Get comfortable at our Holiday Inn Express® hotels in Tucson, Arizona. You’ll soon be admiring the handiwork of 18th-century Mexican artisans in the Mission San Xavier del Bac and sipping margaritas in El Presidio’s cafés.
Relax within the cool adobe walls of Mission San Xavier del Bac, near our Tucson hotels. The glaringly white church complex, often called the White Dove of the Desert, was begun in 1783 and has attracted Tucson visitors ever since. Admire the intricate and colorful carved-stone altar from the pews, while murals of saints look down from the light-filled dome above. For a very different view of Arizona’s history, head to Old Tucson Studios where Gunsmoke and various Wild West films were shot. A day in the studios isn’t really complete until a fictional gun battle is waged on the dusty desert streets.
Black-and-silver-costumed guitarists and trumpeters create the cheerful sounds of mariachi at live music venues in El Presidio Historic District, not far from our hotels in Tucson. Enjoy their exuberant songs while sipping a cold Mexican Dos Equis beer. Dinners of house-made enchiladas or cheese-stuffed chiles rellenos are specialties of the pastel-colored adobe restaurants throughout the neighborhood. El Presidio’s galleries and shops display silver conch belt buckles, hand-tooled leather boots and contemporary Southwestern landscape paintings.
Stay at our Holiday Inn Express hotels in Tucson to explore Arizona’s striking desert landscape. Towering cacti stand with outstretched arms and smaller barrel cactus and mesquite trees line footpaths through Saguaro National Park, a short drive from our Tucson hotels. In springtime, the cacti bloom with white, yellow and red flowers. The Santa Catalina Mountains rising at Tucson’s northern fringe glow lavender as the air cools at dusk—the perfect time for a round of golf at the Ventana Canyon Golf Club.