What are the top things to do in Tucson?

Tucson offers a rare combination of delightful Western living, colorful desert, mountains everywhere you turn and cosmopolitan culture. Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park offer only-in-the-southwest scenery, while Pima Air & Space Museum, the Titan Missile Museum and the Tucson Museum will teach you everything from the universe to the city’s history. Here are the top things to do in Tucson:

1. Explore Coronado National Forest. Coronado National Forest’s 2 million acres offer endless outdoorsy possibilities. Fishing, bird watching, hiking and horseback riding are just a few of your choices.

2. Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum. Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the biggest air and space museums in the world. It houses a top-notch collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft, enough to make any aviation enthusiast drool.

3. Head to the Titan Missile Museum. The Titan Missile Museum may be your only chance to tour an underground intercontinental ballistic missile site, which was used as a deterrent during the Cold War.

4. Revel in the art at the Tucson Museum. The Tucson Museum houses its collection in historic adobe homes. Check out the display of American West art, which examines the landscape and its people.

5. Set your sights on Saguaro National Park. The enormous saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park have become icons for the American West. This is one of the few places in the country where you can see them.

  • On April 1, 2013
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Which Tucson restaurant has the best Southwestern cuisine?

    One Tucson restaurant that proudly struts a globally influenced menu is Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star PY Steakhouse. With delectable items ranging from Chile-charred Hawaiian tuna to Northeastern lobster tails and Australian lamb chops, you’re in for an international treat with every visit. And while the coast-to-coast vibe also resonates on Four-Star CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar’s menu, the thing that shines brightest about this Sonoran desert destination is its focus on regionally sustainable cuisine and local growers.
  • On November 12, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    Which Tucson restaurant has the best Southwestern cuisine?

    The legendary chef Janos Wilder presides over the French-inspired Southwestern masterpiece inside the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. The restaurant, aptly named Janos, features both tasting and a la carte menus, which constantly change and are inspired by influences from around the world. The restaurant emphasizes ingredients from the region, utilizing an established network of local farmers. Nosh on adobe grilled baby chicken in a citrus brine with salsa verde, or green tea-smoked duck while you admire the romantic setting, featuring original artwork and views of the valley.
  • On November 12, 2011
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    Which spa offers the best treatments in Tucson?

    The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Spa at Omni Tucson National has a tranquil and picturesque location in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. Whether you have half an hour or an entire day, this spa has something to offer. In 25 minutes, the tension-reliever massage works its magic where you’re most tense, while the business facial cleanses, tones, exfoliates and hydrates in just under 30 minutes. Other facials include aromatherapy, deep-cleansing, anti-aging and deluxe hydration. Body masks smooth rough skin with a variety of ingredients, including seaweed, desert rose clay, rich mud from the Dead Sea, shea butter and aspara, a plant that grows by the beach and is recognized for its calming properties.
  • On November 11, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the best golf resorts near Tucson?

    Be prepared to practice your swing before you come to Tucson, because there’s plenty of opportunity to play golf in these parts. Options include, but are not limited to, Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort, the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort and the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa.

    1. Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. You’ll have views of the Santa Catalina Mountains while playing on the three courses at the Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf and Tennis Resort. If you need help with your game, the on-site golf school can teach you a swing or two.

    2. The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. At the Lodge at Ventana Canyon, you’ll play among native Sonoran Desert vegetation and enormous saguaros in the hotel’s two 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed courses.

    3. The Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. The Omni Tucson National Golf Resort’s golf courses have hosted more than 30 PGA Tour events. There’s one parkland-style course and one desert-style course to make ample use of your clubs.

    4. The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa offers a 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. It makes the most of the desert landscape, with cacti, yucca, palo verde and agave dotting the course.
  • On November 11, 2011
    Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question: Forbes Travel Guide Inspector

    What are the top things to do in Tucson?

    Tucson offers a rare combination of delightful Western living, colorful desert, mountains everywhere you turn and cosmopolitan culture. Coronado National Forest and Saguaro National Park offer only-in-the-southwest scenery, while Pima Air & Space Museum, the Titan Missile Museum and the Tucson Museum will teach you everything from the universe to the city’s history. Here are the top things to do in Tucson:

    1. Explore Coronado National Forest. Coronado National Forest’s 2 million acres offer endless outdoorsy possibilities. Fishing, bird watching, hiking and horseback riding are just a few of your choices.

    2. Visit the Pima Air & Space Museum. Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the biggest air and space museums in the world. It houses a top-notch collection of more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft, enough to make any aviation enthusiast drool.

    3. Head to the Titan Missile Museum. The Titan Missile Museum may be your only chance to tour an underground intercontinental ballistic missile site, which was used as a deterrent during the Cold War.

    4. Revel in the art at the Tucson Museum. The Tucson Museum houses its collection in historic adobe homes. Check out the display of American West art, which examines the landscape and its people.

    5. Set your sights on Saguaro National Park. The enormous saguaro cacti at Saguaro National Park have become icons for the American West. This is one of the few places in the country where you can see them.