There’s a distinct southwestern flavor to Tucson; things to do here often celebrate that character. Visitors can learn that the desert isn’t so, well, deserted at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, a garden-zoo-aquarium that shows off stunning flora and fauna like mountain lions, birds of prey, and cacti. Among the things to see in Tucson, few celebrate the area’s military background better than the Pima Air & Space Museum’s shining aircraft. But what about year-round residents who want to know what to do in Tucson? They can see the city in a new light with tours—by foot, Jeep, motorcycle, and even hot-air balloon—and get to know themselves and their fellow citizens better at group art or fitness classes.

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