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Tourist Information for our Tucson Hotel Guests

Tucson is a growing metropolis of 800,000 that keeps getting better and better.
The city’s geography is a postcard image of cactus forests, rolling hills, and craggy mountains with National and State Parks and Forests that ring the city.
Tucson lies in the borderland, a region that blends the cultures of the United States and Mexico, and has a long history of settlement by ancient Native American peoples, Spanish explorers, and Anglo frontiersmen.
The weather is mild nearly all the time, just right for all kinds of fun outdoor activities.

Hotel Tucson City Center is less than 1 mile and walking distance to the Tucson Convention Center
View more information about nearby Native American nations or Arizona Top 40 Things To Do.

Tourist Info

Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
100 S Church Ave
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Ph (520) 624-1817

Tucson Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 991
465 W St. Mary’s Rd
Tucson, AZ 85701
Ph (520) 792-1212

Events Calendar

UA Football USC- Family Weekend
Oct. 11, 2014 until Oct. 11, 2014

Tucson Celtic Festival

Rillito Park
Oct. 31, 2014 until Nov. 02, 2014

Dog Show

Rialto Park
Oct. 31, 2014 until Nov. 02, 2014

UA Football Colorado- Homecoming

Nov. 08, 2014 until Nov. 08, 2014

UA Football Washington

Nov. 15, 2014 until Nov. 15, 2014

El Tour de Tucson Race

Nov. 22, 2014 until Nov. 22, 2014

USTA Tennis Tournament

Rifkin Tennis Center
Nov. 22, 2014 until Nov. 24, 2014

UA Football Arizona State

Nov. 28, 2014 until Nov. 28, 2014

Tucson Marathon Race

Dec. 06, 2014 until Dec. 06, 2014

Tucson Holiday Tip Off Basketball Tournament

Sporting Chance Center
Dec. 20, 2014 until Dec. 21, 2014

Ft. Lowell Soccer Shootout

Jan. 16, 2015 until Jan. 18, 2015

Cactus Classic Volleyball Tournament

Tucson Convention Center
Jan. 16, 2015 until Jan. 18, 2015

Tucson Gem & Mineral Show

Feb. 01, 2015 until Feb. 15, 2015

La Fiesta De Los Vaqueros Rodeo

Feb. 14, 2015 until Feb. 21, 2015

Tucson Desert Diamond Cup

Kino Sport Complex
Feb. 18, 2015 until March 01, 2015

Tucson Festival of Books

University of Arizona Campus
March 14, 2015 until March 15, 2015

Arizona Distance Classic Run

Oro Valley
March 22, 2015 until March 22, 2015

Tucson Foothills Center/Oro Valley/Marana Arizona Attractions & Activities

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum –Desert Plants and Wildlife
Contact - info@desertmuseum.org
~ 520-883-1380
Admission – General Admission $19.50 (18-24), seniors $17.50 (64+).
~ Teens $15.50 (13-17), Kids $6 (4-12), Children Free (3- )

Pima Air & Space Museum – Planes from throughout history, along with the history of space exploration
Contact – events@pimaair.org
Admission 1 Day – Adult $15.50 (13 +), Pima County Resident $1.25, Senior/AAA/Military $12.75 (62 +)
~ Junior $9.00 (7-12), Child Free (6 – ), Group of 20+ $12.50

Biosphere 2 ­- To serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe.
Contact - bio2-info@email.arizona.edu
Admission – Adults $20.00, Seniors/AAA/Military $18.00 (62 +), Children $13.00 (6-12)
~ UA Student/Faculty/with CatCard $10.00

Old Tucson Studios – Experience the Old West!!
Contact - GuestRelations@OldTucson.com
Admission – Adults $17.95 (12 +), Children $10.95 (4-11), Children 3 & Under are free
~ Seniors 65 + w/ proof of age and Military Active Duty w/ valid military ID Save $2

Kartchner Caverns State Park – Is a large “live” care with stunning limestone walls, along with unique minerals and formations.
Contact – azstateparks.itinio.com/kartchnercaverns/tours/
(520) 586-2283
Admission – Rotunda/Throne Tour: Adults 14+ $23.00, Youth 7-13 $13.00m Children 7- Free
~ Big Room Tour: Adults 14+ $23.00, Youth 7-13 $13.00
> Big Room Tours are not available for children under 7 years of age.
~ Rebooking Fee: $5.00

San Xavier Mission – Full Functioning church with regular mass, Along with a museum at the Mission that explains more about our history with artifacts.
Contact - info@sanxaviermission.org
Admission – None

