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Things to do in Tucson + Southern Arizona

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Tucson + Southern Arizona. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Tucson + Southern Arizona 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 Tucson + Southern Arizona 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 Tucson + Southern Arizona.

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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
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park

    Take the 1.5-hour guided tour of the tripped-out subterranean fantasia of soda-straw stalactites, stalagmites, and the tallest cave column in Arizo... More
  • Killer Bee Honey

    Sample the famous, locally harvested wares at Killer Bee Honey (where the golden syrup is flavored by mesquite and desert wildflowers). 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

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