It’s a clear sky kind of city, where the sun rarely takes a vacation and steals the spotlight come dusk as it sets in a dazzling display of colors. While the most of the country wakes up to gray skies and frozen windshields in the winter, Tucson, Arizona welcomes the season with sunny days, mild temps and prickly pear margaritas. A natural oasis from the usual that inspires the free spirit in us all, Tucson is the perfect getaway from winter’s cold grasp. Whether it’s finding health and wellness or discovering an exciting outdoor experience with a culinary scene to match, Tucson provides a welcoming haven for all to explore without boundaries.
Endless Outdoor Adventures
Set among the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is encircled by five mountain ranges and it’s impossible not to stumble across a fun and scenic outdoor experience. With over 300 days of sunshine and a diverse landscape offering both a rugged, desert terrain, and lush, green mountain forests, Tucson provides endless options to work on your physical fitness and soak up that vitamin D. From hiking and cycling, to rock climbing and horseback riding, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to exploration. Test your cycling skills upon Mount Lemmon, a training ground for professionals, for a challenging but beautiful climb that transports you from desert floor to conifer forest. Hike or take your yoga practice into the saguaro-studded desert or saddle up for a horseback ride at a local guest ranch and catch a blazing sunset from atop a vista.
Tucson is afforded a rare natural luxury—a city in the middle of Saguaro National Park. Immerse yourself in the magic of a saguaro cactus forest and easily access outdoor adventures via mountain ranges and bajadas (slopes) flanking the city on the east and west. With less than a 10-mile drive from anywhere in Tucson, visitors can discover flora—including 200-year-old saguaro cacti—and fauna found nowhere else in the world just by taking a short drive to this natural wilderness.
A Rich Cultural Hub
Tucson’s connection to the region’s borderlands culture and Old West history means there’s plenty of diverse museums and galleries to explore. Experience spiritual wellness and tour the USA’s finest example of Spanish colonial architecture at Mission San Xavier del Bac, a National Historic Landmark still serving its Tohono O’odham community, or embark on a journey through more than 350 historic aircrafts at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Take in a bit of the Old West and walk the same route the Earps and Doc Holliday did on the streets of Tombstone, Arizona, to the gunfight that made them legends. Then visit the famous Old Tucson movie studio and see where Hollywood took its magic and filmed 1950’s classics like Rio Bravo with John Wayne and favorites like The Quick and the Dead with Leonardo DiCaprio.
An Award-Winning Food Scene
Tucson tastes like nowhere else in North America, with a rich agricultural heritage dating back 4,000 years. You’ll find an exciting modern food scene with local influences and ingredients on nearly every menu reflecting the innovative agricultural techniques practiced in the region. Designated as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and home to the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food, Tucson’s flavor encompasses distinct Mexican and Native traditions.
Book a culinary tour at award-winning restaurants and discover why several James Beard Award-winning chefs call Tucson home. Find natural foods like mesquite flour and prickly pear on nearly every menu and discover both their delicious and nutritious qualities. From popular street foods, like carne asada tacos and the Sonoran Dog (a hot dog wrapped in bacon) at El Guero Canelo to extraordinary fusion cuisine at Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails where local ingredients like cholla buds are served. Tucson delivers a culinary experience that guarantees to move you up a belt notch or two.
Learn more at VisitTucson.org.