About Tucson

by SmarterTravel Staff
Arizona-Tucson Blue Door (Photo: iStockphoto/Karoline Cullen)

Tucson, Arizona, is a modern city surrounded by history and bordered by the Sonoran Desert. Explore the days of old in the city, then discover the timeless outdoors beyond.

The city of Tucson is firmly rooted in its history. The Arizona History Museum, showcases such treasures as Geronimo's rifle, and the historic neighborhoods of El Presidio or Barrio Historico are filled with colorful adobe architecture. Also, La Fiesta de los Vaqueros, or the Tucson Rodeo, has occurred every February for nearly 100 years, and is the first professional outdoor rodeo of the year. The accompanying parade is so popular it has its own museum, the Rodeo Parade Museum.

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Head to the site of your favorite Westerns at Old Tucson Studios, which is now a theme park with reenacted gunfights, saloon musicals, and rides to enjoy. Movies like Gunfight at the OK Corral, The Quick and the Dead, and the original 3:10 to Yuma were filmed in this still-working studio.

Located in one of the most ecologically diverse deserts in the world, Tucson provides views of natural splendor. Saguaro cacti grow only in Arizona and Mexico, and nearby Saguaro National Park West lets visitors get close to this rare plant. The popular Pima Canyon and Sabino Canyon Trails offer hikers vistas from inside the canyons, while Finger Rock Trail is a more challenging hike up Mt. Kimball.

Tucson International Airport serves more than four million passengers each year, so finding flights to Tucson should be simple from most cities.

 
 
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