Half a million people call Tucson, Arizona home, so you can rest assured that there is plenty of fun and captivating things to do during a visit to the city. Whether you want to visit places that hail the distinctive culture of the busy city or are excited about exploring the red rock canyons of the unique outdoor landscape, you can easily find something that matches your interests. Here is a quick look at some of the best things to do in Tucson.
Visit the Breathtaking Sabino Canyon
While the Grand Canyon might get the most press, the Sabino Canyon is easily one of the most stunning formations in the nation. A hike through the canyon offers a chance to see the true beauty of Tucson flora and breath in the crisp, fresh air, and the bonus views from the top of the canyon are a sight you will never forget. Add in the stunning blue sky and the waterfalls that dot the trails and you will never want to leave. As a bonus, the park features an onsite tram that makes it easy to see some of the best sights if long hikes are not physically possible.
See Cacti Up-Close at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Visitors to Tuscon rave about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum because it showcases the flora of the area in an astounding new way. From hummingbirds to cacti and the occasional wild bobcat, there is something for everyone at the Museum. The museum spans hundreds of acres and is also home to the Tuscon zoo and aquarium along with a natural history museum which means you can easily spend two days exploring the area. As a bonus, there is also an art gallery within the museum that celebrates the culture of the southwest Native Americans and its influence on the region.
Travel Back in Town in Old Tucson
Finally, you can’t visit Tuscon without stepping back into time via a visit to the Old West town/theme park Old Tucson. While the historical details might be a bit inflated, you will definitely feel like you are on the set of some of your favorite old westerns while strolling through town. In fact, some of the classic westerns like O.K. Corral were actually filmed here and you have fun with the kids re-enacting famous film scenes in front of saloons and general stores.
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