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Arizona’s second largest city, Tucson, is a cool and quirky metropolis packed with unusual architecture, independent art galleries and world-renowned restaurants. Surrounded by desert landscape, rugged canyons and pine-topped peaks, it’s ideal if you’re looking to spend some time in nature, or try a new activity amid an incredible backdrop. Offering the perfect mix of scenery, sunny weather, and exciting things to do, a holiday to Tucson is not to be missed.

When it comes to hiking, biking and exploring the great outdoors, Saguaro National Park is the place to go. You can wander through columns of towering Saguaro cacti that cover the lowlands, or trek up to the mountainous district to see striking views that stretch for miles. Another great way to discover Tucson’s distinctive landscape is by taking a horse-back tour through the desert. Follow in the footsteps of cowboys as you and your trusty steed adventure along the rocky terrain, visiting Native American ruins along the way. You can round off your day by tucking into some authentic Sonoran food in a Tucson restaurant, or enjoying a glass of mesquite-smoked whiskey while watching the sunset.

If you’d rather stay in the city during your holiday, there’s lots to do in Tucson to help you fill your time. If you fancy seeing some impressive 18th-century architecture, then the San Xavier del Bac Mission is well worth a visit. Marvel at the gold-covered, baroque interior and learn all about Arizona’s Spanish Colonial history and the resilient Tohono Oʼodham people. Or, if you want to see work from one of Tucson’s local artists, why not explore some of the city’s hidden galleries? Head to the Philabaum Glass Gallery to find beautifully-crafted glasswork, or take a trip to Ignite Sign Art Museum to see the vintage-style, neon signs.

With so much to see and do, a trip to Tucson can be tailor-made to suit you perfectly. Speak to one of our team to find out more and get started on planning your next adventure.

Things to do

Nature

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Best time to go

Things to do in Tucson

From museum tours to mountain-biking trails, there’s an abundance of things to do in this southern pocket of Arizona. Whether you want a holiday that’s all about city sight-seeing, or you’re ready for an action-packed adventure amid the mountains, Tucson’s got you covered.
A great way to get around Tucson is by bike. Take part in a guided tour, or simply pick up a roadside rental, and start exploring this historic city. Breeze past pastel-painted wall murals and Spanish-style architecture, before stopping off for a bite to eat at a street-side taco stall. Whilst you’re in the downtown area, you might want to visit the Tucson Museum of Art, where you can marvel at the mix of modern and Native American artworks that are on display. Or, if you prefer aviation over art, why not head to the fascinating Pima Air & Space Museum?

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When it comes to getting out and about, you’re spoilt for choice in Tucson. The Santa Catalina Mountains are ideal for trying out some rock-climbing or bouldering. Or, closer to the city, the Star Pass Trail at Tucson Mountain Park is the perfect spot for some mountain-biking in the Arizona sun. 

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Nature

Tucson boasts some stunning scenery. From the wide stretches of rugged desert landscape, to the neatly-kept gardens that are hidden in the heart of the city, it’s ideal for shot strolls and strenuous hikes alike.
One of Tucson’s top attractions is the 91,000-acre Saguaro National Park. With cacti-covered desert, thick pine forests and spectacular mountain peaks, it’s well worth a day or two on your itinerary. You can walk past tumbling streams and purple wildflowers along the Douglas Spring Trail, or you can climb up to Wasson Peak to catch panoramic views from the top of the Tucson Mountains.

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Or, if you’d rather get behind the wheel, the Bajada Loop Drive passes great viewpoints and takes you up to Signal Hill, where you can see petroglyphs drawn by the Tohono people.
Closer to the city centre, there are plenty of pristine parks and pockets of green space. The Tucson Botanical Gardens cover an impressive five acres of land and feature an abundance of colourful flowers, cacti, palm trees and tropical butterflies. Or, make your way to the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, where you can rest under the shade of the drooping willow trees and watch shimmering koi fish swim beneath the lily pads.

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Dining

As the first city in the United States to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, it’s no exaggeration to say that Tucson boasts incredible cuisine. Thanks to the mix of Native American, Mexican and Spanish Colonial heritage, the flavours here are as diverse as they are delicious. Whether you’re looking for a ‘grab and go’ food spot, or a gourmet restaurant, there’s something in Tucson to get you excited.

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Some of the best food you can find in Tucson is the simple dishes served by street-side vendors. A popular choice is the bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog, which usually comes topped with tangy pico de gallo, mayonnaise and mustard. Or, for something to cool you down in the Arizona heat, the famous Raspados is a shaved-ice dessert made with sweet cream, fruit syrup and chamoy seasoning.
If you’d rather a sit-down restaurant, the family-run El Charro Café serves deep-fried chimichangas and authentic corn tamales. Or, to try some fresh seafood, head to Mariscos Chihuahua for top-quality oysters and tasty lime-marinated shrimp.

