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What to see in Tucson

Tucson Attractions


Much like nearby big brother Phoenix, Tucson is primarily celebrated as a gateway to the glories of the desert, but there are worthwhile sightseeing attractions within the city as well.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, the Mission San Xavier del Bac, the Tucson Mountain Park, Madera Canyon and the incredible caves in the Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Kartchner Caverns State Park are very close by, providing spectacular scenery for hikers and spelunkers. The iconic cowboy town of Tombstone is also nearby, attracting travellers keen to experience the rough charm of the Wild West.

Within the city of Tucson, popular stops on the tourist trail include the Tucson Botanical Gardens, the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum (between January and March), and a number of interesting art museums and galleries, like the University of Arizona Art Museum and the Degrazia Gallery in the Sun.

If you intend to see and do a lot in Tucson it is worth purchasing a Tucson Attractions Passport, a pocket travel guide which offers discounts and coupons for many of the best attractions in the region. The passport costs $18 and can be bought online or at the Tucson Visitor Center.


DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

The DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is an iconic Tucson landmark located at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Established…

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Philabaum Glass

Tom Philabaum is well known as one of America's foremost glass artists, with exhibits throughout the Western world. His…

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The Mission San Xavier del Bac

This historic Spanish mission in the Tohono O'odham Nation Reservation is located 10 miles (16km) south of the city (a…

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Trail Dust Town

Trail Dust Town is built on the site of a 1950s western movie set and is home to a vintage 1920s Fiesta del Presidio

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

The Tucson Botanical Gardens are a major attraction, and not just for the rich collection of cactus and desert wildflowers.…

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Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

At the Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum, pioneer artefacts and a re-created Western Main Street represent what Tucson looked…

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University of Arizona Art Museum

As part of the Edward J. Gallagher Memorial Collection, the University of Arizona Art Museum, situated on campus, is…

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Valley of the Moon

The Valley of the Moon was designed to stimulate the imagination of children and to awaken creativity and spirituality…

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