Desert Heat: Best Romantic Things to Do in Tucson



With gorgeous desert scenery and a laid-back charm, Tucson and romance go hand and hand. Whether you and your date are looking for a day of outdoor adventure, or prefer a night out in the city, the list of romantic things to do in the Old Pueblo are varied and unique. 

Nature lovers will want to spend a day at Tohono Chul, a sprawling botanical garden that showcases the native flowers, trees, plants and fauna of the Sonoran Desert. Not only is the scenery stunning, the garden is also home to an art gallery and a romantic bistro. 

When day draws to an end, you might want to head to Tucson Mountain Park, home to Gate's Pass, one of the city's most scenic outlook points. At sunset, the desert becomes flooded with amber light from the setting sun, creating a stunning setting for a romantic evening. 

For romance in the city, go for a stroll at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, where the city's historical adobe buildings set the stage for a romantic outing. The art museum's charming cafe, Cafe a la C'art, tucked away in a lovely historic house on the museum grounds, offers a quaint, comfy spot for a gourmet brunch or lunch.



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Ted DeGrazia is a Tucson legend. His home and the surrounding buildings, originally built in open country in the foothills of the Catalinas, are now surrounded by the city. The gallery, his former home, his workshop, and the roofless chapel were...  Read More


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About 50 miles south of Tucson is the artsy little town of Tubac. Start off at the Visitor's Center in the La Entrada de Tubac shopping center, where you can pick up maps and plenty of brochures about local attractions. You'll certainly want to...  Read More


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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures in Tucson is a 15,560 square foot facility that likes to think of itself as a miniature time machine where you can step back in time--in miniature form. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a self-guided...  Read More


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Sabino Canyon
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Situated on the northeast edge of town in the Catalina Mountains, Sabino Canyon is a popular year-round spot for walking and picnicking because it doesn't require a hike into the mountains. That's because a shuttle bus travels the 3.8 miles to...  Read More


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Located about an hour from town, Mt. Lemmon's ski lift runs year round you can use it to reach the top for skiing in the winter or hiking in the summer. And thanks to the mountain's altitude (about 9000 feet), the climate is substantially...  Read More


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Within its boundaries, this 20,000 acre park has miles of hiking trails and numerous incredible desert vistas. If that sounds appealing, a hike up to Gates Pass will reward you with a charming stone gazebo from which to take in a stellar sunset...  Read More


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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of Tucson's star attractions, with good reason. Part zoo, part natural history museum, and part botanical garden, the facility is set on 21 acres and is home to numerous animals that roam freely within...  Read More


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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block


 

The Tucson Museum of Art houses a permanent exhibit of pre-Columbian art, Western art, Latin American art (from ancient to contemporary), modern and contemporary art, and Asian art, plus traveling exhibits. It also houses an art school and an...  Read More


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Tohono Chul Park is an award-winning botanical garden in northwest Tucson. The park has been open for more than 25 years, bringing together nature, art and culture in unique and insightful exhibits. The park's gardens were designed to attract...  Read More


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Set in the heart of the city, the Tucson Botanical Gardens offers plenty of winding pathways, taking visitors past floral exhibits, greenhouses, classrooms for instruction, and a superb exhibit on xeriscaping, a concept of planning yards and...  Read More


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