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Tucson

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One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another. The city and its suburbs house over 150 companies involved in the design and production of optics, responsible for the area's nickname "Optics Valley." A busy college town, Tucson attracts students from around the world, nearly 35,000 of them attending classes at the oldest university in the state of Arizona. To experience the best of what this city has to offer when on vacation here, include the downtown's eclectic restaurants and bars on your itinerary. To personalize your trip to Tucson, create itinerary details specific to you using our United States trip planner.
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
Pima Air and Space Museum ©
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Pima Air and Space Museum
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Duration: 4 hours
Sabino Canyon ©
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Sabino Canyon
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway ©
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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Tucson

Double R Ranch ©
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Double R Ranch Benson
4.8
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Titan Missile Museum Sahuarita
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4.3
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Hidden gems in Tucson

Madaras Gallery ©
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Madaras Gallery
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Gates Pass ©
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4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Arizona Winery Tours ©
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Arizona Winery Tours
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Duration: 4 hours
Catalina State Park ©
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Catalina State Park
4.8
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Nature in Tucson

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Saguaro National Park ©
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Saguaro National Park
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Duration: 8 hours
Madera Canyon
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Madera Canyon
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Duration: 2 hours
Tucson Mountain Park ©
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Tucson Mountain Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Hutch's Pool ©
Water Body
Hutch's Pool
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Duration: 4 hours

Trails in Tucson

Douglas Spring Trail
Hiking Trail
Douglas Spring Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Fantasy Island
Biking Trail
Fantasy Island
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Cactus Forest Trail
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Cactus Forest Trail
5.0
Duration: 2 hours
Wasson Peak ©
Hiking Trail
Wasson Peak
4.8
Duration: 4 hours

Museums in Tucson

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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures ©
Specialty Museum
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum ©
Art Museum
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Franklin Auto Museum ©
Specialty Museum
Franklin Auto Museum
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
390th Memorial Museum ©
Military Museum
390th Memorial Museum
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Pedego Electric Bikes Tucson ©
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Pedego Electric Bikes Tucson
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission
Mission San Xavier del Bac
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
Old Tucson ©
Theme Park
Old Tucson
4.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tohono Chul ©
Park
Tohono Chul
4.7
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in Tucson

To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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