First Time Tourists Guide in Tucson

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Tucson is a city in the state of Arizona in the United States

This city has many interesting natural attractions such as the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, El Presidio Plaza, and Saguaro National Park where visitors can see the nation's largest cacti

Visit Kitt Peak National Observatory to get the best pictures for your Instagram

And don't forget culinary in Tucson that will definitely satisfy your appetite

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SIGHTSEEING

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a zoo, natural history museum, aquarium, and botanical garden. The museum also has an art gallery and art classes. In this museum, you can enjoy some interesting activities such as stingray feeding, watching the Raptor Free Flight, and participating in the Desert Discovery Tour.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Natural history museum combining live animal exhibits & demonstrations with botanical gardens

Address : 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743, United States

DOWNTOWN

El Presidio Plaza has existed since 1539. The plaza is a historic site in downtown Tucson containing a memorial wall and the Battle of Bulge monument. Tourists will find a rose garden that was built to dedicate John F. Kennedy, the 35th president of the US. There is also a large fountain and several art pieces.

El Presidio Plaza

Community square with a rose garden, Spanish conquistador statue, large fountain & event space

Address : 165 W Alameda St, Tucson, AZ 85701, United States

SHOPPING

Mercado San Agustin is a place where you can find markets, shops, and restaurants in one place. You can find local clothes and souvenir shops as well as other local products. This public market is also often used for events and live music performances.

Mercado San Agustin

Charming market with eateries & shops surrounding a courtyard that hosts a farmers' market & events

Address : 100 South Avenida del Convento, Tucson, AZ 85745, United States

FOOD & DRINK

Mexican food is popular in Tucson since the state is also populated by Hispanic or Latin residents. It's a must to try Tucson's popular foods such as taco, Sonoran hot dog, and green corn tamales. And alcoholic drinks such as cocktail and beers are also recommended in Tucson.

CULTURE

The official language spoken by local people of Tucson is English. While some people also speak in Spanish. Tucson culture is influenced by the Spanish during the colonial era. The combination of several ethnicity such as Mexican, African-American, Asian, and Native American also add to the diversity of the city.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Peak season: The high season in Tucson lasts from January to March because tourists can explore the city in a sunny weather comfortably.

HOTEL

Tanque Verde Ranch offers a unique experience of staying. They offer a spectacular view of the desert and mountains that surround the area. In this hotel, the guests can enjoy several fun activities such as horseback riding, cycling, guided hiking and biking, fishing, and many more. Cat Mountain Roadside Inn is another alternative that you can choose in Tucson. This small lodge has a porch and room dedicated to the artist Frida Kahlo. The lodge is also an eco-friendly property that is decorated in southwestern-style decorations, and the beautiful views of the desert.

Tanque Verde Ranch

This upscale resort comprising an adobe ranch and outbuildings is 7 miles from Agua Caliente Regional Park and 8 miles from Tanque Verde Falls

Address : 14301 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85748, United States

Cat Mountain Roadside Inn

Unique rooms and decor that makes you continually notice something you didn't see before

Address : 2727 S Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85735, United States

RESTAURANT

BOCA Tacos Y Tequila serves gourmet Mexican Tacos and freshly made salsa. Besides tacos, this restaurant also offers some Mexican foods such as Pollo, Al Pastor, Asada, and Puerco Verde. You can also have some vegetarian options provided by the restaurant. To complete your adventure, visit Seis Kitchen to taste their 6 distinctive culinary regions in Mexico. They offer menus from breakfast, lunch, to dinner. When you're here, make sure to try their various burritos, such as the El Nino burrito and El Padre burrito.

BOCA Tacos Y Tequila

Outpost for modern Mexican fare, imaginative salsas & many craft beers, with a dog-friendly patio

Address : 533 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705, United States

Seis Kitchen

Casual kitchen offering a range of Mexican classics such as tacos with handmade tortillas

Address : 130 South Avenida del Convento #100, Tucson, AZ 85745, United States

CAFE

Cartel Coffee Lab is a coffee house chain that serves house-roasted brews and a variety of coffee. They also have the recommended vegan menu. Crave Coffee Bar is also a cafe that produces roasted in-house coffee beans. Beside coffee, this cafe also has hot chocolates, various kinds of tea, and tasty desserts.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Hip coffeehouse chain serving up house-roasted brews in a chill, bohemian surroundings

Address : 2516 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, United States

Crave Coffee Bar

Bright & airy gathering place for pastries & specialty coffees made with beans roasted in-house

Address : 4530 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85711, United States

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

Club Congress is a dance club with live music located in the Hotel Congress at Congress Street. They also have several popular themed nights such as Monday is for 80's music, Friday is for live music, and Saturday is for DJs performances with the multi-stage venue. Worth your time!

Club Congress

Built in 1919, this hip Downtown hotel, which once provided rooms to legendary bank robber John Dillinger

Address : 311 Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, United States

INTERESTING PLACE

Mission San Xavier del Bac is an iconic church with a baroque architecture and painted artwork built in 1979. There's no admission fee to tour around the church. You must also visit the Saguaro National Park. The national park is divided into two sides, the west and east side. You can witness the nation's largest cacti, local animals and other desert plants scattered around the park. On the west side, you can hike along the trails that are available for visitors.

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Completed in 1797, this iconic mission church features baroque architecture & painted artwork

Address : 1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson, AZ 85746, United States

Saguaro National Park

Scenic views, hiking trails & picnic areas are offered at this home of the country's largest cacti

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Kitt Peak National Observatory is a recommended place and one of the instagramable spots in Tucson. You will get an educational experience as a bonus. You can see various types of telescopes and learn about space. There are also tours provided by the observatory to give you more insights about astronomy. Tucson has many murals and one of the most populars is the Greetings from Tucson Mural. The colorful mural was painted by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs. Make sure you take many pictures of this iconic mural when you're visiting Tucson.

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Astronomy hub with nightly viewing programs & the world’s largest collection of research telescopes

Address : Tucson, AZ 85634, United States

Greetings from Tucson Mural

The colorful mural was painted by Victor Ving and Lisa Beggs

Address : at, E 7th St & N Arizona Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705, United States