With 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson is the place to vacation! With an incredible food & art scene and a breathtaking scenery virtually around every corner, Tucson is a great place to visit and spend some time in and outside the city.
Best Places to See
Gene C. Reid Park is a 131-acre urban park that includes a 9,500-seat baseball stadium, an outdoor performance center, two man-made lakes, public pools, and a 24-acre zoo along with playgrounds, gardens and picnic areas.
The Zoo is fun for all animal lovers alike.
MISSION SAN XAVIER DEL BAC
Not in the best shape – in fact the mission is slowly deteriorating, but the site is still something to see.
The historic Spanich Catholic mission is located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson and was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino in the center of a centuries-old settlement of the Sobaipuri O’odham, a branch of the Akimel or River O’odham located along the banks of the Santa Cruz River.
The mission that survives today was built between 1783 and 1797, which makes it the oldest European structure in Arizona.
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK
The home of the iconic giant saguaro cactus. The 92,000-acre (37,000 ha) park consists of two separate areas—the Tucson Mountain District (TMD) about 10 miles (16 km) west of the city of Tucson and the Rincon Mountain District (RMD) about 10 miles (16 km) east of the city.
The scenic drive to Mount Lemmon from Tucson is just as stunning as the views from the top of the mountain itself.
The mountain’s summit elevation is 9,159 feet (2,792 m), it’s the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains.
HEIRLOOM FARMER’S MARKET
There are several different locations, but the best one is the Green Valley Village
Currently closed down, keep an eye for the re-opening date on their website
COLOSSAL CAVE MOUNTAIN PARK
A large cave system about 22 miles (35 km) south east of Tucson, AZ. They offer variety of tours based on your level of activity – from easy going to a wild cave adventure tour. Booking in advance is a must, as tours are limited and fill up fast.
Best Places to Eat
Tucson has been declared the city of gastronomy by UNESCO – the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization.
The city has one of the best Latino, Mexican and Native American influences in culture and gastronomy I’ve seen on our travels.
Honestly some of the BEST Mexican food I’ve ever had. The wait is a bit long – especially on weekends, so come early. Their service is as legendary as their food.
You can’t go wrong by ordering anything here, but we were especially impressed with their Chorizo and Egg breakfast plate that is served with rice and beans or their traditional Albondigas soup or the epic Tortilla soup with fresh avocado heaped on top of their house made tortillas.
The most stunning loaf of bread you’ve ever seen. And delicious too. The line can be a bit long early in the morning, so be prepared to wait. It’s well worth it, though.
In ‘n Out
I love this fast food place – it’s simple, inexpensive, and always delicious. Plus you can order your burger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun for a carb free and less calorie laden option.