Attractions

Park in Tucson

Saguaro National Park

Saguaros are the most iconic symbol of the American Southwest, and an entire army of these majestic ribbed sentinels is protected in this desert playground. Or, more precisely, playgrounds. The park is divided into …
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Home to cacti, coyotes and palm-sized hummingbirds, this ode to the Sonoran desert is one part zoo, one part botanical garden and one part museum – a trifecta that'll entertain young and old for easily half a day. D…
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

'Meddle not in the affairs of Dragons, for ye are crunchy and tasteth good with condiments,' reads the sign beside a collection of Pocket Dragons, one of several intricate scenes in the Enchanted Realm gallery at th…
Historic Building in Tucson

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 mirage just off I-19 that brings an otherworldly glow to the scrubby landscape surrounding it. Nickn…
Area in Tucson

Presidio Historic District

The Tucson Museum of Art is part of this low-key neighborhood, which embraces the site of the original Spanish fort and a ritzy residential area once nicknamed 'Snob Hollow.' This is (per current historical knowledg…
Area in Tucson

4th Avenue

Linking historic downtown and the university, lively 4th Ave is a rare breed: a hip yet alt-flavored strip with a neighborhood feel and not a single chain store or restaurant (oops, except for Dairy Queen). The stre…
Museum in Tucson

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 wander through hangars and around the airfield where more than 30…
Canyon in Tucson

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon, a lush, pretty and shaded mini-gorge, is a favorite year-round destination for both locals and visitors. Narrated hop-on, hop-off tram tours along the Sabino Canyon Trail (adult/child $7.50/3) depart …
Museum in Tucson

Arizona State Museum

To learn more about the history and culture of region's Native American tribes, spend an hour or two exploring the Arizona State Museum, the oldest and largest anthropology museum in the Southwest. The exhibit cover…
Film Location in Tucson

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, bringing in movie stars from Clint Eastwood to Leonardo DiCap…