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Under the Tucson Sun

The Facts

Some 50 miles north of the Mexican border, in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is known for its mild weather. But beware of summer, when temperatures can climb as high as 113 degrees.

HOTELS
Canyon Ranch Health Resort DOUBLES FROM $5,560; FOUR-NIGHT MINIMUM STAY, INCLUDING ALL MEALS AND ACTIVITIES. 8600 E. ROCKCLIFF RD.; 800/742-9000 OR 520/749-9000; www.canyonranch.com

Lazy K Bar Guest Ranch DOUBLES FROM $340, INCLUDING ALL MEALS AND HORSEBACK RIDES. 8401 N. SCENIC DR.; 800/321-7018 OR 520/744-3050; www.lazykbar.com

Arizona Inn DOUBLES FROM $259. 2200 ELM ST.; 800/933-1093 OR 520/325-1541; www.arizonainn.com

Hotel Congress DOUBLES FROM $59. 311 E. CONGRESS ST.; 520/622-8848; www.hotelcongress.com

Miraval Life in Balance Resort & Spa DOUBLES FROM $1,040, INCLUDING ALL MEALS, ACTIVITIES, AND ONE SPA SERVICE PER PERSON EACH DAY. 5000 E. VIA ESTANCIA MIRAVAL, CATALINA; 800/232-3969 OR 520/825-4000; www.miravalresort.com

RESTAURANTS
Barrio Food & Drink Fusion spot serving such dishes as chicken with dried papaya and mango in a chipotle-Chardonnay cream sauce. DINNER FOR TWO $50. 135 S. SIXTH AVE.; 520/629-0191

Martíns South of the border-style dive. DINNER FOR TWO $20. 557 N. FOURTH AVE.; 520/884-7909

Café Poca Cosa Inventive upscale Mexican. The menu changes daily. DINNER FOR TWO $45. 88 E. BROADWAY BLVD.; 520/622-6400

Taquería Juanitos Taco joint popular with artists. LUNCH FOR TWO $12. 708 W. GRANT RD.; 520/623-2222

SHOPS
Bookman's Used Books, Music & Software 1930 E. GRANT RD.; 520/325-5767

Zee's Gallery Giant crystals on display. 1 E. TOOLE AVE.; 520/624-2081

SIGHTS
Museum of Contemporary Art ADMISSION FREE. 191 E. TOOLE AVE.; 520/624-5019; www.moca-tucson.org

Kitt Peak National Observatory Daily guided tours and nighttime observation programs. TOURS FREE; PROGRAMS $36 PER ADULT. TOHONO O'ODHAM RESERVATION 520/318-8726; www.noao.edu

Mission San Xavier del Bac ADMISSION FREE. 1950 W. SAN XAVIER RD. SAN XAVIER DISTRICT; 520/294-2624 www.sanxaviermission.org

Airplane Graveyard Weekday tours of this haunting resting ground for planes. ADMISSION $6 PER ADULT. DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, 6000 E. VALENCIA RD.; 520/574-0462; www.pimaair.org

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