Arizona's second city, Tucson, is located in the southeastern part of the state in the Sonoran Desert. The warm desert weather is excellent for exploring Tucson's excellent spas, shopping, museums, and art galleries year round. Cooler early mornings and late evenings invite outdoor dining and activities like hiking in the Catalina Mountains, or ... Read more
horseback riding or golfing at one of Tucson's swanky resorts. One of the area's biggest attractions is The Sonoran Desert Museum which showcases many of the flora and fauna native to the desert.

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It almost never rains in Tucson and the surrounding Sonora Desert (you know, what with it being a desert and all), meaning a decision about when to visit should be based on two things: heat and crowds. The heat ... Read more
is most overwhelming in the summer, with temperatures often topping out above 100F (38C), and the winter is when visitors from colder northern states pour in to warm up. Spring and fall are clear winners all around: the temperatures are more tolerable (though still hot), the crowds more scarce, and, as an added bonus, the cultural calendar in the city is chock full of fun things to do, both outdoors and in.

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Tucson reviews

  • 9.8
    Outdoor Enthusiasts
  • 9.6
    Adventure Travellers
  • 8.2
    Wellness
  • 7.9
    History Buffs
  • 7.1
    Backpackers

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Foster City

I was here in Tuscon for a business trip, 4 nights training our partner team. Didn't get to see much of Tucson, flew in Monday, flew out Friday.

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Schenectady

Tucson is a major city in the southern Arizona along I-10 freeway. It has several major museum and historical sites to visit. Disability access is depending on what activities you choose to do. You will need about 2 to 3 days to explore this city.

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Coolest rock shop ever. Amazing fossils and great prices on turquoise, rings and necklaces.

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Green Valley

Approximately 25 miles north of GV within 15 mile radius you will find the Desert Museum, Old Tucson Movie Set/Amusement Park, Pima Air and Space Museum, South Tucson history and many beautiful churches, San Xavier Church (c. 1700's),
Gas Light Theater and many top rated restaurants. Sabino Canyon and entry to Mt. Lemmon scenic drive.

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Stuttgart

friendly place, friendly people, good bars and res., realy a lot to hike and climb if you like the dessert, in summer time you are most allone but take enought water with you. because of the University realy a lot of concerts, live music etc.

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San Francisco

Good ol' Tucson. If it weren't for the U of A, it's more than likely that I wouldn't have fond memories of this place. From University Ave, Fourth Ave, McKale Center, The Foothills, Gates Pass, and so much more, this place was once my home away from home.

It is true what they say though, Tucson just wouldn't be as interesting if it weren't for the U of A. It's really a college-centered town and with good reason. But enough with U of A; that comes in a separate review. =)

If you love warm (not humid) weather, this is definitely a place you should look at. While it's relatively warm most of the year, the winter time is almost as cold (it snowed when I was here!). You can make a trip up to Mount Lemmon during the wintertime to play in the snow and ski, or simply enjoy a cup of hot cocoa. The transition between spring and summer is consistent with monsoon season; you really can't experience anything like it outside of Tucson.

Now, weather aside, a lot of the neighborhoods in the area are for the retired folks. Rent is sooo cheap here (compared to California), and life is more or less slower paced. The Foothills and Oro Valley provide a great view of what Tucson is all about.

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Menlo Park

The Wellness Tribe will find plenty to celebrate in Tucson, with its plethora of wellness focused resorts like the Miraval, with its spa facilities, healthy food and 'self-discovery' activities. Plus, Memorial Day sees fun athletic events like a ColorVibe 5k run, where you get painted as you race!

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San Diego

Great area in the middle of the desert. Hot and bike friendly. University town, so there is a large population of younger adults. Great time to visit in the end of summer when the lightning storms take over the sky and you can smell the rain coming for miles.

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Old Tucson is an interesting old western movie set with many activities for children

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San Jose

THE WHITE DOVE OF THE DESERT, THIS IS WHAT SAN XAVIER CATHOLIC CHURCH ON THE INDIAN RESERVATION. TUCSON HAS MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, ZOO AND BOTANICAL GARDENS TO VISIT,

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