Tucson has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years. It celebrates a diversity of cultures, architecture, and peoples. Yet, it is one of the "Mega-Trend" cities of the 21st Century: the Optics Valley, premier health services center for the Southwest, the astronomy center of the world, home of a premier research institution - The University of Arizona, and a tourism destination. Things to do while you are in Tucson
Some of our most popular tourist destinations are:
- The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
- Saguaro National Park
- Kitt Peak National Observatory
- Pima Air and Space Museum
About The University of Arizona
The University of Arizona is a premier, public research university. Established in 1885 as the first university in the state and the state’s land grant university, the UA is building a better Arizona through access, quality and discovery.
The University of Arizona is home to world-class art and anthropology museums, a professional performing arts presenter and offers outstanding student performances in music, dance and theater. Below are a few places to visit while you are on campus.
- The Center for Creative Photography
- The Arizona State Museum
- The Flandrau Science Center
- The University of Arizona Campus Arboretum
No visit to the University area is complete without a trip to Fourth Avenue. Located west of The University of Arizona and close to downtown, Fourth Ave has cafes, coffee houses, restaraunts and clubs.
Birdwatching in the Southwest
Tucson is a bird watchers' paradise. More than 500 species of birds call our area home and during spring and fall migration it is possible to see 150 or more species in a single day.
Download The Joy of Birding in Southeast Arizona, presented by the Tucson Audubon Society.
View a complete list of Tucson area birding sites on the Tucson Audubon Society website: www.tucsonaudubon.org.