Travel watch: Baltimore to Tucson, and back again

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 Baltimore 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 Baltimore and Tucson are if you leave on April 5 and return from Arizona on April 8. Spirit Airlines currently has tickets for $268, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had later in April. If you fly out of Baltimore on April 27 and return from Tucson on May 1, American Airlines can get you there and back for $314 roundtrip.

Top Tucson hotels

To plan your accommodations, 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 Starr Pass Golf Club with 27 holes of championship golf plus on-site pools, a waterslide, lazy river and the Hashani Spa.

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

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

This spa resort is located in the mountains. 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. This Tucson spa hotel is located in the desert, near the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. 

Local restaurant picks

If you're looking to snag a bite at one of Tucson's many quality eateries, here are a few popular culinary destinations from Skyscanner's listings that will help keep you satiated.

Cafe Poca Cosa (110 E. Pennington St.)

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

"I know of no other restaurant that makes Mexican food so healthy and delicious," wrote visitor Jeanine. 

The Cup Cafe (311 E. Congress St.)

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Another popular dining destination is The Cup Cafe , with 4.6 stars from 46 reviews.

"Wow, an amazing patio here and very romantic! The food was great and so was the coffee," wrote reviewer Dominicke. 

El Charro Cafe (311 N. Court Ave.)

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If you're looking for a solid place to grab Mexican fare, plan to visit El Charro Cafe. It has 4.9 stars from 23 reviews. 

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar (6360 N. Campbell Ave.)

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Finally, there's Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. It checks in with 4.9 stars from 15 reviews on Skyscanner. 

Top Tucson attractions

Not sure what to do in Tucson, besides eat and drink? Here are a few recommendations, provided by Skyscanner.

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.

Sabino Canyon holds the dual distinction of being perhaps the most beautiful and certainly the most popular site for miles around. Whether you desire a pleasant sightseeing trip or a strenuous hike, Sabino Canyon is a gorgeous host.  

Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N. Alvernon Way)

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The Tucson Botanical Gardens are another popular destination, 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.  

Seven Falls (5700 N. Sabino Canyon Road)

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Lastly, consider checking out the Seven Falls, with 4.9 stars from 20 reviews.

"Take the lower Sabino Canyon tram to the Seven Falls trailhead and let the fun begin," wrote visitor Bill. "Take plenty of water and ample snacks so when you arrive at the Seven Falls you can relax, recharge and refuel."

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