Tucson Attractions

Tucson AttractionsTucson is located in southern Arizona, 60 miles north of the Mexican border. It’s the 33rd largest city in the United States, and Tucson is Spanish for “at the base of the black hill,” referring to its location near an extinct volcano.

Tucson is serviced by major highways which make it easy for tourists to visit major attractions nearby. Visitors should pack accordingly for a visit to Tucson where average temperatures are above 100 degrees from April through October.

Mount Lemmon
Mount Lemmon is the tallest mountain near Tucson at 9,157 feet and offers a spectacular view of the city and the desert floor. Catalina Highway takes visitors to the mountain where they can enjoy camping, bird watching, exploring, hiking, skiing and cycling. The Steward Observatory atop the mountain is open to the public. Mount Lemmon is one of the favorite vacation areas for residents of Tucson.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Featuring a 98 acre zoo and museum in Tucson, this attraction invites visitors to see mountain lions, desert flora and educational displays to acquaint people with nature around this area. Visitors can stroll along two miles of trails to marvel at desert life.

Titan Missile Museum
Tourists can explore an old decommissioned silo where ICBMs stood ready to rain destruction down on any enemy who dared to attack. Visitors will see the underground facilities down to the seventh level, an inert mock-up of a Titan II missile and the giant silo doors.

Trail Dust Town
Small children love the narrow-gauge train that takes visitors around this western-themed mall. It’s filled with historical artifacts and small shops to buy souvenirs. The stunt show is featured in the evening with actors playing out western roles.

Pima Air & Space Museum
This museum presents the history of manned flight and boasts one of the largest displays of aircraft in the world.

Sabino Canyon
Hiking, swimming, picnicking and cycling are offered at this area of the Coronado National Forest.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
Built in 1786, this adobe church represents early Spanish architecture with carvings, frescoes and sculptures.

La Paloma Golf Course
This is a Jack Nicklaus course that features 27 holes at the Westin La Paloma resort.

Tucson Mountain Park
Enjoy exploring a true desert environment at this 20,000 acre preserve. Dress accordingly and carry plenty of water.

The Fox Tucson Theatre
This gaily decorated theatre located in downtown Tucson is a primary landmark and a tribute to the local arts. This theatre pays homage to the unusual southwestern Art Deco design of that era. It reopened in 2005 and hosts a wide variety of southwestern entertainment, including jazz, ballet, rock and concerts.