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Visiting Tucson

Nestled near the Mexican border, Tucson combines an Old West atmosphere with a vibrant Latino culture, all surrounded by four mountain ranges. The area’s diverse attractions cover culture, nature, and history; wander through native cacti in Saguaro National Park and visit the baroque Mission San Xavier del Bac, and then—even if you’re headed for one of Tucson’s world-famous spas—indulge in a tostada or chimichanga at the authentic restaurants around.

Outdoor activities in Tucson include a hike up Mount Lemmon for great views of the city and surrounding area. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a less strenuous activity; a trip to the Biosphere 2 will take you outdoors, indoors; and there is always Tucson nightlife for a good time. Whatever your pace,... Read More
Nestled near the Mexican border, Tucson combines an Old West atmosphere with a vibrant Latino culture, all surrounded by four mountain ranges. The area’s diverse attractions cover culture, nature, and history; wander through native cacti in Saguaro National Park and visit the baroque Mission San Xavier del Bac, and then—even if you’re headed for one of Tucson’s world-famous spas—indulge in a tostada or chimichanga at the authentic restaurants around.

Outdoor activities in Tucson include a hike up Mount Lemmon for great views of the city and surrounding area. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a less strenuous activity; a trip to the Biosphere 2 will take you outdoors, indoors; and there is always Tucson nightlife for a good time. Whatever your pace, Tucson offers plenty of hotels and resorts where you can relax and get ready for the next day’s adventure.

Before you go, browse IgoUgo travelers’ photos to check out the mesmerizing desert scenery that forms the backdrop to any Tucson trip, and then find a flight to the “The Old Pueblo.”    Close

Stories and Tips Tucson

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Road Trip USA 2002: Tucson, March 1/2

Written by Gwilym Owen on 10 Sep, 2006

Arriving at Tucson Greyhound bus station after taking the overnight bus from San Antonio, it was my job to get the hire car from Tucson Airport while my travel partner looked after our bags. This meant getting on another bus, which wasn’t exactly high on…Read More


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Mt. Lemmon 2 -- Post-Aspen Fire

Written by btwood2 on 26 Apr, 2004

We were in Oregon at the beginning of summer 2003 when news of the Aspen Fire burning in the Catalinas and threatening the community of Summerhaven reached us. When we returned to Tucson in April 2004, we decided to take the drive up the…Read More


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Mt. Lemmon 1 -- Pre-Aspen Fire

Written by btwood2 on 26 Apr, 2004

One year ago in April 2003, we had no idea that the landscape through which we drove that fresh spring day would become drastically altered by one of the worst forest fires in southern Arizona’s history only a few months later. The fire called…Read More


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Mission San Xavier

Written by wanderluster on 05 Mar, 2005

We arrived before dawn to watch the sun light up the White Dove of the Desert. Even in the dark, the scaffolding was evident around one of the two bell towers, marring our view of what's considered the finest example of mission architecture in the…Read More


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Day Trip Southeast to Bisbee

Written by wanderluster on 05 Mar, 2005

Back in 1880, copper mining attracted immigrants from Russia, Serbia, Ireland, Mexico, and Italy to this small community, which became the most prosperous settlement in Arizona. Situated just 6 miles from the Mexican border, a conglomeration of architectural styles filled the steep narrow streets built…Read More


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Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum

Written by wanderluster on 05 Mar, 2005

Did you know that 35 species of fish live in the desert? Or that the much-photographed saguaro cactus–-the headless cowboy-looking cactus with upraised arms–-only grows here in the Sonoran Desert? Or that the desert blooms each spring beginning with yellow colors first? Or that the…Read More


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Casa Tierra's Desert B&B

Written by wanderluster on 05 Mar, 2005

"Listen, do you hear that?" I whispered to my husband around midnight. Eerie howls harmonized in the otherwise still night. "Coyotes," he said, rising to open the patio door so we could hear them better. Abruptly, they stopped, as if on cue. A full moon lit…Read More


Off the Tourist-Beaten Path...

Written by watsonmonkeysmom on 29 Sep, 2006

After several trips to Tucson, I started to get bored with the usual. The zoo, been there. Desert Museum, done that. So, I started finding new things to do. My first stop, and the first place you ALWAYS look for social/cultural events?…Read More


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Casino Hopping in Tucson

Written by btwood2 on 26 Apr, 2004

We aren’t big gamblers. Wait a minute, we aren’t any kind of gamblers. When we gamble, we lose. We don’t know secret systems that will improve the odds to win, and we’re not lucky at financial matters. That said, we enjoy…Read More


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Mt. Lemmon 3 - Summerhaven

Written by btwood2 on 26 Apr, 2004

We didn’t know what to expect as we turned off Catalina Highway to Summerhaven. We’d read that the community was devastated and largely burned down, so we were surprised and gladdened when we spied the post office and Mount Lemmon Café, which are connected…Read More


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