Why: Retreat to the city of turquoise jewelry, saguaro cacti, and deep orange sunsets. Located in the southern region of Arizona between Phoenix and the Mexican border, Tucson offers a natural and rugged rendition of the Southwest landscape.
When to go: Tucson's weather is generally mild year-round, and most days are bright and sunny.
Guest activities: Catch a glimpse of a roadrunner while hiking through Sabino Canyon, tour the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac, or peruse the photo and art galleries full of Native American and Mexican textiles and jewelry.
Best Spots for Weddings:
Hacienda del Sol (HaciendaDelSol.com) This historic resort's amazing views of the Santa Catalina Mountains have attracted such famous guests as the late Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, and John Wayne. Recently redesigned, its Southwestern style includes hand-painted tiles, adobe walls, and original fireplaces, as well as three unique wedding ceremony sites.
Casa Tierra (CasaTierraTucson.com) The all-adobe inn features more than fifty arches, as well as entryways with vaulted brick ceilings and courtyards with fountains. Each guest receives a welcome basket of fruit and snacks, iced tea, and chocolates when he or she checks in.