Tucson

Travel Guide
Tucson

Arizona’s second-largest city is known for its desert landscapes, mountainous regions, science scene and cosmopolitan culture.

Tucson is a modern city and thriving science hub set amid the sparse Sonoran Desert landscape and enclosed by five mountain ranges. The warm, dry climate, national parks, hiking trails and wildlife attract over a million outdoor lovers every year. Dubbed “Optics Valley,” the city is a world leader in optics manufacturing and astronomical research.

The roots of the cultural heritage that has shaped Tucson can be seen in Native American arts and crafts, old Hispanic neighborhoods and 19th-century American architecture. Tucsonans embrace their desert surroundings and celebrate nature and the outdoor lifestyle.

Explore the scenery with a hike through Saguaro National Park. The large, fleshy cactus has come to symbolize the American West. Tucson has the country’s largest population of saguaro cacti. Learn about native flora and fauna at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. A visit to Tohono Chul Park and Tucson Botanical Gardens will also immerse you in the beauty of the desert’s plants.

Visit Biosphere 2 to see how Tucson was at the forefront of one of the most ambitious experiments of recent times. Eight people lived for two years under glass domes in the desert. Tour the facility to see how it contributes to our understanding of climate change. Visit Pima Air & Space Museum with aircraft and spacecraft revealing 100 years of aviation history.

Head into the city to experience Tucson’s artistic and cultural scene. Visit art galleries, bookstores and jewelry shops. Art aficionados will enjoy the Tucson Museum of Art, which covers an entire city block in the El Presidio Historic District in the downtown area. The institution is devoted to art from the last 3,000 years. Stay downtown to watch dance, theater, music or film performances at the Fox Tucson Theatre, a restored movie palace from the 1930s.

Tucson has a good public bus system called Sun Tran and the downtown area is easily explored on foot. If you want to travel outside the city limits and explore the desert scenery you will need to rent a car.

Where to stay in Tucson

Hotel McCoy - Art, Coffee, Beer, Wine
Hotel McCoy - Art, Coffee, Beer, Wine
3 out of 5
720 W. Silverlake Road, Tucson, AZ
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$215 per night from 20 Feb. to 21 Feb.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tucson Convention Center, Children's Museum Tucson and Fox Theatre. Rialto Theatre and University ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,617 reviews)
"Very unique, kind of funky."

Reviewed on 20 Jan. 2022

Hotel McCoy - Art, Coffee, Beer, Wine
The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
3.5 out of 5
960 South Freeway Rd, Tucson, AZ
The price is NZ$225 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Garden of Gethsemane and Tucson Convention Center. Fox Theatre and Rialto Theatre are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (233 reviews)
"We loved the uniqueness of the property. Don't be worried about the immediate neighborhood, it's on the up and coming and we felt that the belongings we left in our vehicle and room were safe. The hotel and property were very hip and inviting. The amenities fantastic."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
4.5 out of 5
7000 N Resort Dr, Tucson, AZ
The price is NZ$389 per night from 6 Feb. to 7 Feb.
This family-friendly Tucson hotel is located in the mountains, 0.6 mi (1 km) from Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Sabino Canyon ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (982 reviews)
"Excellent property close to Sabino canyon All amenities available 2 pool ( one is adult ) Ample parking Safe 2 restaurants, Bar & Barista"

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
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Varsity Clubs Of America - Tucson by Diamond Resorts
Varsity Clubs Of America - Tucson by Diamond Resorts
3 out of 5
3855 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ
The price is NZ$230 per night from 25 Jan. to 26 Jan.
This family-friendly Tucson aparthotel is located near the airport, within 2 mi (3 km) of Tucson Botanical Gardens, El Con Mall and Himmel Park. University of ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,671 reviews)
"Building is a little dated. Staff was very friendly and helpful. They keep the front doors locked so only guests can enter. Felt safe there. Pool and hot tub are nice with a little put put area and bbq area. Overall good experience."

Reviewed on 22 Jan. 2022

Varsity Clubs Of America - Tucson by Diamond Resorts
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tucson Airport
Home2 Suites by Hilton Tucson Airport
3 out of 5
6555 SOUTH BAY COLONY DRIVE, Tucson, AZ
The price is NZ$308 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Situated in Tucson, this aparthotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from Tucson International Raceway and within 6 miles (10 km) of Kino Sports Complex and Desert Diamond Casinos ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (78 reviews)
"Very nice and convenient"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Tucson Airport
Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza Univ
Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza Univ
3 out of 5
4250 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ
The price is NZ$375 per night from 13 Feb. to 14 Feb.
Situated in the entertainment district, this aparthotel is 3 mi (4.8 km) from University of Arizona, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tucson Botanical Gardens and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (528 reviews)
"St Philip's Plaza is unique and very pleasant for its presentation of Southwestern culture. A variety of excellent food, shopping and accommodations are available in this one compact space."

Reviewed on 4 Jan. 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza Univ
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