Tucson Tourism

Rustic ranches, bustling downtown and an Oasis in the middle of Sonoran Desert- all make up the perfect picture of Tucson and its many wonders.

Arizona location itself adds to its multi-cultural influence since its is bordered by Mexico, Utah, Nevada and California and this is reflected in Tucson too.

The city is the second largest in Arizona- not just in sheer size but at its heart and culture. From Americana to Hispanic to traces of a little bit of the whole world, Tucson offers more than what meets the eye.

The city’s burst in tourism is the reason why you will find many resorts in Tucson and its natural hikes which carve pathways into the mountainssurrounding the cityand are loved for their views and their sunsets.

The city’s beginning was when Paleo-Indians visited the area. The surrounding and the neighboring area show excavations dating back to 2100 BC.However, Tucson’s heritage structures all date back to the 19th century and still remain to be the favorite tourist spots. The historic churches, range of museums, fun parks and horse ranches which offer a bit of the country life- Tucson isthe perfect place to travel to in Arizona.

For the modern soul, you will find enough of amusement parks, contemporary art museums and galleries and shopping malls which are perfect to add to Tucson’s urban streak. The food culture of the city is best explored amidst the its busy streets and local-favorites cafes and restaurants. The addition of innumerable theaters which showcase prime performances, are simply a good way to wrap up the day.

For all the attractions of Tucson (Az), there is a certain call back to nature- the urban natural parks which are home to its fantastic and varied plantand animal life, the natural hiking trails and the humbling views is simply inseparable and for anyone who wants to see Tucson more than its stereotypical definition, you can map out a plan to include a little bit of of everything that the city embraces!

If you love exploring varied cultures and cross ways with nature, Tucson is the just the place for you. 

Essential travel information and Tucson tips for your visit

  • Time Zone: Follows the Mountain Time Zone (UTC-07:00 hours)
  • Currency: United States Dollars (USD)

Electricity and Internet:

  • Voltage is between 110- 120 volts AC.
  • High speed internet is easily available and free at most of the hotels around the city.
  • Languages: English is the primary language spoken in Tucson but a few people do speak Spanish, German, Chinese among other languages.

Security/ Emergency numbers:

  • Emergency, Fire, Medical, Police: 911
  • Poison Hotline: 626-6016

Tipping:

  • Tipping in restaurants is around 15-20 percent while for drivers you can tip 15 % or USD 1-2 which ever is higher.
  • USD 1-2 is considered okay for luggage handler (per bag), housekeeper, bellman (per bag) and for other services like hailing a Taxi.

Important tips:

  • There are no serious tourist traps in Tucson,Arizona but if you are visiting for the first time and don’t know where you are or wherean attraction is located, carrying an updated map with you will help especially if you are exploring the outskirts.

For any other information on attractions and tourist privileges and tours of Arizona, you can visit the tourist office. 

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Tucson

  • Historic Bike Tour in Tucson
    Historic Bike Tour in Tucson5 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Immerse yourself in vibrant barrios, from old forts to modern art. Cycle quiet adobe-lined avenues to bustling university bik...

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  • Tucson Scavenger Hunt Adventure
    Tucson Scavenger Hunt Adventure2 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Turn Tucson into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure! This challenge combines the excitement of the Ama...

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  • Save 4% Carnival of Illusion in Tucson
    Carnival of Illusion in TucsonNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 1 Hrs 30 Mins

    Carnival of Illusion is an evening of Old-World Magic. Get ready to laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out in a bo...

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  • Save 4% Party Bike Private Party Up To 15 People in Downtown Tucson
    Party Bike Private Party Up To 15 People in Downtown TucsonNew on TripHobo

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Save money with our most popular option, where groups of up to 15 people can book the entire party bike for a two hour fun-fi...

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  • Know the pollution level of Tucson before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 39.17 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 29.17 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 31.67 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 27.5 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 24.17 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 14.39 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.17 (Low)
  • How safe is Tucson for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Tucson.

    • Burglary and Theft 54.17 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 38.83 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 51.56 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 56.77 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 46.35 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 55.85 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 38.54 (Low)
    • Drug offense 64.58 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 72.34 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 41.3 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.77 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 64.67 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Tucson is 173.9 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 48.47 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 72.66 (High)
    • Pollution Index 27.45 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 31.58 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 69.04 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 58.68 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.61 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 113.93 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Tucson

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 10 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.11 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 74.79 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 50.25 USD

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