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A Day of Religion, Spanish history, Native American culture, shopping and tacos.

Destination(s): Tucson

This trip mixes religion, Native American culture, arts, shopping and the region's Spanish Colonial past. And then tops it all off with perhaps the best tacos in Tucson. read more about A Day of Religion, Spanish history, Native American culture, shopping and tacos.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac

  • 1950 W. San Xavier Rd
  • San Xavier District
  • tel:520 294 2624
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85746

The Mission San Xavier del Bac, also called the White Dove of the Desert, is nearly as iconic an image to Tucson as sunsets and saguaros. Built between 1783 and 1797, San Xavier del Bac is still an active Roman Catholic church for Tohono O'odham on the San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mission weaves together Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican Renaissance styles and is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the United States. The Mission San Xavier de Bac should be at or near the top of any visitor's list. read more about Mission San Xavier del Bac

Tubac

Tubac

  • Interstate 19
  • (Tubac exit off I-19; 45 miles south of Tucson)
  • tel:520 398 2704 (Tubac Chamber of Commerce)
  • Visit website
  • Tubac, 85646

When Spaniards built the Tubac Presidio in 1752, Tubac became the first European settlement in Arizona. In the 250 years that followed, Tubac saw bloody battles with Apaches, then nearly became a ghost town, then transformed into a mining boomtown, then almost another ghost town again. But in the 1940s, the tiny community in the Santa Cruz Valley 45 miles south of Tucson started attracting artists. Today, Tubac has a thriving artists colony, a golf resort, excellent restaurants, and rich history that can be seen the ruins of the Tubac Presidio and the nearby Mission de Tumacacori, a Spanish mission built in 1691. read more about Tubac

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tumacacori National Historic Park

Tumacacori National Historic Park

  • 1891 East Frontage Road
  • (Tumacacori exit off I-19)
  • tel:520 398 2341
  • Visit website
  • Tumacacori, 85640
Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo

  • 2618 South Sixth Avenue
  • tel:520 623 8775
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85713