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Tucson has modern shopping malls but great little galleries too

Park Place has dozens of stores, and restaurants and a cinema too
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In Tucson you'll find the kind of big shopping malls that exist all over America, but if you know where to look you'll also find independent shops and art galleries selling unique items you certainly won't find all over the USA.


The first place to look is the heart of downtown in the Presidio district where the city of Tucson first began. Here a group of shops and galleries known as the Old Town Artisans can be found in a 150-year-old adobe building. There are only six of them but they are so big and the building so rambling that it seems much more. Here you'll find some of the best arts and crafts in the city, and work from the leading local and regional artists. There are beautiful contemporary ceramics alongside the best of Native American items such a jewelry, pottery, rugs, sand paintings, and the distinctive Hopi Kachina dolls.


Very close by is the Tucson Museum of Art, which is well worth visiting, even if you go no further than its impressive Museum Store. Here you will also find top quality work by local artists and craftspeople, as well as some really fun and colorful novelty items related to the museum's collection and changing exhibitions.


There are other good stores at the Visitor Centers for the Saguaro National parks, both East and West, and the shop at the Desert Museum is on two different levels and has a vast choice of unusual gifts, mostly related to the natural world. But there are many more items too. From time to time you might find visiting artists giving demonstrations at any of these places.


If it's more conventional shopping you want, then Tucson has several large shopping malls around the city. One of the best is Park Place, where there are three huge stores: Macy's, Dillard's and Sears. Also here are dozens of other stores in five separate areas, including jewelry, shoes, clothing, household items, a Swarovsky store, and several restaurants and a cinema too.


La Encantada is also another big shopping center, and there are restaurants here too but they are rather better than the average shopping mall eating places. The Encantada is on Skyline Drive in one of the smartest parts of Tucson. Stores include jewelry, shoes, clothing for men, women and children, toys, an Apple Store, and a Bose Store.


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