Things to Do

Tucson is an amazing place to visit, filled with interesting sights to see and explore. In the Tucson area and beyond, the rich cultural heritage and storied history reflects a landscape found nowhere else on Earth. Venture off the beaten path and see what it means to free yourself. Explore barrio neighborhoods. Discover untouched corners of the vast Sonoran Desert. Look into the night sky with a million twinkling stars. Find freedom to roam from the depths of ancient caves to the tops of stunning mountain peaks. Tucson and the surrounding area has a lot to offer. After being at home for the past year you will want to get out and explore. Plan to arrive early and/or stay late so you can experience all that Tucson has to offer.

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Here are some of our recommendations for fun things to do while you’re here.


In December 2015, Tucson became the first City of Gastronomy designated in the United States joining the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.  It’s the intangible cultural heritage that ties Tucson’s present food scene to the past.  Enjoy the city’s burgeoning food scene of restaurants, food festivals, and farmer’s markets.


With more than 40 courses through the region, players of all skill levels will find endless options including the Omni-Tucson National, the site of the Cologuard PGA TOUR Champions event. To learn more about the golfing options close to the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, click here.


Tucson is a great place to get out and explore.  With five mountain ranges surrounding the city, you’ll have plenty of hikes to choose from. You can enjoy the Coronado National Forest surrounding Mt. Lemmon (with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet), ride the tram in Sabino Canyon, hike Saguaro National Park and enjoy Catalina State Park.  There is also a 131-mile shared-use paved path that can be enjoyed on foot, by bike, on skates or by horse.  Be sure to pack your sunscreen and water.

Downtown Tucson

You will want to be sure to plan some time for visit Tucson’s Downtown. Tucson’s downtown has been the city’s hub of activity for well over a century, but in the past several years it has seen a rebirth. New shops, bars, breweries and some of Tucson’s hottest restaurants are proud to call Downtown home. The Downtown area is comprised of six districts that highlight the deep-rooted history of the city. Many new lofts, condos, and luxury apartments are available for people ready to experience downtown with the convenience of walking and enjoying the vibrant city center.

Tucson Destinations

Additional things to consider for your Tucson visit include:

Ride to End Polio Bike Ride (November 20)

The Desert Museum

Tucson Botanical Gardens

Titan Missile Museum

Tucson Museum of Art

Pima Air & Space Museum

De Grazia Gallery in the Sun

City of Tombstone

Tohono Chul Park

Mission Garden

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