Tubac & Nogales
Arizona's oldest European settlement,
Tubac was once the site of a Spanish presidio.
It is now a thriving artist and artisan colony
45 miles south of Tucson. Known as the place "where art and history meet,"
Tubac has more than 70 unusual shops with everything from sturdy hand-hewn
cabinets and pottery to delicate silk-screened scarves and paintings.
Stop by the Santa Cruz Chile Factory
to sample unusual specialties like cactus candy and jalapeno ice cream.
About 65 miles south of Tucson, the twin border cities
of Nogales (Arizona and Sonora, Mexico)
offer hundreds of curios shops and plenty of
opportunities for bargain hunting, especially if you're willing to
haggle for the best price.
Nogales is a great place for leather,
liquor, jewelry, house wares and clothes. Merchants won't be shy
about bargaining with you in this marketplace atmosphere.
Always carry proof of citizenship. Visitors taking a car
across the border should check into insurance requirements
Take I-10 east to I-19 south.