Visiting Tucson Arazona.
A few fun days in Tucson.
Visiting Tucson Arazona?
Tucson is a city in and the county seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, and is home to the University of Arizona. The 2010 United States Census put the population at 520,116, while the 2015 estimated population of the entire Tucson metropolitan statistical area was 980,263
Do What You Love, Then Love it Even More
Skip the Southwest stereotypes and experience the real deal in Tucson, AZ, where history is right at your fingertips and nature is all around you. With museums, historic sites, hiking trails, golf courses and shopping around every corner, Tucson gives you the freedom to roam, exploring a part of the country like no other.
The robust colors of centuries-old frescoes and sacred beauty of Mission San Xavier del Bac call out to you with the opportunity to explore the best example of Spanish colonial architecture remaining to be seen in America. The shining steel of a 1959 Boeing Superfortress is among hundreds of magnificent aircraft at Pima Air & Space Museum. At the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, you’ll experience the wide variety of animal and plant life in the Sonoran Desert, one of the most biodiverse spots on the planet. In Tucson, you’ll discover a place with more things to do than your heart and mind can imagine.
Whether you’re looking for a multi-day backpacking excursion or a short hike into the desert you’ll quickly discover that getting outside in Tucson is as real as it gets.
From an easy stroll along the Rillito riverbed to a rugged climb up to Finger Rock, get your workout on Tucson’s mountain trails.
Our Urban Loop, bike-friendly streets, and awesome off-road trails make Tucson one of Bicycling magazine’s top cycling destinations.
Whether an experienced equestrian or first-time rider, saddle up at a guest ranch, resort or one of Tucson’s several stables.
Share the day with wildlife in the five mountain ranges that surround Tucson, opening their canyons and vistas to climbers of every skill level.
Tucson is surrounded by desert, but did you know the area has seven of the world’s nine “life zones,” including grasslands and alpine forest? With an elevation range from roughly 2,000 to 9,000 feet, Tucson is home to an amazing variety of ecosystems.
If you’re traveling with kids or just young at heart, get comfortable and have some fun.
Southern Arizona is a birder’s paradise, home or host to more than 250 species of birds, including many riparian dwellers.
Our clear skies and high mountains have long made Tucson home to some of the world’s most-respected observatories.
If you think Southern Arizona is beautiful above ground, just wait ’til you see it from below.
Cactus, Stalactites, and Aspen, Oh My!
The beauty of the Sonoran Desert is what first pulls many to Tucson, but they’re often surprised at how verdant and diverse a living desert can be as they learn about our ecosystems at Tohono Chul, Tucson Botanical Gardens, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Kids get an introduction to this unique environment at Children’s Museum Tucson’s Sense of Place: A Trip Around Tucson interactive exhibit, which is anchored by a giant saguaro, a mini canyon and other local landmarks made for play.
Off the beaten path, you can explore the wide-open wonder of the American Southwest up-close and unrestrained, hiking the mountain ranges that circle the Old Pueblo or wandering wilderness preserves and parks, from the cascades of Seven Falls at Sabino Canyon to the majestic cacti of Saguaro National Parks East & West, or from the high-pine and aspen forests of Mt. Lemmon to the cool, otherworldly depths of Colossal Cave Mountain Park or Kartchner Caverns State Park®.
History, Space, Art & More
That amazing range of natural beauty is the backdrop to a place that refuses to be defined by expectations. Probe the cosmos at Kitt Peak National Observatory and the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory. Feed your spirit in the city’s museums and galleries, or travel through time discovering Tucson’s unique cultural legacy, from the collision of Spanish and Tohono O’odham cultures in the art and architecture of Mission San Xavier del Bac to 300 vintage-to-modern aircraft illuminating a century of military and aerospace history at the Pima Air & Space Museum.
Shopping by Streetcar
You can also hop the 3.9-mile Sun Link Tucson Streetcar and roll your way through the heart of Tucson, from Main Gate Square at the University of Arizona, along Fourth Avenue, and across Downtown Tucson to Mercado San Agustin and back. Step off and on at streetcar stops to explore shops and restaurants, ranging from funky to elegant, but always memorable.
Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance
Learn more about all the adventures you can choose from in Tucson from the Southern Arizona Attractions Alliance.
PLUS. Did you know that many Tucson attractions are ADA-friendly? Explore a list of some here.
Southern Arizona’s Cultural Oasis
Not too long ago, The Wall Street Journal labeled Tucson a “mini-mecca for the arts” — marveling at the relatively high ratio of primo performing and visual arts groups, both long-standing and emerging, for a city of its size. Tucson’s vibrant artistic mix includes exceptional museums, inspiring galleries, mesmerizing street murals, and a rich filmmaking history. Those looking for hands-on creativity can make their own masterpiece at classes and workshops available here. Whether you’re taking in a show with one of Tucson’s hottest bands at the Rialto or Club Congress or choosing from the vast line-up of staged concerts and plays or outdoor festivals, you’ll certainly find something culturally oriented to your liking.