Must-see attractions in Tucson

  • Travel to Saguaro National Park, Arizona, USA

    Saguaro National Park


    Saguaros (sah-wah-ros) are icons of the American Southwest, and an entire cactus army of these majestic, ribbed sentinels is protected in this desert…

  • Mountain Lion (Puma concolor) peering from cave, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Arizona

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum


    Home to cacti, coyotes and palm-sized hummingbirds, this 98-acre ode to the Sonoran Desert is one part zoo, one part botanical garden and one part museum …

  • Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures


    Divided into the Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World and the History Gallery, this delightful museum of miniatures presents dioramas that are fantastical…

  • Tucson City, Arizona USA - Dec 26, 2018: The famous Mission San Xavier del Bac under a dramatic sky in Tucson City, Arizona on Dec 26, 2018

    Mission San Xavier del Bac


    The dazzling white towers of this mission rise from the dusty desert floor 8 miles south of Tucson – a mesmerizing structure that brings an otherworldly…

  • 4th Avenue street fair.

    4th Avenue


    Linking historic downtown and the university, lively 4th Ave is a rare breed: a rough-around-the-edges, alt-flavored strip with not a single chain store…

  • United States of America, Arizona, Tuscon, Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum in Tuscon - stock photo

    Pima Air & Space Museum


    An SR-71 Blackbird spy plane and a massive B-52 bomber are among the stars of this extraordinary private aircraft museum. Allow at least two hours to…

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    Arizona State Museum


    To learn more about the history and culture of the region's American Indian tribes, visit the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology…

  • Outside the Tucson Museum of Art on N Main Ave in Arizona

    Tucson Museum of Art


    For a small city, Tucson boasts an impressive art museum. There's a respectable collection of American, Latin American and modern art, and the permanent…

  • Old Tucson Studios.

    Old Tucson Studios


    Nicknamed 'Hollywood in the Desert,' this old movie set of Tucson in the 1860s was built in 1939 for the filming of Arizona. Hundreds of flicks followed,…

  • Saguaros (Carnegiea gigantea), cacti, in the evening sun, Catalina State Park, Tucson, Arizona, USA - stock photo

    Catalina State Park


    With a day-use area, campgrounds and plenty of hiking, biking and horse trails, this state park in the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson is one…

  • Tucson Portrait Project


    This wall-to-wall mosaic of about 7000 Tucsonian faces is a simple yet powerful testament to the diversity of the city's population. It's in the underpass…

  • Coronado National Forest


    This 2781-sq-mile national forest includes the Santa Catalina and Rincon Mountains, north of Tucson.

  • Women walking on road below saguaro cacti, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ - stock photo

    Sabino Canyon


    Sabino Canyon, a lush, pretty and shaded mini-gorge, is well worth a visit in fine weather. Narrated hop-on, hop-off tram tours along the Sabino Canyon…

  • Museum of Art, University of Arizona - stock photo

    University of Arizona Museum of Art


    Founded in its current building in the 1950s, the university's impressive museum showcases 500 years of European and American creativity. The permanent…

  • Arizona History Museum


    For an engaging look at highlights from Arizona's past, spend an hour at this family-friendly museum near the University of Arizona. You can walk though a…

  • Reid Park Zoo


    At the compact Reid Park Zoo, a global menagerie – including grizzly bears, jaguars, giant anteaters and pygmy hippos – delights young and old. Cap a…

  • Barrio Histórico District


    This compact neighborhood was an important business district in the late 19th century. Today it's home to funky shops and galleries in brightly painted…

  • Richard F Caris Mirror Lab


    Astronomers can get their geek on during 90-minute tours of this laboratory – it's where the world's largest telescope mirrors are made. The entrance is…

  • Center for Creative Photography


    The CCP is known for its ever-changing, high-caliber exhibits. It also administers the archives of Ansel Adams – perhaps the best-regarded landscape…

  • Tucson Children's Museum


    Parents sing the praises of the Tucson Children’s Museum, which has plenty of engaging, hands-on exhibits – from the Discovery Garden to Pet Vet and…

  • Gates Pass Scenic Overlook


    The sweeping view of the west here is especially splendid at sunset. If you miss the turnoff, you can turn around at the parking lot below the pass.

  • House detail, El Presidio Historic District.

    Presidio Historic District


    The Tucson Museum of Art is part of this low-key neighborhood, bounded by W 6th St, W Alameda St, N Stone Ave and Granada Ave, and embracing the site of…

  • El Tiradito


    Located in Tucson's Barrio Histórico, this shrine to a 19th-century local, purportedly killed by his father-in-law when he fell for his mother-in-law,…