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Things to do in Tucson

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

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  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

    The property features a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one venue. More
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hi Corbett Field

  • Ike's Coffee Bar & Cocktails

    Jet-setters' way station 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
  • Old Town Artisans

    Once a fort that marked the northern frontier of New Spain, the 150-year-old Old Town Artisans houses a cluster of charming shops (although the tur... More
  • Pima Air & Space Museum

    The museum offers tours of the “boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, where thousands of old aircraft are mothballed. More
  • Saguaro National Park

    Hike the sprawling preserve of mature saguaro stands (found only in the Sonoran Desert). Go to the west side to see petroglyphs left by the Hohokam... More
  • Sol Journeys

    Biking Tubac’s 13-mile-long Elephant Head Trail, which starts near the top of Madera Canyon, can be a little hair-raising (the steep pitch means yo... More
  • Tucson Electric Park

  • W Boutique

    The two locations are good sources for warm-weather staples, including slouchy linen pants by Georgie and Warhol-print swimsuits by Diane von Furst... More

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