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

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

    • Air Pollution 15.35 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 38.24 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 30.39 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 30.88 (Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25.49 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 21.08 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 12.74 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 34.8 (Low)
  • How safe is Tucson for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Tucson.

    • Burglary and Theft 52.34 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 40.08 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 50.79 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 51.72 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 46.48 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 53.97 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 41.02 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 60.34 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 73.02 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 45.7 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 37.5 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 31.58 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.7 (High)
  • Quality of Life Index of Tucson is 172.8 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 49.89 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 72.66 (High)
    • Pollution Index 26.04 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 28.86 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 71.55 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 59.66 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.84 (Very Low)
    • Purchasing Power Index 103.91 (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 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.75 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.5 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 76.86 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 47.15 USD

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