Top budget travel picks: San Antonio to Tucson

If you're feeling nostalgic for summer but you don't necessarily miss the extreme heat, check out Tucson. Fall and winter is arguably one of the most enjoyable times to visit Arizona, specifically the Sonoran Desert. Either plan to explore the multiple mountain ranges and parks surrounding the city, or explore the city's adobe row houses, restored mansions and many vintage shops, nightclubs and restaurants spread throughout the city.

Thankfully, there are plenty of regular, relatively inexpensive flights between San Antonio and Tucson. We pulled from travel site Skyscanner to provide you with a short list of flights and hotels handpicked with the trendy adventurer in mind.

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Flight deals to Tucson

The cheapest flights between San Antonio and Tucson are if you leave on April 4 and return from Arizona on April 6. Frontier Airlines currently has tickets for $214, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in May. If you fly out of San Antonio on May 23 and return from Tucson on May 27, American Airlines can get you there and back for $339 roundtrip.

Top Tucson hotels

To plan your stay, here are some of Tucson’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do, and customer satisfaction.

The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa (3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. The hotel has a 4.8-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $199.

Recreational amenities include the Starr Pass Golf Club with 27 holes of championship golf. Also located on site are outdoor pools, a water slide, a lazy river and the Hashani Spa.

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa (3800 E. Sunrise Drive)

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There's also the 4.3-star rated The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa, which has rooms for $159/night.

The Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club and the University of Arizona are local points of interest. 

The Omni Tucson National Resort (2727 W. Club Drive)

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A third option is The Omni Tucson National Resort, which has rooms for $138/night. It checks in with four stars. 

Featured Tucson food and drink

If you're looking for a popular spot to grab a bite, Tucson has plenty of excellent eateries to choose from. Here are a few from Skyscanner's listings to help you get started.

Cafe Poca Cosa (110 E. Pennington St.)

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One of Tucson's most popular restaurants is the Cafe Poca Cosa, which has an average of 4.8 stars out of 49 reviews on Skyscanner.

"Cafe Poca Cosa is one of my favorite restaurants in Tucson," wrote visitor Jeanine. "It has maintained a high standard of food preparation and presentation with fresh ingredients for many years."

Village Bakehouse (7882 N. Oracle Road)

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Don't forget the essentials: where to get your coffee fix. For a popular option, check out the Village Bakehouse, with five stars from seven reviews.

Lerua's Fine Mexican Food (2005 E. Broadway Blvd.)

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Also worth considering is Lerua's Fine Mexican Food, with five stars from six reviews.

"No one makes a better green corn tamale except maybe Nana in her own kitchen," wrote Jeanine.  

Featured Tucson attractions

Tucson is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are a few popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road)

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First up is the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, with 4.9 stars from 88 reviews.

Enjoy a sightseeing trip or a strenuous hike at Sabino Canyon. When you visit Sabino Canyon, you can also take advantage of one of the narrated tram tours that guides you among the cacti, palo verde trees, rocky outcroppings, steep valley walls and gurgling brooks.

Seven Falls (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road)

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Seven Falls is another popular destination. It checks in with five stars from 20 reviews on Skyscanner.

Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N. Alvernon Way)

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Finally, consider checking out the Tucson Botanical Gardens, with 4.8 stars from 87 reviews.

In addition to the indigenous cactus and desert wildflowers on display, the space contains a garden devoted to native crops of the Tohono O'odham Indians, a butterfly garden, a zen garden and art contributed by local artists.  

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