Take Tucson's trolley

Turn back time: Head to an Arizona campus for shops, museums, and pints

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  • A mini hub of activity in downtown Tucson is Fourth Avenue; close to the University of Arizona it has a variety of boutiques day spas and cafes.

    Fourth Avenue in Tucson Arizona

    Rob D. Brodman

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The University of Arizona Mineral Museum Tucked in the lower level of the Flandrau science center, it displays minerals, gemstones, and meteorites of positively otherworldly shapes and hues. INFO: Closed Mon-Wed; $5; 1601 E. University Blvd.; 520/621-4227.

The University of Arizona Museum of Art With a time-spanning and globe-trotting collection, it's like a survey course in art history. INFO: Closed Mon; free; 1031 N. Olive Rd.; 520/621-7567.


Arroyo Design The store specializes in custom-designed mesquite furniture. INFO: Open Mon-Sat and by appointment Sun; 224 N. Fourth Ave.; 520/884-1012.

Conrad Wilde Gallery The attractive space is a top spot to check out Tucson's contemporary art scene. INFO: Closed Sun-Mon; 210 N. Fourth Ave.; 520/622-8997.


Peppertrees B&B Inn (from $140, including breakfast; 520/622-7167), with its courtyard and gardens, provides a sanctuary in the heart of the university neighborhood. Stay in a Mexican-style casita with a private patio or a 1920s Territorial-style house. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, innkeeper Jill McCormick shows off her skills with creative, balanced breakfasts featuring organic ingredients.


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