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LOOK OUT TUCSON by Westward Look Resort

There’s nowhere in the world like our desert home, whose warmth and beauty keep visitors returning year after year. Find out about Tucson events, attractions and discoveries to help you make the most of your stay here at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa.

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Get Centered in Tucson

Posted on August 30, 2013

One of the more distinctive features of our Sonoran Spa is the Labyrinth, blessed by an Elder of Tohono O’odham. The spiral is based on a traditional Tohono O’odham motif, known as “The Man in the Maze,” which you may recognize from hand-woven baskets, silverwork and pottery.

One interpretation of the “Man in the Maze” involves I’itoi, the ancestral founder of Arizona’s Tohono O’odham and Pima tribes. I’itoi’s spirit lives at the top of Baboquivari Peak, a 7,730-foot monolith southwest of Tucson. As the story goes, the spiral is Iitoi leading his followers on a merry chase back to the mountain, tracing and retracing his steps.

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A picture-perfect Tucson wedding

Posted on August 23, 2013

While we love hosting individual visitors and groups, weddings are a huge part of life at Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. Check out our other wedding posts, including tips for your out-of-town guests and our different packages to help pop the question, get engaged, or turn your wedding into either a simple celebration or an epic event.

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Monsoon Sunsets, a Tucson Treasure

Posted on July 30, 2013

Photo by Sean Parker

Of all the photos we post on our Facebook page, sunset photos are far and away the most popular.

Tucson sunsets are outstanding year-round, but monsoon sunsets are spectacular. The warm, moist air from the Sea of Cortez meets dry desert air, creating a high-pressure area that keeps dust, salt, and smoke particles closer to the ground. The particles mute the blues in the color spectrum and intensify the red and pink, while winds sweep up dust particles and big thunderclouds bounce back the light, saturating the colors even more. (As beautiful as the photos are, our sunsets are even better in person!)

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Top 10 (actually, more!) things to do in Tucson

Posted on June 26, 2013

If Southern Arizona is on your vacation shortlist, you’ll be busy checking Tucson sightseeing, food finds, fun times and visitor hours for different Tucson attractions. Our concierge and staff get these questions all the time, and these are the experiences our guests have raved about the most. When you’ve finished sightseeing in Tucson, relive your fun vacation days – post to our Facebook page and tell us which ones you liked the best!

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The Night-Blooming Cereus: Tucson’s Queen of the Night

Posted on June 14, 2013

One of the coolest things to do in Tucson involves nightfall, an open schedule, and an unusual and scarce plant – just one of the many strange and wonderful plants that fill our desert home.

Resembling tall, parched sticks, the night-blooming cereus (peniocereus greggii) looks ordinary – some say ugly – 364 days a year. For this reason, the plant is not a common presence in Tucson gardens, but can often be found growing wild and unnoticed in the desert.

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Tucson is a wonderful destination, especially during summer

Posted on May 20, 2013

Some visitors boast summer is their favorite season in Tucson. Yes, 100-degree days are not unheard of (but not daily occurrences, either). The heat takes time to build, and, with no humidity, our days are hot – but not sweaty – and our desert nights are very pleasant. We call it a dry heat! Tucson can be about five to 10 degrees cooler than Phoenix in hotter months.

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Tucson is a top birdwatching destination

Posted on May 9, 2013

Warblers, flycatchers, pewees, trogons – not exactly words you find in the typical glossy brochure. But to devoted birders, they’re irresistible.

The region’s many birding groups – including the Tucson Audubon Society and the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory – divide the year into five seasons, each with different species to scout. We’re now deep into spring, when songbirds stop in on their flights north; the hummingbirds are back; and owling is in full swing. The next big season for birding begins in August, as monsoon rains transform the Sonoran Desert almost overnight, making it irresistible to winged visitors (and to photographers).

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