One of the most vibrant and dynamic places in Arizona Tucson boasts a fascinating mix of Spanish Mexican Native American and Anglo cultures. Historic neighbourhoodslively student districts a burgeoning arts scene and fantastic restaurants make Tucson perfect as a destination for a weekend city break or as a base from which to explore the surrounding desert. A wealth of cultural events and a great choice of outdoor activities make Tucson suitable for families couples and groups looking to experience life in the Arizona desert.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Tucson
Downtown – Downtown Tucson is where you’ll find many of the city’s shops restaurants bars and attractions. The area is home to several historic neighbourhoods and boasts a number of iconic buildings including the Art Deco Fox Theatre the Rialto Theatre and the St Augustine Cathedral built in 1896.
Barrio Santa Rosa – One of the most historic parts of central Tucson Barrio Santa Rosa is home to buildings from a wide range of architectural styles. This eclectic mix gives the neighbourhood a unique aesthetic and a characterful feel making it ideal for visitors who want to soak up some of Tucson’s authentic charm.
Southern Tucson – Once an independent town Southern Tucson has now been swallowed up into the larger city. However with its large Native American and Mexican American communities and fantastic restaurants the area retains its local feel and unique identity.
Armory Park – The imposing Victorian Queen Anne and Mission style properties found in Armory Park give the area a grand appearance and its own unique character. A great choice for visitors looking for a residential location within walking distance to Downtown Armory Park is an area on the up.
Things to See in Tucson
The collection of historic neighbourhoods clustered around central Tucson are ideal for exploring on foot with a great choice of restaurants shops and cafes dotted around the beautiful buildings. Holidaymakers looking for even more history should visit the nearby Mission San Xavier del Bac. Located around 10 miles south of Downtown Tucson the mission was founded in 1692 with the impressive building that now stands on the site constructed between 1783 and 1797. To see some of the region’s natural sights head to the nearby Saguaro National Park and see Arizona’s stunning desert landscape at its best.
Things to Do in Tucson
Whether you’re a culture vulture a sports fan a history buff or a nature lover you’ll find plenty to keep you busy in Tucson. A trip to The Old Tucson Studios is a must for anyone interested in the area’s cinematic history while fans of theatre can take in a show at the Fox Tucson Theatre or the Rialto Theatre. To learn more about Tucson’s history head to the Tucson Museum of Art the Arizona Historical Society or the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or if sports are more your thing take in a Wildcats game at the University of Arizona or see what the Tucson Padres have to offer.