Tucson, AZ

“The biggest thing Tucson has offered me is a whole lot of peace and quiet which undoubtedly helps spark creativity. The pace is nice and slow here as well (though people drive like maniacs). The exotic wildlife and vegetation continues to surprise me – a hawk landed in my (very tiny) backyard the other day and I have learned quickly that you have to watch out for wild, blind pigs called Javelinas who travel in packs and can attack you in driveways at any moment. I grew up on Cape Cod originally so the desert feels like a foreign country to me which inspires me daily.” — Nic Pool

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Tucson, AZ
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Sabino Canyon Park
"Sabino Canyon park is my favorite hiking area - one of the trails Seven Falls even inspired by debut single ("The Falls") before I moved to Tucson. My wife had told me about it and just the idea of this waterfall at the end of an 8.2-mile hike through the Sonoran desert was mystical to me, and kind of served as the origin of the track's repeated hook: 'it's you and the falls.'" — Nic Pool
5700 North Sabino Canyon Road,, Tucson, AZ 85750
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Dedicated
"It's a wonder of a gluten-free bakery. The snickerdoodles and coffee cake are legendary." — Nic Pool
4500 E Speedway Blvd Ste 41, Tucson, AZ 85712
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Best Western Royal Sun Inn and Suites
"It sounds strange but the Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites bar has a LEGENDARY karaoke night. My wife and her friends took me there for the first time five years ago and it's always a WILD occasion." — Nic Pool
1015 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
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191 Toole
"Super DIY and all of the best indie acts play there. The crowd is usually small so you can get close to the stage. My first show was an intimate set from Phoebe Bridgers & Soccer Mommy and I was hooked." — Nic Pool
191 E Toole Ave Tucson, AZ 85701
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The Arizona Inn
"The Arizona Inn is a gorgeous historic Mission Revival Style hotel built in 1928, with pink stucco buildings, lush gardens, and a supreme outdoor pool. Another great option is Hotel Congress - right smack in downtown and it's also got a ghostly charm. Outlaw John Dillinger was captured there in 1934 after a fire started in the basement - very spooky." — Nic Pool
2200 E Elm St, Tucson, AZ 85719
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Tucson Botanical Garden
"The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a sprawling five-and-a-half acre oasis in midtown that features a zen garden and a wild butterfly exhibit." — Nic Pool
2150 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
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Savaya Coffee
"I always opt for a 'Science Coffee' which is a Japanese-style drip cold brew. Super strong." — Nic Pool
5350 E Broadway Blvd Ste 174 Tucson, AZ 85711
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The Shelter
"It's a '60s era dive that has an old-school smoking room w/ pinball machines. They make a mean extra dirty martini." — Nic Pool
4155 E Grant Rd Tucson, AZ 85712
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Seis Kitchen
"Part of Mercado San Agustin in South Tucson, which includes other restaurants and shops, with an outdoor courtyard. My go-to is the Mexico City style Al Pastor tacos — hand made corn tortillas, chile marinated grilled pork, grilled pineapple, cilantro, red onion. Bomb AF." — Nic Pool
130 S Avenida Del Convento Ste 100 Tucson, AZ 85745
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