Titan Missile Silo - The Titan Missile Museum is the only remaining Titan II site open to the public, allowing you to relive a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union was a reality.
Contact - 520-625-7736
Admission – Adults $9.50, Seniors & Groups $8.50, Juniors (7-12) $6.00, Children (6- ) Free

Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve – One of a few remaining permanent streams, it provides for a wide array of diverse species from endangered fishes to butterflies and birds.
Contact – 520-394-240
Admission - $6 per person. Conservancy members and Santa Cruz/Cochise County residents, $3
~ Patagonia residents and ages 16 & under are free
~ Annual passes are available, as well as two-fer that covers this preserve and Ramsey Canyon ($10 general public)
~ Group visits require prior arrangements

Willcox Wine Tasting and Touring – Savor the variety of Willcox wines when you visit the tasting rooms and vineyards.
Contact - tomj@tmf.net
Admission – Varies

Children’s Museum Tucson – A fun, play-based, interactive, hands-on learning experiences for children and their families.
Contact – 520-792-9985
Admission – Children Ages 1-99 $8.00
~ Children under 12mo are admitted free
~ Every second Saturday if the month is $2.00 Admission day

Sabino Canyon Trails - Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes and abundant wildlife.
Contact - sabinoshuttleinfo1@att.net
~ 520-749-2861
Admission – No Cost

Tucson Botanical Gardens - The Tucson Botanical Gardens promotes responsible and appropriate use of plants and water in a desert environment through education and demonstration and provides a place of beauty and tranquility for Tucson residents and visitors.
Contact - info@tucsonbotanical.org
Admission - Oct. thru Apr. $13 Adults | $12 Student/Senior/Military | $7.50 Children 4-12 (included entrance to Butterfly Magic)
~ May thru Sept. $8 Adults | $7 Student/Senior/Military | $4 Children 4-12
~ Children 3 and under and Members are always free!

Degrazia Gallery In the Sun - Experience the gallery through a scheduled tour of the 10-acre foothills site and explore the art and architecture of Ted DeGrazia, including the original home of the prolific artist and his wife Marion, their burial sites, the adobe Mission in the Sun, Gallery in the Sun and the cactus corral.
Contact – cs@degrazia.org
Admission - The Gallery in the Sun and the gift shop are free and open to the public every day of the week. 10a-4p Daily

Southern Arizona Transportation Museum – This non-profit museum is dedicated to preserving Rail History in Southern Arizona., the historic depot and locomotive # 1673.
Contact - ContactUs@TucsonHistoricDepot.org
Admission – Free

Get ready for a day of fun and adventure!

BEST WESTERN InnSuites is the perfect gateway to the exciting array of attractions and activities in the Tucson/Oro Valley/Catalina Foothills area.
Enjoy museums, a game of golf or watching an Arizona Wildcats game.
BEST WESTERN InnSuites places you just minutes from the area’s most celebrated sights.
Enjoy quick access to University of Arizona, nearly every museum, Tucson business, shopping venue, and park imaginable.

Looking for a fun adventure?
Allow the front desk to arrange a day of desert exploration, horseback riding or golf game.
Enjoy a unique Sonoran Desert, a nearby saguaro cactus or breath-taking sunset.

Tucson Arizona Museums

San Xavier Del Bac Mission
1950 W. San Xavier Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85746
Ph (520) 294-2624
Built in the late 18th Century, San Xavier has been described as the Sistine Chapel of the United States because of the beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture and colorful art. Mission San Xavier “White Dove of the Desert” is located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.

Sonora Desert Museum

2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, Arizona 85743
Ph. (520) 883-2702
For a half-century the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of live animals in astonishingly natural settings, while intriguing and instructing them with fascinating educational programs.

Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block

140 N. Main Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701
Ph. (520) 624-2333

Flandrau Science Center

1601 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Ph (520) 621-STAR (7827)

Tucson Children’s Museum

200 S. Sixth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Ph. (520) 792-9985
More than something to see…. it’s something to do! Come to the Museum and experience a fun way of learning! All the exhibits are hands-on, encouraging interaction and triggering each child’s intellect.

Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 East Valencia Road
Tucson, AZ 85706
Ph. (520) 574-0462
The mission is to preserve and present the history of flight in such a way that the museum visitors experience a very large collection of aircraft, missiles and related artifacts in a rather extensive archive and library.

