Escape from Miami to Tucson on a budget

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Published on June 19, 2019

If you're feeling nostalgic for summer but you don't necessarily miss the extreme heat, check out Tucson. Fall and winter are arguably some 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.

It’s more doable than you think. According to travel site Skyscanner, there are plenty of flights from Miami to Tucson in the next few months, and the prices aren't too shabby.

So if you're looking for a change of scenery, here are some deals to put on your to-do list. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Tucson flights

The cheapest flights between Miami and Tucson are if you leave on Sept. 13 and return from Arizona on Sept. 16. American Airlines currently has tickets for $297, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in June. If you fly out of Miami on June 26 and return from Tucson on June 29, Delta can get you there and back for $673 roundtrip.

Top Tucson hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Tucson’s top-rated hotels, that we selected from Skyscanner's listings based on price 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 4.4-star rated The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Rooms are currently set at $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. It has four stars. 

Featured Tucson restaurants

Don't miss Tucson's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are two of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Cafe Poca Cosa (110 E. Pennington St.)

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If you're looking for a local favorite, head to the 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 4.7 stars from 46 reviews.

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

What to see and do in Tucson

To round out your trip, Tucson offers plenty of popular attractions worth visiting. Here are some top recommendations, based on Skyscanner's descriptions and reviews.

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

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First up is the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. It has 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. 

"In the spring, expect to see waterfalls and pools. This is one of Tucson's truly beautiful areas," wrote June.

Tucson Botanical Gardens (2150 N. Alvernon Way)

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Then, there's the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It has 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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Finally, spend some time at 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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