Tucson Places

TripWhat's travel guide to Tucson; our list of the best things to see, including Pima Air & Space Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens and Saguaro National Park.
  • The best place in Tucson: Pima Air & Space Museum

    Pima Air & Space Museum

    6000 E Valencia Rd
    Valencia Rd., Tel. (520) 574-0462, [21]. Features over 250 historic aircraft. A separate tour, also booked at the museum, can be booked to see the Aerospace Maintenance and Regentation Center (AMARC, aka the "Boneyard") tour to see 4200+ stored aircraft.
    Cherry Avenue food nearby
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens

    Tucson Botanical Gardens

    2150 N Alvernon Way
    This beautiful oasis in the heart of Tucson was originally the home of Bernice and Rutger Porter. Dating to the 1920s, the earliest buildings on the property were constructed of adobe bricks made right on site. True to the vision of Mrs. Porter, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a place of beauty, inspiration and education about the natural world.
    Midtown eat nearby
  • Saguaro National Park

    Saguaro National Park

    3693 South Old Spanish Trail
    The most dense forest of the iconic cactus of the American West. The park has two unconnected units to the east and west of Tucson.
    restaurants nearby
  • Old Tucson Studios

    Old Tucson Studios

    201 S
    Ever notice that Hollywood's Old West, the backdrop for the gun-slinging and cryptic comments of Hollywood's Western icons -- Wayne, Eastwood, Douglas and Newman -- has much in common with the Wild West of today's Tombstone and Geronimo? They've all been filmed at the Old Tucson Studios, originally built in 1939 for the making of the William Holden vehicle "Arizona." Still an active film, TV and commercial set, it's also a nostalgia-themed park, with main drag shootouts, corseted can-can dancers, educational shows, pre-Prohibition saloons, restaurants, and gift shops.
    Menlo Park food nearby
  • Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum

    Arizona Historical Society-Pioneer Museum

    This small state museum collects, preserves and exhibits artifacts, documents and photographs of the history of Flagstaff and northern Arizona. It also hosts a number of events throughout the year. Open from 9AM-5PM Monday through Saturday. An entrance fee is payable.
    West University eat nearby
  • The Summit Hut

    The Summit Hut

    5045 E
    Speedway at Rosemont, Tel. (520) 325-1554 and 605 E. Wetmore at 1st Avenue, Tel. (520) 888-1000, [31]. Offers great gear and resources for getting outdoors around Tucson. A very local shop with more than 30 years of experience. Go in and ask questions, these guys will take the time to help you out.
    Cherry Avenue
  • Tohono Chul Park

    Tohono Chul Park

    7366 N Paseo Del Norte
    Paseo del Norte, Tel. (520) 742-6455, [15]. "Tohono chul" means "desert corner" in the Tohono O'Odham's (desert people's) language, and this haven in the midst of Tucson's burgeoning north side offers a tea room, gift shop, bookstore, and art gallery in the middle of trails and gardens. There are extensive botanical exhibits explaining the native plants, and a wonderful plant-sale area in which to buy them for your own garden. Many kinds of desert birds are frequent visitors.
    food nearby
  • El Charro Café

    El Charro Café

    311 N
    Opened in 1922, El Charro is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned Mexican restaurant in the United States. The food is classic Southwestern, with more Sonoran influences than many Tucson restaurants.
    Sam Hughes
  • Betty's Fine Food & Spirits

    Betty's Fine Food & Spirits

    680 N High St
    , Short North, +1 614 228-6191. [11] No reservations. American eclectic cuisine, meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, tortilla-encrusted salmon. Lunch and dinner: daily. No children's menu; cocktails. Entrees: $7-$14. No wheelchair access.
    Peter Howell
  • Campbell Ave., Tel. (520) 322-9965, [33]. Amazing sandwiches on fresh-baked bread, made from ingredients that are as fresh as possible. (In addition to baking bread daily, the restaurant also roasts its turkey and beef on site.) They also have an espresso bar and pastries. A nice place for lunch, but watch out--it's very popular, and you may have to wait in line. Average sandwich (hot & cold) costs around $6-6.50, chips included.
  • Vero Amore

    Vero Amore

    3305 N Swan Rd # 105
    ‎ This is a certified pizzeria that hand-makes their mozzarella, and has the finest ingredients from Italy. Their pizza crust is crispy and chewy and oh-so-delicious! Try their Prosciutto Caprese Salad ($9.50) and Margarita Pizza ($9.25). Another favorite is the Capricciosa Pizza ($11).
  • HUB Restaurant & Creamery

    HUB Restaurant & Creamery

    266 East Congress Street
  • Plush

    Plush

    340 E 6th St
    Live music - talented local, regional, and national touring acts 5-7 nights a week.
    Pie Allen
  • The RumRunner

