Tucson, Arizona, is known for its sunny skies and mild weather, receiving over 3.5 million vacationers each year. It’s also a main stop-over point for travelers on their way to and from California and Texas, which makes having plenty of hotels and motels along the interstate not only convenient, but a necessity.
South Tucson is home to the Tucson Rodeo, held each March, as well as being a hotbed of great Mexican Restaurants. For travelers coming into Tucson from the east, it’s the first opportunity to find a variety of overnight lodging. Hotels along this stretch of the interstate primarily fall in the budget category, including America’s Best Value Inn and the Quality Inn, which allows up to two pets in a room. For those looking for more than basic amenities, the Fairfield Inn Marriott offers a heated outdoor swimming pool and hot tub and a business center.
Downtown, the Tucson Convention Center is the top venue for concerts, festivals and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, which according to VisitTucson.org welcomes more than 55,000 people during its two-week run. Hotels in this area range from budget to moderate. Located about two blocks from I-10, one of the most historic hotels in Tucson, the 307-room Hotel Arizona is within easy walking distance to the convention center, the arts and financial districts and more than 44 restaurants. Unlike many hotels close to the freeway, the Hotel Arizona does not offer parking for large RVs. Directly off freeway exit ramps in the area you’ll find the Days Inn, a chain hotel that provides easy access for the traveler just passing through. Budget motels in this location include the Super 8 motel that has basic accommodations.
Mid-City Tucson is the easiest access point to the University of Arizona, and to those wanting to venture further west through the Saguaro National Monument to Old Tucson Movie Studios and the Desert Museum. Hotels along this area of the interstate fall mostly in the budget category, such as the Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn, both comparable in basic amenities. Those looking for a more moderately priced hotel with more amenities along this stretch of the freeway might enjoy the Ramada Inn, a nationwide chain hotel that offers free Wifi and a heated outdoor swimming pool. The Ramada Inn welcomes pets up to 50 pounds for an additional nominal charge.
This is the last stretch along I-10 in Tucson where travelers find a variety of hotels and motels before heading west toward Phoenix. It’s also close to the majestic Catalina Foothills and many popular golf courses. The Hampton Inn offers guests a complimentary hot breakfast, including waffles and eggs, or for those on the run, a breakfast bag to take along. It’s also a 100 percent non-smoking hotel. The Comfort Inn and Red Roof Inn offer guest laundry facilities, great for the traveler on a long road trip. The Red Roof Inn also accepts pets up to 50 pounds for a nominal fee.
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