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Area Attractions

What’s so special about Tucson and Southern Arizona? Well, for one thing its attractions and so very many and diverse things to see and do. For another, it’s the proximity of hotels near whatever piques your interest.

Nature lovers revel in the wide open spaces and elevations from desert floor to foothills to mountains. From the civility and order of Tohono Chul Park, to the vastness of the Saguaro National Parks (East or West), the magnificence of the high Sonoran desert is breathtaking. If hiking appeals, there’s Pima Canyon or Sabino Canyon. The untouched beauty and majesty of the Santa Catalina Mountains awaits exploration. Finger Rock Trail is but one example while the Sabino Canyon Recreational Area makes for an educational as well as practical respite for serious walkers and hikers or those who wish to simply enjoy the Southern Arizona scenery.

The Tucson Padres, Tucson’s Minor League Baseball team and Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, calls Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium, formerly Tucson Electric Park, ‘home’… and literally plays ball mid-April through August at Tucson Electric Park. 2011 marks its first season in the Old Pueblo.

And, for visitors who are military-minded, there’s Davis Monthan Air Force Base, host wing to the 355th Fighter Wing. Restricted tours are available.

What else?

  • Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city.
  • It is a growing metropolis of 1,000,000 residents.
  • The city’s geography is a postcard image of cactus forests, rolling hills and awe-inspiring mountains.
  • Tucson lies in the borderland, a region that blends the cultures of the United States and Mexico, and has a long history of settlement by ancient Native American peoples, Spanish explorers and Anglo frontiersmen.
  • The weather is mild nearly all the time, just right for all kinds of fun activities.

Mission San Xavier del Bac
Old Tucson Studios
Reid Park Zoo
The University of Arizona-Biosphere 2
Trail Dust Town

Arizona Day Trips
Nogales – South of the Border
and Tubac Artist Colony
Tubac/Tumacacori Mission

Cultural Venues/Performing Arts
Arizona Opera
Arizona Theatre Company
The Fox Tucson Theatre
Tucson Symphony Orchestra

Food Tours
Tucson Food Tours

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Center for Creative Photography
Children’s Museum Tucson
De Grazia Gallery in the Sun
International Wildlife Museum
Titan Missile Museum
Tubac Center of the Arts
Tucson Museum of Art
University of Arizona Museum of Art

Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Sabino Canyon Recreational Area
Saguaro National Park East
Saguaro National Park West
Tohono Chul Park
Tucson Botanical Gardens

Casas Adobes Plaza
Fourth Avenue Merchants Association
La Encantada
Maingate Square
Old Town Artisans
Plaza Palomino
St. Philip’s Plaza
The Kaibab Courtyard Shops

Space, Science & Technology
Kitt Peak National Observatory
Pima Air & Space Museum

Spectator Sports & Racing
Rillito Race Track
Tucson Greyhound Park

Wine Tours
Callaghan Vineyards
Canelo Hills Vineyard and Winery
Charron Vineyards
Dos Cabezas WineWorks
Rancho Rossa Vineyards
Pronghorn Vineyards

Should you want or need to know how to make your way into and around downtown Tucson, visit here. Once there, you can design your entire day – dining, shopping, attractions, events!

For more information about things to do during your stay at Lodge on the Desert visit:

Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
100 S. Church Ave.
Tucson, Arizona 85701
(520) 624-1817 or (800)638-8350

Arizona Office of Tourism
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 155
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(602) 364-3700 or (866) 275-5816

Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
465 W. St. Mary’s Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 792-1212

Southern Arizona Alliance
PO Box 57130
Tucson, AZ 85732

Tucson Black Chamber of Commerce
1690 N Stone Ave #113.
Tucson, AZ 85705
(520) 623-0099

Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
823 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 624-4866