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Welcome to Tucson

If you like sunny and warm, you’ll love Tucson, Arizona. With more than 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson can brag about being one of the sunniest cities in the United States. All that warm weather makes for plenty of opportunities to get outdoors. The bike scene moves at a fast speed offering roughly 500 miles of dedicated bike lanes for residents and visitors to roll along. Tucson is also surrounded by five mountain ranges; the Rincon Mountains, the Tucson Mountains, the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Santa Rita Mountains and the Tortolita Mountains. The combination creates a spectacular skyline while providing practically endless options for hiking, mountain biking, and other outdoorsy things to do.

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Old Tucson

Step back into the gunslingin’ Old West at Old Tucson, a movie studio and theme park located near the Tucson Mountains and Saguaro National Park in Arizona. Visitors to Old Tucson might think, ‘Hey! This place looks familiar!’ And that’s because this ‘town’ has been made famous as the location for more than 300 movies and television shows. From living history presentations to historic tours to shows and special events, Old Tucson really ‘brings it’ with the Western experience. Whether you’re a fan of drama, comedy, or music, the gunfights and stunt shows based on traditional Western themes will fit the bill. There’s even a can-can musical in the saloon, featuring ‘Lady Vivian and her girls.’ Be sure to watch out for a traveling salesman who might try to pitch you a great deal on snake oil.More

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum wears a lot of hats; it's a museum, zoo, aquarium and publishing house. Just outside Tucson, the museum is one of the area's most popular attractions. The facility is dedicated to showcasing the flora, fauna, and history of the Sonoran Desert, with more than 230 species of animals and 1,200 kinds of plants spread throughout the 98 acres of the property. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was founded in 1952, and expanded from its original focus of simply plants and animals native to the region to include an aquarium which opened in 2013. There is a walk-in aviary, a hummingbird aviary, and a desert garden. In addition to the many exhibits, there is a half-mile-long trail that visitors can explore, periodic birds-of-prey demonstrations, and presentations about the area's venomous creatures. There is also an art gallery that showcases local and national artists and a publishing company that produces books and guidebooks for adults and children.More

Old Town Artisans

A trip to Tucson Old Town Artisans offers a great opportunity to shop for iconic Southwest handcrafts, like Native American and Mexican pottery, jewelry and textiles. This collection of six shops from local artisans occupies a historic complex of authentic adobe buildings from 1850s. Native American handcrafts are the specialty at La Zia, which sells Navajo rugs and Kachina dolls, while Shelago's Artwerks USA has Southwest inspired pieces from a wide range of artists. And The Gypsy’s Emporium is the perfect spot to treasure hunt for vintage, kitschy gifts and souvenirs. Old Town Artisans is home to restaurant La Cocina, where shoppers grab a bite in the shaded outdoor courtyard.More

Pima Air and Space Museum

The Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest non-government aerospace museums in the world. Spread across 80 acres (32 hectares) and five indoor hangars, the grounds display some 125,000 artifacts and 300 aircraft, including the world’s smallest biplane, presidential planes, MiGs, a German buzz bomb, and an SR-71A Blackbird.More

Grand Parlour at the Scottish Rite Cathedral

Though typically the home of Tucson's Scottish Rite—a Masonic organization—the Scottish Rite Grand Parlour is also a sizable venue, hosting everything from private events and weddings to illusionist shows, which are ticketed events. It features a stage, piano, and capacity topping 500 guests.More

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