Top things to do

Top Choice National Park in Tucson

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 playground. Or, more precisely, playgrounds: the park is divided …
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

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 – a trifecta that'll entertain young and old for easily half …
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

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 fantastical, historical and plain intriguing. You can also walk over a snow-globe…
Top Choice Mexican in Tucson

Cafe Poca Cosa

Chef Suzana Davila's award-winning nuevo-Mexican bistro is a must for fans of Mexican food in Tucson. A Spanish-English blackboard menu circulates between tables because dishes change twice daily – it's all freshly …
Top Choice Vegan in Tucson

Lovin' Spoonfuls

Burgers, country-fried chicken and club sandwiches – the menu reads like one at your typical diner but there's a big difference: no animal products will ever find their way into this vegan haven. Outstandingly creat…
Top Choice Bar in Tucson

Che's Lounge

This slightly grungy but hugely popular watering hole does cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and features a huge wraparound bar and fantastic murals by local artist (and bartender) Donovan. A popular college hangout, Che's ro…
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 structure that brings an otherworldly glow to the scrubby landscape surrounding it. Nicknamed 'White…
Street in Tucson

4th Avenue

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

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 museum in the Southwest. The exhibit covering the tribes' cultu…