Best Tucson Attractions and Activities: Can't-Miss Sights around 'Old Pueblo'
Tucson is home to one of the most iconic symbols of the West: the Giant Saguaro. This monolithic, sub-tropical plant can be seen along desert roads and clustered at the base of Tucson's hillsides and mountains. Get your fill of this beautiful and unique desert scenery with a visit to Saguaro National Park, which is bifurcated into two large swaths, situated on both the western and eastern edges of the city. Another can't-miss is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, located deep in the desert of Tucson's westside. This impressive "living" museum features extensive walking trails, gardens, and unique outdoor exhibits where you can... Read more »
- Type: Family Friendly, Gardens, Museums, Outdoor Activities, Science Museums, Sightseeing
- Neighborhood: West Tucson
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a unique outdoor museum showcasing the natural flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert.
Local Expert Tip: "This is a "living" outdoor museum--bring sunscreen and water."
Old Tucson Studios is a must-stop for film buffs and fans of classic movie westerns.
Local Expert Tip: "Check the website for special events."
The San Xavier Mission is Arizona's most historic church, and one of the Southwest's best preserved Spanish missions.
Local Expert Tip: "This is an active parish; be mindful of mass hours. "
Mt. Lemmon offers a scenic drive and a crisp, cool escape from the heat of the desert valley below.
Local Expert Tip: "Spend some time exploring the village of Summerhaven."
DeGrazia's Gallery in the Sun is a one-of-a-kind Tucson attraction that preserves the studio and home of one of the city's legendary artists.
Local Expert Tip: "Original art available in the large gift shop/gallery. "
The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block preserves some of Tucson's oldest buildings.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the historic presidio."
Biosphere 2 is a one-of-a-kind Tucson attraction that is not to be missed. Even visitors with a casual interest in popular science will be intrigued.
Local Expert Tip: "Biosphere 2 is located in Oracle, AZ, on the outskirts of Tucson."
The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the best places in the country to get a close-up look at historic aircraft.
Local Expert Tip: "The museum's restaurant, Flight Grill, is open from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm."
The University of Arizona is one of the largest public universities in the Southwest. Four campus museums are open to the public.
Local Expert Tip: "Explore the university's Main Gate area, home to dozens of shops and eateries."
Saguaro National Park is the best place to explore the natural flora of Tucson's Sonoran Desert, especially the iconic Saguaro.
Local Expert Tip: "For a short, memorable hike, take the Valley View Overlook Trail, offering views of the Avra Valley and distant mountain ranges."
From Our Partners
Ready for Your Dream Vacation?