    3131 E. First Street
    Tucson's Destination Wine & Spirits Shop. Top Names, Rare Finds and Everyday Best Buys. International selection of fine wines. Vast selection of whiskeys--Scotch, Bourbon, Irish, Canadian; and vodka, gin, tequila, cognac, brandy, and surprisingly, Rum. Excellent Beer selection. Full-service cheese counter / paté / olives / cornichons / smoked salmon / caviar / proscuito / salametti / baguettes / picnic foods. Chocolates and candies. Wine Tastings / Wine Bar / In-house bistro / # www.RumRunnerTucson.com
    Miramonte
  • Carnival of Illusion

    Doubletree Hotel Tucson at Reid Park, 445 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson, 85711
    Fridays and Saturdays at 6PM and 8:30PM. National recipients for "Excellence in Magic" Roland Sarlot and Susan Eyed present a Victorian-inspired magical show. Who knew Tucson had this little gem? The Tucson Citizen calls the show, "The best show in Tucson." Book early. Seating is regularly sold out since it is quite intimate with only 35 guests per show. FYI. A secret... When booking, be sure to ask about the buy one dinner entree, get one free.
    Rosemont West restaurants nearby
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park

    Nine miles south of I-10
    Kartchner Caverns State Park, opened in 1999, is one of Arizona's newest wonders. Kartchner Caverns is a stunning limestone cave system considered one of the top ten in the world. Discovered in 1974 by explorers Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen, and not revealed until 1988, the opportunity existed to preserve the caverns in near-pristine condition.
    Miracle Manor food nearby
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac

    1950 W
    San Xavier Rd., Tel. (520) 294-2624, [16]. The "White Dove of the Desert" is a Tucson mission. Pure white and pristine against a hot desert backdrop, and still heady inside its elaborately colored and muraled interior from centuries of supplication, the Mission San Xavier del Bac was finished in 1797 when Arizona was still New Spain. It has recently been cleaned and restored by professional art conservators who worked with, and trained members of the community.
    eat nearby
  • Gem Show

    Tucson
    For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
    El Conquistador restaurants nearby
  • El Tiradito (The Castaway)

    South Granada Avenue at West Cushing Street
    El Tiradito is the only shrine to a sinner in North America. In the 1880s, a young man had an affair with his mother-in-law. When caught in the act, his father-in-law shot him and he stumbled from bed and ran out of the house. He dropped dead on this spot, and because he had not confessed his sins, he could not be buried in the church yard. His family and friends interred him where he fell, but remembered him with candles and flowers. People still burn candles and leave offerings today. The shrine is in what remains of Tucson's barrio (much of which was destroyed when the Tucson Convention Center was built). Best visited at dusk or after dark.
    Barrio Viejo food nearby
  • Congress Street

    Home of Club Congress and other venues
  • Titan Missile Museum

    1580 W
    Duval Mine Rd., Sahuarita, Tel. (520) 625-7736, [22]. Site south of Tucson preserves a Cold-War-era underground silo housing an unarmed Titan-II ICBM. Part of a larger field of such silos, this was one of the places from which nuclear war on the Soviet Union would have been waged.
    restaurants nearby
  • Independence Center Mall

    SE Corner of 39 St & I-70
    Located at I-470 & I-70 junction.
  • Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio

    711 S. 6th Avenue
    Tom Philabaum built his first glass studio in 1975, and opened the adjacent gallery in 1982. Together they represent one of the most enduring art endeavors of present-day Tucson. Visitors are able to watch the glass blowing process in the studio, and shop the impressive collection of contemporary glass art from artists around the country. Located just south of Downtown.
    Armory Park eat nearby
  • 4th Avenue

    One of two locations with a large concentration of bars and nightclubs
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    2021 N
    More like Biosphere II than a walled institution, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is part zoo, part natural history museum and part botanical garden all in one Tucson attraction. From tarantulas to black bears, coyotes to scorpions, the museum-zoo is an entrancing and full-contact tribute to the Sonoran desert's wildlife (the wire fences are nearly invisible and the hummingbirds in the buzzing, walk-in aviary seem to think you are the attraction). Give yourself time to soak in the Southwest splendor and if time is all you have, the Museum is also on the fringes of Saguaro National Park, home to the world's largest forests of Saguaro cacti.
    food nearby
  • Club Congress

    Club Congress

    311 E Congress St
    Congress St., Tel. (520) 622-8848, [26]. If you feel like dancing, this is the place to go. Located in the historic Congress Hotel, you'll find three bars and one dance floor, featuring techno dance beats and live bands. Call ahead to see who's playing. Cover charge.
    Cherry Avenue eat nearby
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