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Best time to go to Tucson

Unsurprisingly, the desert city of Tucson can get pretty hot. In the summer months, it’s not unusual for temperatures to hover around the mid-to-high thirties, making it difficult to enjoy your time in the great outdoors. But, if you still want to experience the Tucson sun, a holiday during spring or autumn is ideal for hikes and horse-back rides, and still warrants packing your sun cream and sandals. A great month to visit is April. Along with little rainfall, you can also experience the Tucson Folk Festival, where regional headliners and local bands perform for free around the city over the course of a weekend.

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Winter in Tucson is also a delight. As the region’s peak tourist season, it’s an ideal escape from grey skies and gloomy weather. Instead, you can explore the Sonoran Desert under blue skies and sip on prickly pear margaritas in the sunshine.

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Show Less

Things to do

Things to do in Tucson

From museum tours to mountain-biking trails, there’s an abundance of things to do in this southern pocket of Arizona. Whether you want a holiday that’s all about city sight-seeing, or you’re ready for an action-packed adventure amid the mountains, Tucson’s got you covered.
A great way to get around Tucson is by bike. Take part in a guided tour, or simply pick up a roadside rental, and start exploring this historic city. Breeze past pastel-painted wall murals and Spanish-style architecture, before stopping off for a bite to eat at a street-side taco stall. Whilst you’re in the downtown area, you might want to visit the Tucson Museum of Art, where you can marvel at the mix of modern and Native American artworks that are on display. Or, if you prefer aviation over art, why not head to the fascinating Pima Air & Space Museum?

Show More
Show Less

When it comes to getting out and about, you’re spoilt for choice in Tucson. The Santa Catalina Mountains are ideal for trying out some rock-climbing or bouldering. Or, closer to the city, the Star Pass Trail at Tucson Mountain Park is the perfect spot for some mountain-biking in the Arizona sun. 

Show More
Show Less

Nature

Nature

Tucson boasts some stunning scenery. From the wide stretches of rugged desert landscape, to the neatly-kept gardens that are hidden in the heart of the city, it’s ideal for shot strolls and strenuous hikes alike.
One of Tucson’s top attractions is the 91,000-acre Saguaro National Park. With cacti-covered desert, thick pine forests and spectacular mountain peaks, it’s well worth a day or two on your itinerary. You can walk past tumbling streams and purple wildflowers along the Douglas Spring Trail, or you can climb up to Wasson Peak to catch panoramic views from the top of the Tucson Mountains.

Show More
Show Less

Or, if you’d rather get behind the wheel, the Bajada Loop Drive passes great viewpoints and takes you up to Signal Hill, where you can see petroglyphs drawn by the Tohono people.
Closer to the city centre, there are plenty of pristine parks and pockets of green space. The Tucson Botanical Gardens cover an impressive five acres of land and feature an abundance of colourful flowers, cacti, palm trees and tropical butterflies. Or, make your way to the Yume Japanese Gardens of Tucson, where you can rest under the shade of the drooping willow trees and watch shimmering koi fish swim beneath the lily pads.

Show More
Show Less

Daytrips

Dining

As the first city in the United States to become a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, it’s no exaggeration to say that Tucson boasts incredible cuisine. Thanks to the mix of Native American, Mexican and Spanish Colonial heritage, the flavours here are as diverse as they are delicious. Whether you’re looking for a ‘grab and go’ food spot, or a gourmet restaurant, there’s something in Tucson to get you excited.

Show More
Show Less

Some of the best food you can find in Tucson is the simple dishes served by street-side vendors. A popular choice is the bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dog, which usually comes topped with tangy pico de gallo, mayonnaise and mustard. Or, for something to cool you down in the Arizona heat, the famous Raspados is a shaved-ice dessert made with sweet cream, fruit syrup and chamoy seasoning.
If you’d rather a sit-down restaurant, the family-run El Charro Café serves deep-fried chimichangas and authentic corn tamales. Or, to try some fresh seafood, head to Mariscos Chihuahua for top-quality oysters and tasty lime-marinated shrimp.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to go to Tucson

Unsurprisingly, the desert city of Tucson can get pretty hot. In the summer months, it’s not unusual for temperatures to hover around the mid-to-high thirties, making it difficult to enjoy your time in the great outdoors. But, if you still want to experience the Tucson sun, a holiday during spring or autumn is ideal for hikes and horse-back rides, and still warrants packing your sun cream and sandals. A great month to visit is April. Along with little rainfall, you can also experience the Tucson Folk Festival, where regional headliners and local bands perform for free around the city over the course of a weekend.

Show More
Show Less

Winter in Tucson is also a delight. As the region’s peak tourist season, it’s an ideal escape from grey skies and gloomy weather. Instead, you can explore the Sonoran Desert under blue skies and sip on prickly pear margaritas in the sunshine.

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Show Less

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