With cactus dotting its lower slopes and dark pines covering its upper reaches, Pusch Ridge is defined by razorback ridges, rocky bluffs and deep canyons. Elevation ranges from 2,800 to 8,800 feet, with several trail heads accessible from the north end of Tucson. The east side of the Pusch Ridge Wilderness is accessed from trail heads along Catalina Highway, while the west side can be entered through Catalina State Park.
Meaning "old neighborhood" in Spanish, Barrio Viejo is a revitalizing neighborhood full of historic 19th-century adobe buildings, many of which are now restored. Drive around between Cushing Street and 18th Street from Stone Avenue to the railroad tracks, then stroll leisurely down Meyer Street to see the most vibrantly colored Sonoran adobe structures.
This desert oasis spans 49 acres and includes multiple distinct botanical gardens. Visit the Hummingbird Garden, Desert Palm Oasis, Performance Garden, Sin Agua Garden, Sonoran Seasons Garden, Ethnobotanical Garden, and much more. Tohono Chul also features galleries and a bistro, and is the perfect setting for an evening concert, special event or wedding. The gardens are easy to traverse, with handicap-accessible paths meandering throughout the grounds and surprises and delights at every turn.
The giant saguaro cactus is the universal symbol of the American west, yet they are only found in a small portion of the United States. See these majestic cacti silhouetted by the desert sunset at Saguaro National Park, located to the east and west of Tucson.
Meet more than 400 animals at the Reid Park Zoo - rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions and many more.
This 10-acre National Historic District was designed and built by acclaimed Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia. The foothills site hosts events throughout the year and is open daily for visitors to explore the gallery, gift shop, cactus courtyard, and the adjacent artist's home and grave.
Built between 1783 and 1797, the architecture of this mission is a blend of Moorish, Byzantine and late Mexican Renaissance styles. Visit the museum, which explains the Mission's history through artifacts and video. A gift shop features everything from t-shirts to authentic baskets made right on the reservation. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
Catalina State Park sits at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains. Park facilities include a campground, picnic tables, grills, trails, an equestrian center, a group use area for day or overnight use (available by reservation), restrooms, showers and a gift shop. All restroom and shower facilities are accessible.
The world's largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world. Kitt Peak, on the Tohono O'odham Reservation, is home to twenty-four optical and two radio telescopes representing eight astronomical research institutions. The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 9:00am-4:00pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's day. Guided tours are offered daily at 10:00am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm. and group tours are available by appointment. You can stargaze at Kitt Peak with their Nightly Observing Programs.
Step back in time in the old west town made famous as the location for more than 300 movies and TV shows! Going beyond its rich film history, Old Tucson is southern Arizona's premiere location for the western experience - from living history presentations to historic tours to shows and special events.
The world's largest privately-funded, non-profit aerospace museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum opened to the public in May 1976 with 75 aircrafts on display. Today, the museum collection encompasses over 250 aircraft occupying 80 acres of land.
Tucson Botanical Gardens promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration and provides a place of beauty and tranquility for Tucson residents and visitors.
Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) exhibits the work of contemporary artists (since circa 1970). As a museum, MOCA strives to display a range of work that engages the visitor with global trends in contemporary art. MOCA exhibits artists from all around the world, and, of course, from right here at home in Tucson. MOCA mounts six to eight temporary exhibitions each year, some solo exhibitions and some thematic group exhibitions.
The world's top 64 golfers head just north of Tucson each February in pursuit of an $8 million purse at the Accenture Match Play Championships. Even if your handicap puts you well below Tiger Woods', don't fear: the mild year-round climate provides ample practice time to improve your game on outstanding courses.
Wildflower sets the standard for innovative New American cuisine featuring updated American classics with European and Asian influences. The menu changes often to take advantage of the freshest seasonal ingredients available. Wildflower has been named as one of Tucson's Top 5 restaurants in the 2005 Tucson Lifestyle Culinary awards; it is listed as one of Tucson's top 10 restaurants in the Zagat Guide and has earned the 2004 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its unique wine list.
The Grill at Hacienda del Sol is one of Tucson's outstanding restaurants located in a beautiful setting at the base of Tucson's Catalina Foothills. Breathtaking mountain and city views are captured from The Grill's dining room where you will be treated to "Spirited Southwestern Hospitality" and a remarkable a la carte and five course Chef's Tasting Menu. The Grill's wine list was recently bestowed "The Award of Ultimate Distinction" by Wine Enthusiast Magazine and has been awarded the "Best Of Award of Excellence" from Wine Spectator for ten years in a row.
Pastiche is an upscale restaurant in a warm and casual setting. Their American cuisine with world influences features fabulous appetizers, salads, sandwiches, pastas, large entrees, and desserts. Not sure what you are in the mood for? Take advantage of the multitude of half portions and bistro portions available, perfect for sharing and sampling. What restaurant would not be complete without a full bar and eclectic wine list? Well, they have them both!
DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails is a New American restaurant. The menu is influenced by local seasonal produce combined with worldly cultural food that has influenced American cuisine. They also feature a creative wine list and a progressive cocktail menu.
Feast's menu changes on the first Tuesday of each month, and remains the same for both lunch and dinner, as well as in between. This keeps the menu seasonally appropriate and offers up the freshest ingredients possible at the height of their season. The private dining room accommodates up to 50 people. Feast is also a wine and liquor shop with twenty wines by the glass, a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner for the past five years running, and a full-service caterer.
Le Rendez-vous Restaurant Francais is the perfect place for an impressive business engagement or a romantic interlude. A distinguished wine cellar and exquisite desserts promise a memorable dining experience.
Rated number one for food in Tucson by Zagat Survey, this Foothills restaurant has a Tuscan decor and provides northern Italian fare, thoughtfully prepared with reasonable prices and a great wine list. Choose from a selection of appetizers, salads, pasta and main plates such as crab filled breaded chicken breast or grilled fresh salmon and rock shrimp.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is the ultimate steakhouse destination for people seeking a stylish, lively and contemporary dining experience. Nationally renowned for USDA Prime beef and steakhouse fare, Fleming's is equally celebrated for the 'Fleming's 100', the award-winning wine list that features 100 wines by-the-glass, many available at $10 or less. While Prime beef reigns supreme, other flavorful dishes offered include chops, freshly grilled fish and poultry, generous salads and side orders.
Enjoy traditional Spanish cuisine with live entertainment nightly. Casa Vicente offers tapas, traditional paellas and more.
Explore the various rooms of this mini-museum, each of which represent a different land and time period. Over 275 miniature houses and room boxes are on display, and visitors are encouraged to "time travel" through this 15,000 square-foot facility with a self-guided tour. Perfect for kids and grown-ups alike.
This unique Museum began as a private project of 25 model train enthusiasts. Today, the train museum is open to the public with free admission and has grown to include a large collection of operational model train layouts, all at tabletop level so visitors can get a better view. Visitors can also explore the gift shop and several display cases with vintage railroad memorabilia, antique toy trains and more.
Consider this a zoo, botanical garden, aquarium, art gallery and natural history museum all wrapped into one attraction spanning 98 pristine acres. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the the experience is outdoors. Explore two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats and 16 individual gardens. With 230 animal species, 1,200 types of plants and one of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections, the Desert Museum is among the top museums and public gardens in the nation.
Go underground 55 miles southeast of Tucson to visit Kartchner Caverns, where the forecast is always a cool 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Discovered in 1974 and kept secret for 14 years to safeguard it from damage, the caverns contain fascinating and colorful cave formations. Due to difficult terrain, children under 7 are not permitted on the Big Room tour, but the park also features hiking trails, a Discovery Center and 62 campsites.