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THE BEST WAY TO TUCSONFrom LAX, nonstop service is offered on Southwest, United and Continental, and connecting service (change of planes) is offered on US Airways and Delta. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $190.
WHERE TO STAYHotel Congress, 311 E. Congress St.,Tucson; (800) 722-8848, www.hotelcongress.com. In the heart of the historic downtown district. Moderately priced guest rooms, all on the second floor, are appointed with 1930s furnishings (no TVs). Doubles from $79.
www.lasiestatucson.com. Funky 13-room motel refurbished three years ago, with courtyard and patio and salt water pool. Large bedrooms suites, some with full kitchens. Doubles from $75.
Embassy Suites Tucson-Paloma Village, 3110 E. Skyline Drive, Tucson; (520) 352-4000. Nestled in the foothills of the spectacular Santa Catalina Mountains, with dramatic skyline views. Doubles from $172.
WHERE TO EATMaynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave., Tucson; (520) 545-0577, www.maynardsmarket tucson.com. Lunch, dinner and drinks in the renovated Tucson train depot. Entrees from $12 (pizzas). Other entrees $21-$26.
The Cup Café in the Hotel Congress serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Small plates, $5-$9, large plates, $11-$19.