at Starr Pass Country Club offers stunning views, but not everyone is interested in golf. For a scenic view of the city and desert, hiking up to "A" mountain is a great option, but not everyone is a hiker. Ultimately, this is subjective, but the overall rating is 2/5.

Food: 3/5

Tucson is a foodie's paradise, with many restaurants serving up delicious Southwestern Mexican cuisine. El Charro Café is a must-visit, as it's the oldest family-run restaurant in the United States and is credited with inventing the chimichanga. Although reservations are not available, the bar is open for drinks while you wait. We also enjoyed a meal at Starr Pass Country Club after a round of golf. The barbecue sauces and steak were delicious, and the drink even had an edible picture of the country club on it, which was a nice touch.

Chimichanga from Le Charo Café

City Safeness/ Upkeep: 2.5/5

As a U of A alum, I may be biased, but Tucson is not the safest city. Sadly, a professor was shot and killed on campus not too long ago. However, there are some nicer areas in Tucson, such as the Catalina Foothills.

Uniqueness: 2/5

Tucson is a college town, but there are still some outdoor activities to enjoy. The Pima Air and Space Museum is a great place to visit, especially if you're interested in commercial or military aircraft. The museum has a vast collection of WW2 and military planes, and it's hard to see everything in just one day.

Bonus: The University of Arizona: 10/5

The Harvard of Arizona. What can I say! Now I'm not just saying that because I went there, it's a great school. The campus is clean and once you lay your eyes on Old Main, it will easily become your favorite building in the PAC-12, just ask Bill Walton. Wildcat fans are always welcoming and fun to talk to whether you are at home in Tucson or at an away game.

Overall Rating: 1.5/5

If you're looking to travel, it's hard to make a case for Tucson unless you're loyal to the University of Arizona or have family in the area. While the city has its ups and downs, we enjoyed our time there. If you're passing through, it's worth a stop or even a day or two visit. However, if you have limited time off from work, you may be better off skipping the city.

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