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  • 1. Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum

    Westside | Museum/Gallery

    The name "museum" is a bit misleading, since this delightful site is actually a zoo, aquarium, and botanical garden featuring the animals, plants...Read More

  • 2. Bear Canyon Trail


    Also known as Seven Falls Trail, this favorite route in Sabino Canyon is a three- to four-hour, 7.8-mile round-trip that is moderate and fun...Read More

  • 3. Mission San Xavier del Bac

    Westside | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The oldest Catholic church in the United States still serving the community for which it was built, San Xavier was founded in 1692 by Father...Read More

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  • 4. Mount Lemmon Sky Center


    At the University of Arizona's research observatory on Mount Lemmon, visitors can plumb the night sky on the highest mountain in the area using...Read More

  • 5. Sabino Canyon

    Foothills | Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Year-round, but especially in summer, locals flock to Coronado National Forest to hike, picnic, and enjoy the waterfalls, streams, swimming...Read More

  • 6. "A" Mountain

    Downtown | Mountain

    The original name of this mountain, Sentinel Peak, west of Downtown, came from its function as a lookout point for the Spanish, though the Pima...Read More

  • 7. 4th Avenue

    University | Neighborhood/Street

    Students and counterculturists favor the ½-mile strip of 4th Avenue between University Boulevard and 8th Street, where vintage-clothing stores...Read More

  • 8. Arizona History Museum

    University | Museum/Gallery

    The museum has exhibits exploring the history of Southern Arizona, starting with the indigenous Hohokam Tribe and the Spanish explorers. The...Read More

  • 9. Arizona State Museum

    University | Museum/Gallery

    Inside the main gate of the university is Arizona's oldest museum, dating from territorial days (1893) and a preeminent resource for the study...Read More

  • 10. ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center


    This mining operations center elucidates the importance of mining to everyday life. Indoor exhibits include a walk-through model of an ore crusher...Read More

  • 11. Biosphere 2

    Northwest | Garden

    In the town of Oracle, about 30 minutes northwest of Tucson, this unique, self-contained cluster of ecosystems opened in 1991 as a facility...Read More

  • 12. Center for Creative Photography

    University | Museum/Gallery

    Ansel Adams conceived the idea of a photographer's archive and donated the majority of his negatives to this museum. In addition to its superb...Read More

  • 13. Children's Museum Tucson

    Downtown | Museum/Gallery

    Youngsters are encouraged to touch and explore the science, language, and history exhibits here. They can examine a patient in the Bodyology...Read More

  • 14. Colossal Cave Mountain Park

    Eastside | Cave

    This limestone grotto 20 miles southeast of Tucson is the largest dry cavern in the world. Guides discuss the fascinating crystal formations...Read More

  • 15. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun

    Foothills | Museum/Gallery

    Arizonan artist Ted DeGrazia, who depicted Southwest Native American and Mexican life in a manner some find kitschy and others adore, built...Read More

  • 16. Downtown Historic Districts

    Downtown | Historic District/Site

    North of the Convention Center and the government buildings, El Presidio Historic District is an architectural thumbnail of the city's former...Read More

  • 17. El Tiradito (The Castaway)

    Downtown | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    No one seems to know the details of the story behind this little shrine, but everyone agrees a tragic love triangle was involved. A bronze plaque...Read More

  • 18. Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

    University | Observatory

    Attractions at the university's science museum include a 16-inch public telescope for evening stargazing, hands-on science exhibits, and planetarium...Read More

  • 19. Fort Lowell Park and Museum

    Central | Museum/Gallery

    Fertile soil and proximity to the Rillito River once enticed the Hohokam to construct a village on this site. Centuries later, a fort (in operation...Read More

  • 20. Madera Canyon

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    With approximately 200 miles of scenic trails, the recreation area of Madera Canyon—which includes Mount Wrightson, the highest peak in Southern...Read More

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