Things to do in Tucson
Tucson is Arizona’s second biggest city, but it comes first in cultural landmarks and fascinating local history. Also known as “The Old Pueblo”, Tucson is one of the best cities to take in Southwest culture, and some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the country.
Vinnie Van GO loves to visit Tucson – and here’s his must-visit guide to prove it!
Tucson Jazz Festival
Love jazz? Well if you’re in Tucson in January you’re in luck! One of the biggest winter jazz festivals in the country includes 10 days straight of legendary jazz musicians and bands, as well as countless emerging talents.
Tucson Cine Mexico
In late March, the longest-running festival of contemporary Mexican film in the United States has been taking place in Tucson since 2004. With award-winning contemporary films, shorts, documentaries, panels, Q&A sessions and more, this is a must-attend event for the southwestern cinephile!
Agave Heritage Festival
Did you know that Tucson was the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the USA? Then it should come as no surprise that the city’s annual culinary events are some of the most highly-anticipated of the year. This annual May festival celebrates the importance of the agave plant, native to the region. Participate in talks, tours, tastings, and more!
Tucson Arena & Convention Center
This massive arena hosts most of the area’s major entertainment and sporting events throughout the year. It also is home to many major business conventions, and is conveniently located only a short shuttle ride away from all major Tucson hotels.
260 S. Church Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Saguaro National Park
Take in the rare Saguaro plant in one of the most majestic public parks in the country. Saguaro National Park is just a short shuttle ride from Tucson, and promises vistas that will have you falling in love with the desert landscape. Don’t forget your sunscreen – and your camera!
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This 98-acre museum has a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, art gallery, and more! Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum remains one of the best places to learn about the desert and is one of Tucson’s most-visited landmarks.
2021 N Kinney Road
Tucson, AZ 85743
Mission San Xavier del Bac
This Spanish Catholic mission just a short shuttle ride from downtown Tucson is one of the city’s most important historic buildings. Opened in 1797 in the middle of a centuries-old Native American settlement, a visit to this mission is like stepping back in time.
1950 W San Xavier Road
Tucson, AZ 85746
If you like to bike, try Tucson Bike Tours for a unique historic guided experience through the colorful barrios. Want to get up-close and personal? Sam Hughes Neighborhood Home Tours offers tours inside 10 of the area’s midtown historic residences and gardens. For Tucson’s culinary side, try Tucson Food Tours, a highly rated guided experience that will leave you entertained – and full. If you’re an independent traveler, check out Tucson’s official government site for self-guided tours of historic Tucson.
Bird Modern Provisions & Bar
For southern food with a modern twist, Bird Modern Provisions & Bar has a menu that is beloved by foodie critics and locals alike. Don’t forget to stop by for a late night original cocktail.
7109 N Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
This eatery in the north side of Tucson serves up classic breakfast dishes with an international twist. From the cast-iron Dutch Baby pancake to the Hong Kong-inspired bubble waffle, Teaspoon’s dishes are delicious at anytime of the day.
7053 N Oracle Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
For some of the best classic Italian pizza around, there’s no better place than Fiamme. Their chef just won the 2017 World Pizza Championship, so you know it’s good!
4706 E Sunrise Drive
Tucson, AZ 85718