Tucson and Southern Arizona


Tucson is the authentic Southwestern desination. The city boasts amazing desert vista, spectacular mountains and landscape. Tucson’s architecture, neighborhoods, and annual events are heavily influenced by its rich Hispanic culture.  The Old West is alive in Tucson! Ghost Towns, dude ranches and some of the oldest settlement in the United States.

Important Tucson Links:

City of Tucson

Tucson Visitors Bureau

Events Calendar – A year in Southern Arizona is packed with fun things to do. Our many exciting annual fairs, fiestas, cultural and sporting events are listed here.

Community Events Calendar – Be a local and experience Tucson’s unique cultures at our community events such as fundraisers, club programs and Tucson Parks and Recreation activities.

Arts & Cultural Calendar (ShowUp.com) – Tucson’s definitive calendar of theatre, music, dance, art, festivals, and cultural attractions.  

Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase of Tucson – Also known as the Tucson Gem Show, the largest event of its kind in the world is eagerly anticipated by thousands of rock hounds, jewelers and others who buy, sell and exhibit. January 29 – February 13, 2011.

La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo) –  Dust, sweat, determination, and pride clash when some of the best rodeo athletes on the circuit strive to hold their own with some of the finest livestock in the biz at the infamous Tucson Rodeo, Feb. 19-27, 2011. Dowload the 2010 Fact Sheet.

Tucson International Mariachi Conference
Tucson’s award-winning conference features performances by renownedmariachi musicians and baile folklorico dancers. April 26-30, 2011.

Perimeter Cycling El Tour de Tucson
Held annually the Saturday before Thanksgiving, El Tour is a fun ride attracting over 9,000 cyclists of all ages and abilities from throughout the United States and beyond, including novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional riders. Southwest Airlines’ in-flight magazine, Spirit (June 2001) named El Tour de Tucson “one of the premier organized rides in United States,” and Bicycling Magazine (October 2002) ranked El Tour as “one of the top three fundraising rides” in the country. Nov. 20, 2010.

Places to See in Tucson

tucsonArizona-Sonora Desert Museum tucsonArizona State Museum
tucsonBiosphere 2

tucsonCasino of the Sun · Also Casino del Sol

tucsonCatalina State Park

tucsonClub Congress · Club at the historic Hotel Congress

tucsonColossal Cave

tucsonDesert Diamond Casino

tucsonInternational Wildlife Museum

tucsonKartchner Caverns State Park

tucsonKitt Peak National Observatory

tucsonOld Town Artisans · Located on the site of the Spanish Presidio, built in the 1700’s.

tucsonOld Tucson Studios · From daring cowboy gunfights and stunts to rip-roarin’ musical revues and comedies, Old Tucson offers exciting Old West entertainment.

tucsonPima Air and Space Museum

tucsonFuntasticks · 5-acre entertainment park provides the perfect setting for hours of family fun. Offers mini-golf, go-karts, batting cages, bumper boats, a 7-ride Kiddie Land, and a state-of-the-art video arcade.

tucsonReid Park Zoo

tucson Sabino Canyon · Take the shuttle to the top or just walk in. Hiking trails and picnic areas abound.

tucsonSaguaro National Park

tucsonSan Xavier del Bac Mission

tucsonSonoran Arthropod Studies Institute (SASI)

tucsonSonoran Sea Aquarium · Opening Spring 2005. (Stop holding your breath.)

tucsonTohono Chul Park

tucsonTucson Botanical Garden

tucsonTucson Children’s Museum

tucsonTucson Raceway Park · NASCAR Winston Racing Series weekly, plus special events.