Tucson Guide

Tucson—nicknamed “The Old Pueblo”—is a bastion of southwestern culture surrounded by a desert and five mountain ranges. The second-largest city in Arizona, Tucson has been inhabited for around 10,000 years, and the beautiful scenery, sunny skies, and year-round warm weather still cast a spell on locals and visitors alike.

Over the city’s long history, it's absorbed elements from the many peoples who have lived or passed through here: Native Americans, Europeans, Latinos, and Asians to name a few. This unique blend is especially evident in the downtown restaurant scene, where you can get authentic chiles rellenos, sushi, and upscale bistro fare with fine wines from nearby vineyards.

Tucson Essentials
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac: Known as the "White Dove of the Desert," this is one of the oldest intact European structures in Arizona. The sprawling adobe church, located about 10 miles south of downtown, was built in the 1700s. It's a striking example of the area's Spanish colonial architecture, with an interior adorned with frescoes and sculptures.
  • Old Tucson Studios is a still-active film set where you can walk through a fabricated Western town, complete with reenacted shootouts on the main street and information on movies and TV shows shot there, including Bonanza and Gunfight at the OK Corral.
  • Shop the town for handcrafted leather cowboy boots, bottles of hot sauce, or locally made Southwestern art.
  • Eclectic downtown dining: Bite into duck tacos at The Abbey, fork up rabbit terrine and steak-frites at Proper, and sip on innovative silver tequila cocktails at the ever-busy Contigo Cocina Latina.
Tucson Outdoors
  • Saguaro National Park: See the majestic giant saguaro cactus—a symbol of the American west—in its natural habitat. The park features 165 miles of hiking trails through a forest with thousands of cacti. Bring plenty of water; temperatures often soar past 100 degrees.
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: An award-winning botanical garden, natural history museum, and zoo where mountain lions, gila monsters, and more than 1,200 kinds of plants inhabit 21 acres of desert scenery
  • Sabino Canyon: Take a narrated tram tour into this dramatic canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains, or navigate hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

Where to Stay

  • Lodge on the Desert: Founded in 1936, this former dude ranch sits in the center of Tucson. Recent renovations to the hotel include an onsite restaurant and heated pool.
  • The Hotel Congress: A historic hotel where John Dillinger was captured in 1934. Today, you can hang out in the bar and enjoy live music shows.
  • El Rancho Merlita Ranch House Bed and Breakfast: A luxury inn built by cosmetics maven Merle Norman in the 1950s; features hearty breakfasts, huge rooms, and a pool
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Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona

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JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona

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Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Resort
Tucson, Arizona

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Hotel Tucson City Center
Hotel Tucson City Center
Tucson, Arizona

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Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa
Hyatt Grand Champions Resort & Spa
Tucson, Arizona

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Arizona Inn
Arizona Inn
Tucson, Arizona

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Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Tucson, Arizona

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Hilton Tucson East
Hilton Tucson East
Tucson, Arizona

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Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites
Sheraton Tucson Hotel and Suites
Tucson, Arizona

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Varsity Clubs of America Suites Hotel
Varsity Clubs of America Suites Hotel
Tucson, Arizona

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Quality Inn & Suites Oracle Foothills
Quality Inn & Suites Oracle Foothills
Tucson, Arizona

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Lodge on the Desert
Lodge on the Desert
Tucson, Arizona

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Radisson Tucson
Radisson Tucson
Tucson, Arizona

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Breeze Patio Bar and Grill at Radisson Tucson begins each day with a with a breakfast buffet of fruit, eggs, and breakfast entrees before moving on to its menu of steaks, burgers, and sandwiches. Working with regional ingredients, cooks grill half-pound Kobe-style burgers—customized with ingredients such as guacamole, havarti cheese, and jalapeños—and broil and marinate swordfish filet topped with salsa-butter sauce. On Saturday nights during the summer, a large poolside screen plays family-friendly movies for swimmers and diners.

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Arizona Casita
Arizona Casita
Tucson, Arizona

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Tanque Verde Ranch
Tanque Verde Ranch
Tucson, Arizona

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La Posada Lodge and Casitas
La Posada Lodge and Casitas
Tucson, Arizona

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The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa
Tucson, Arizona

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Tubac Golf Resort and Spa
Tubac Golf Resort and Spa
Tubac, Arizona

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Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico
Rio Rico, Arizona

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Gold Canyon Golf Resort
Gold Canyon Golf Resort
Gold Canyon, Arizona

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Radisson Phoenix/Chandler
Radisson Phoenix/Chandler
Chandler, Arizona

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Residence Inn Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Residence Inn Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center
Chandler, Arizona

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Sheraton
Sheraton
Chandler, Arizona

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Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
Hilton Phoenix East/Mesa
Mesa, Arizona

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Courtyard Phoenix Mesa
Courtyard Phoenix Mesa
Mesa, Arizona

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Dobson Ranch Inn & Suites
Dobson Ranch Inn & Suites
Mesa, Arizona

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Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Ctr
Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Ctr
Mesa, Arizona

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Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
Hyatt Place Phoenix/Mesa
Mesa, Arizona

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