Tucson Attractions



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  • El Presidio Plaza
  • Saguaro National Park (west)
  • Univ of Arizona
  • airport
  • convention center
  • Tucson's status as a mid-sized sunbelt city belies the number of attractions and things to do in the Old Pueblo. This Southwestern city represents perfectly the melding of Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo cultures, and still resonates with Old West traditions and history.

    Tucson is also famous for the breathtaking beauty of the Sonoran Desert, which is preserved and celebrated at our number one pick, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Don't let the word "museum" fool you--there are no quiet halls or rarities hidden behind protective glass here. The Museum is an outdoor wonderland of lush desert gardens, meandering trails, and if you're lucky, sightings of coyote, mountain lion, and javelinas.

    The Spanish legacy of Tucson fully comes to life the first time you come upon Mission San Xavier del Bac. The mission, just south of town on the San Xavier Indian Reservation, is known as "the white dove of the desert." This National Historic Landmark was founded as a Catholic mission by Father Eusebio Kino in 1692.

    For a taste of how college students pass the time in Tucson, and to sample the city's strong hippie roots, you'll want to spend an afternoon strolling the shops and restaurants on Fourth Avenue, our number two pick. Tucson's quirky side also comes to life at the Mini Time Machine Museum, our number nine pick, a collection dedicated to the magic of all things miniature.

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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    2021 North Kinney Road

    Celebrating the Sonoran Desert... read more

    Fourth Avenue

    Fourth Avenue & Fifth Street

    Tucson's favorite eclectic shopping, dining, and people-watching district... read more

    Saguaro National Park

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    2700 North Kinney Road (Westside)
    Heidi Schewel 3693 South Old Spanish Trail (Eastside)

    Forests of saguaros... read more

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    Mission San Xavier del Bac

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    1950 W. San Xavier Rd

    The Jewel in Tucson's Crown... read more

    Sabino Canyon

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    5600 North Sabino Canyon Road

    Trams, tours and hikes in the desert... read more

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    Tucson Museum of Art

    140 N. Main Ave

    More than a museum... read more

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    Pima Air and Space Museum

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    6000 E. Valencia Rd

    The "boneyard" for flying machines... read more

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    DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

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    6300 N. Swan Rd

    Tucson's most famous artist lived here... read more

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    Center For Creative Photography

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    1030 N. Olive Rd
    (Speedway and Park Avenue, Building 103, University of Arizona campus)

    Gallery, archive, and research center for some of the world's best photography... read more

    Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

    4455 E Camp Lowell Dr

    Tiny treasures in a big museum... read more

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    Sanctuary Cove

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    A quiet desert retreat... read more

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    Gates Pass

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    Gates Pass Road

    A spectacular view of Tucson... read more

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    Tucson Botanical Gardens

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    2150 N. Alvernon Way
    (Just south of Grant & Alvernon intersection)

    16 gardens, one great escape... read more

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    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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    2021 North Kinney Road

    A glimpse of the Sonoran Desert... read more

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    Trail Dust Town

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    6541 East Tanque Verde Road
    Tanque Verde near Grant

    Relive the western experience... read more

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    Santa Catalina Mountains

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    Miles of hiking trails... read more

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    Tohono Chul Park

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    7366 N. Paseo del Norte
    1 block west of the corner of Ina and Oracle rds. in Tohono Chul Park

    An oasis from the desert and the city... read more

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    Reid Park Zoo

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    1030 S. Randolph Way
    At 22nd St. between Country Club Rd. and Alvernon Way

    Polar bears in Tucson...?... read more

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    Golf N'Stuff Family Fun Center

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    6503 East Tanque Verde Road

    Mini golf with arcade... read more

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    "Rocky Point Rides" Shuttle Service

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    Door-to-door shuttle service to Puerto Penasco from Tucson, Arizona. Shuttle owner, Eduardo says, "If I have to work to get to the beach that is fine - because when you love what you do you do your best work!"... read more
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