Tucson is a city with so much to offer - from museums to parks to landmarks and venues. If you've decided you would like to visit Tucson for a day or two, or even if you were born there and would just like to explore your own city a bit more, this is the article for you!
We're going to have a look at 3 amazing places that you can visit in Tucson, including a museum, a historic mission, and plenty of nature.
So let's go!
Mission San Xavier del Bac
In the first place is Mission San Xavier del Bac, which is a Spanish Catholic historic mission located close to downtown Tucson. It's also a National Historic Landmark and the oldest European structure that's still intact in all of Arizona! The mission was founded in 1692 by Father Eusebio Kino.
When it comes to the location and the admission, the mission's official website is pretty clear on that:
"The Mission is 9 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona just off of Interstate 19. Take exit 92 (San Xavier Road) and follow signs to the Mission. There is no admission charge to visit Mission San Xavier. Some 200,000 visitors come each year from all over the world to view what is widely considered to be the finest example of Spanish Colonial architecture in the United States."
There's also San Xavier Mission School, which is a Catholic community that strives to educate its pupils about the Catholic faith.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is definitely worth visiting if you've just found yourself in Tucson.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
In the second place is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is a mostly outdoor museum in Tucson that lets its visitors explore a botanical garden, a zoo, an art gallery, or even an aquarium!
Being one of the most visited attractions in all of Southern Arizona, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has a lot to offer to anyone visiting Tucson. You get to visit for example Desert Museum Gardens where there are a lot of legume trees and columnar cacti, Earth Sciences Center which focuses mainly on geology, or Walk-in Aviary where more than 20 species of native birds can be found.
The official website of the museum says:
"The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The Desert Museum is ranked on TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!"
If you'd like to visit, you can find the museum at 2021 N. Kinney Rd in Tucson. Adults pay close to 25 dollars, while children's tickets are for close to 13 dollars.
Fancy going on a hike while enjoying beautiful nature? Then the Sabino Canyon is for you! It's located in the Coronado National Forest and the Santa Catalina Mountains near Tucson, and it makes for an excellent trip if you want to get away from the bustling of the city.
After all, the nature around Tucson is simply beautiful, so why not give it a try?
To quote Visit Arizona:
"Sabino Canyon’s history is as diverse as it is fascinating. The Santa Catalina Mountains began forming over 12 million years ago, 7 million years before the earliest known human being walked the face of the earth. It’s estimated that some of the earliest predominant human occupants of Sabino Canyon were the Hohokam people."
In order to get there, drive to 5900 N Sabino Canyon Rd and have an amazing trip as you explore the canyon.
No matter if you're a fan of museums, historical landmarks or nature, you're bound to find something you love in Tucson, Arizona. Most importantly, stay safe and take care.