Stay at our Holiday Inn® Tucson, Arizona hotels and discover this state’s Wild West legacy. Explore the movie sets at Old Tucson Studios in the morning, and the cool adobe interior of 18th-century Mission San Xavier del Bac in the afternoon.
Don’t be alarmed if a gun-toting villain starts shooting his way up the street. It’s all part of the fun at Old Tucson Studios, not far from our hotels in Tucson. Built in 1909 as a Western movie set—Tombstone was shot here in 1993—Old Tucson has expanded to include a Wild West theme park with cowboys and robbers, stagecoach rides and dusty desert street performances. The mood is noticeably calmer at Mission San Xavier del Bac, a brilliantly white adobe mission often called the White Dove of the Desert and just a short drive from our Tucson hotels. The lovely church dating from 1783 incorporates Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican Renaissance architecture.
Adobe buildings of terracotta, gray and even pink line the streets of El Presidio Historic District downtown, near our Tucson hotels. Browse the district’s galleries and boutiques, displaying Southwestern landscape paintings, solid silver and turquoise jewelry and buttery-soft leather jackets. Mexican restaurants and courtyard cafes throughout El Presidio serve mesquite-grilled steaks with ancho chilies, oversized house-made tortillas filled with stewed chicken and chiles rellenos, fried Poblano chiles stuffed with creamy white cheese. Afterward, stroll the District and listen for the jubilant sounds of trumpets and guitars, evidence that you’ve stumbled upon one of Tucson’s live mariachi venues.
Book our Holiday Inn hotels in Tucson in spring, when the towering cactus at Saguaro National Park burst into bloom, or in autumn when the city’s moderate temperatures assure a pleasant tee-off at Tucson’s Ventana Canyon Golf Club, set against a backdrop of the Santa Catalina Mountains.