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Things to do in The Tucson Area

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in The Tucson Area. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite The Tucson Area attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in The Tucson Area to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in The Tucson Area.

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  • Anza Trail

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    The property features a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one venue. More
  • Biosphere 2

    Guided tours at the Biosphere 2 give families an insider view into the world’s largest glass-enclosed environmental lab—with wilderness zones rangi... More
  • Bog Springs-Kent Spring Loop

  • Center for Creative Photography

    The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography houses a blue-chip collection of more than 2,225 photographers, including Ansel Adams, ... More
  • Cobre Valley Center for the Arts

    The center consists of a gallery, music studios, crafts studios, and a community theater that recently staged the locally written production of Jus... More
  • DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

    Whether or not you’re a fan of Ted DeGrazia’s much reproduced art, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is worth a visit: the adobe walls seem to glow i... More
  • Elephant Head Trail

  • Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory

    One of the world’s largest telescopes sits atop Mount Hopkins. Amateur astronomers can check out the scaled-down models at the visitors’ center, 10... More
  • Hi Corbett Field

  • Ike's Coffee Bar & Cocktails

    Jet-setters' way station More
  • Kitt Peak National Observatory

    Budding astronomers will like Kitt Peak National Observatory, about an hour out of Tucson, with the largest collection of optical research telescop... More
  • Mesquite Valley Growers

    Seventeen acres of prickles and thorns mean heaven for succulent lovers at this nursery that stocks a vast selection of garden art. More
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Tour the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert; it’s often cited as the finest intact example of Mission ... More
  • Mt. Lemmon General Store & Gift Shop

    The shop sells sinful slabs of homemade fudge (locals swear by the cookie-dough variety). More

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