Tucson, Arizona is a stunning place to visit, with great weather, some amazing national parks and forests, and a fascinating desert to explore. It offers the perfect environment for people who would like to enjoy outdoor activities and who would like to soak up a region’s history or culture.
The history of Tucson, Arizona dates back to much earlier than many of the Southwestern neighbours. There is architecture that dates back to the early 1900s, as well as some historic neighbourhoods, and some wonderful museums. The Mission San Xavier del Bac is an 18th century mission that is one of the most beautiful in the whole of the United States.
You can see the Mexican influences and the influence of the Native Americans quite clearly in almost everything about the outskirts of Tucson, while the city has a much stronger Western flavour. The Univesrity of Arizona gives the city a college-city vibe, and the city also benefits from the science center and the museums that are associated with the University.
There is a lot to see and do, whether you are looking to play golf at one of the world-class resorts, go horse riding, hike out in the wilderness, learn about the flora and fauna in the desert (and take some amazing photographs), or explore the pre-Columbian art and learn about the culture of Tucson via the Art Museum, there is no shortage of attractions.
The Tucson International Airport is just seven miles from the city, and has good public transport links. There are some great places to stay, and lots of attractions too. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a popular museum and gallery, and the Mt. Lemon Scenic Byway is a great scenic drive if you travel there as a motorist and want to soak in the sites quickly.
It’s well worth taking a day trip out to Tombstone, and also heading out to the Franklin Museum and the Pima Air and Space Museum. If you’re going there with younger children then the Children’s Museum has a lot of hands-on exhibits and is a great place to entertain the kids, while also being fun for adults too. For a late-night bit of entertainment, head to Spencer’s Observatory where you can watch the sun set and soak up the atmosphere.
Tucson is best visited with a car, because that will give you the chance to explore the area fully without relying on public transport.