Cities

Tucson

Visit Arizona’s second-largest city, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and a year-round outdoor playground.

You can be secluded or social in Tucson. The city’s central core is a vibrant area with the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue and a lively downtown. Stray in any direction from the interior to find endless outdoor space. Tucson is known for its culture and incredible dining, which can be found no matter where you are.

Tucsonans support Tucsonans. Sit down at a craft brewery and the bartenders will likely recommend another you’d like down the street. Shopping in Tucson is a popular activity for visitors and locals alike. Walk into one-of-a-kind shops to discover only-found-here goods, Tucson pride t-shirts and hats, and an enthusiasm for talking about the locals behind every product. The people are also enthusiastic about the place: the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum showcases wildlife, flora and fauna that’s as engaging for residents as it is for visitors.

Outdoors

There are more than 350 days of sunshine in Tucson, and people here love to soak it up. Golfing? Got that! On warm summer days, hiking trails that end in monsoon-rain-filled watering holes rise in popularity, and adventurers flock to the Sky Island of Mount Lemmon, where temperatures are cooler and pine trees offer an escape from the Sonoran Desert. Closer to the city, Tumamoc offers miles of views. Surrounding it all is The Loop, a paved multipurpose trail that’s more than 130 miles in length for bikers, horseback riders and power walkers. Saguaro National Park straddles the east and west sides of the city, with more than 91,000 acres to explore.

Centuries-old culture

Step back through the history of Tucson to see how the city today unifies Hispanic, Native American and Anglo cultures. Mission San Xavier del Bac has seen the region transition from New Spain to Mexico to Arizona. Explore the remnants of the 1775 Presidio San Agustín del Tucsón, from where the City of Tucson was established. Wander the colorful adobes in Barrio Viejo, one of Tucson’s first neighborhoods. Every February, the rodeo shows off with horse and cattle events, and the world's longest non-motorized parade. And in November, the All Souls Procession unites cultural traditions — like Dia de los Muertos — to memorialize and celebrate love and loss. But nowhere combines Tucson’s cultures better than the menus of local restaurants.

World-renowned dining

Flavors here are centuries in the making. A driving force behind Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy was the embracing of native ingredients such as tepary beans, chiltepin and prickly pear — chefs here use them creatively and boldly fuse the region’s cultural influences. The Tucson Meet Yourself festival lets you sample dozens of traditional dishes. If you have to choose one item to try: Sonoran hot dogs are a claim to fame.

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Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park in Tucson features giant saguaros in their native environment, plus access to wildlife viewing, hiking and scenic drives.

Sabino Canyon

Looking for a place to get outdoors that offers easy and challenging trails? This is that place. On the northeast edge of Tucson, Sabino Canyon...

Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon is a retreat for birds and human snow birds alike, with cooler weather, extensive trail systems and mountainous scenery.

Catalina State Park

Bring your horse, bicycle, or just your hiking boots and you’re bound to have a good time at Catalina State Park. Located less than 20 miles...

Tours

Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

The Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory is the largest field installation of the Smithsonian Institution Astrophysical Observatory aside from...

Tours

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Located fifty-six miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Nation; the Kitt Peak Visitor Center is your first stop on any visit and...

Shopping

La Encantada

Setting a standard for luxury shopping in the Sonoran desert, La Encantada is a two-level, outdoor specialty center that celebrates the...

Spas & Luxury

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

At Loews Ventana Canyon, you can walk out the back doors and step into the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert. Inspired by nature and the...

The Old West

O.K. Corral

On October 26, 1881, long-simmering friction between the Earps and the Clanton-McLaury gang erupted in the vacant lot behind the O.K....

Golf

Omni Tucson National Resort

Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains and inspired by the natural environment and scenic desert setting, the...

Galleries & Museums

Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum opened in 1976 and is one of the largest air and space museums in the world—and the largest self-supporting...

The Old West

Pistoleros Wild West Show

Experience Arizona's Best Wild West Stunt Show!We're all about Wild West Action and Fun! For over two decades, the Pistoleros have been...

Tours

Ready to Ride Rentals

Rent the latest dirt bikes from brands like KTM Motorcycles and Husqvarna Motorcycles. Need a dirt bike for just one day, or an entire...

Tours

Rita's World Tours Of The Real Wild West

Catch a glimpse of Arizona's Wild West, Petroglyph sites, American Indian ruins, caves, mines, ghost towns, graves of the famous,100 foot...

Sports

Skydive Marana

The view of gorgeous mountain ranges is absolutely stunning from 10,000 ft! Nestled in the scenic area of Avra Valley, Arizona, Skydive...

Visitor Centers

Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center

The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is your starting point to discover all that southern Arizona, the Sonoran Desert and the...