Titan Missile Museum

1580 W. Duval Mine Rd.
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Ph. (520) 625-7736
The Titan II is a second-generation liquid fueled ballistic missile and the largest Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) developed by the United States. The first missile was installed in December of 1962 and the first unit was turned over to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) on 3/31/63

Fort Lowell Museum

2900 N. Craycroft Road
Tucson, AZ 85712
Ph. (520) 885-3822
The Fort Lowell Museum is located in the reconstructed Commanding Officer’s quarters of Old Fort Lowell, originally established in 1873. The museum features exhibits about military life on the Arizona frontier. Walking tours, lectures, living history events are featured as special events.

International Wildlife Museum

4800 W. Gates Pass Road
Tucson, AZ 85745
Ph. (520) 629-0100
Featuring over 400 species of worldwide mammals, birds and insects. Some collections are over 100 years old!

Arizona Historical Society 2nd Street Museum

949 East 2nd Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
Ph. (520) 628 – 5774

Tucson Arizona Zoo

Tucson Arizona Zoo & Botanical Garden
Reid Park Zoo
1030 South Randolph Way
Tucson, Arizona 85716
Ph (520) 881-4753
Come visit the Tucson zoo, and have a wild time. Meet the more than 400 animals—rhinos, elephants, anteaters, polar bears, lions, and many more! Adventure in our African, Asian, and South American regions. Explore the Flight Connection, our full-flight walk through aviary. Go behind the scenes and discover the inner workings of the zoo.

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 North Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85712
Ph (520) 326-9686
This beautiful oasis in the heart of Tucson was originally the home of Bernice and Rutger Porter. Dating to the 1920s, the earliest buildings on the property were constructed of adobe bricks made right on site. Tucson Botanical Gardens is a place of beauty, inspiration and education about the natural world.

Tucson Arizona Casinos

Find your lucky streak in one of the Tucson’s Casinos !

Casino of the Sun
7406 South Camino de Oeste
Tucson, Arizona, 85746
Ph. (520) 879-5450
The floor is full with over 400 of your favorite games — from Little Green Men and Wheel Of Fortune to the classics like Sizzling 7’s and Double Wild Cherry. They have you covered with everything from nickel and quarter to dollar and multi-denominational machines.

Desert Diamond Casino

1100 W Pima Mine Rd
Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Ph. (520) 294-7777
Southern Arizona’s premier entertainment destination also hosts top national acts performing live at the 2,400-seat Diamond Center. The casino’s Sports Bar also offers live local entertainment.

Tucson Arizona Theatres/Galleries/Opera/Orchestra

De Grazia Gallery
6300 N. Swan Road
Tucson, AZ 85718
Ph (520) 299-9191

Southern Arizona Dance Theatre

5425 E. Broadway #103
Tucson, AZ 85711
Ph. (520) 690-7260

Arizona Opera

3501 North Mountain Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719
Ph. (520) 293-4336
Arizona Opera currently produces a five opera season, with three performance dates in Tucson at the TCC Music Hall and four performances at Symphony Hall in Phoenix.

Tucson Symphony Orchestra

2175 North Sixth Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85705-5606
Ph. (520) 792-9155
The Tucson Symphony Orchestra is the oldest continuing professional performing arts organization in the state of Arizona.

Arizona Theatre Company

40 East 14th Street
Tucson, AZ 85701
Ph. (520) 622-2823
ATC’s reputation for producing excellence on stage has garnered the company many awards, including the Presidential Citation, and the official designation in 1990 as “The State Theatre of Arizona.”

Borderlands Theatre

40 W. Broadway
Tucson, AZ 85701
Ph. (520) 882-8607
Borderlands Theater is a professional theater company recognized nationally and internationally for the development and production of theater and educational program.

Davis Dominguez Gallery

154 E. Sixth St.
Tucson, AZ 85705-8321
Ph (520) 629-9759
Located between the Tucson Museum of Art and the University of Arizona Museum of Art. Our 5,400 square foot historic warehouse space hosts new exhibits every 6 wks.

El Presidio Gallery, Inc.

3001 E. Skyline Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85715
Ph (520) 299-1414
The 6,000 square-foot gallery in ‘Gallery Row at El Cortijo’ in Tucson offers a diverse collection of subjects and styles.

Gallery West

6420 N. Campbell Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85718
Ph (520) 529-7002
Nestled in the foothills of Tucson’s Santa Catalina Mountains, specializing in the finest historic and contemporary Native American Indian Art

Day Trips from BEST WESTERN InnSuites Tucson

If you thought Tucson was surrounded by flat, sandy desert, you are in for a surprise.
True, there is a desert here, but it is a lush desert where tall saguaro cacti tower over mesquite, ironwood, creosote, and many smaller cacti that bear vibrant blooms.
Hills and mountains break the view, and distant mountains promise cool forests of ponderosa pines.

Arizona’s landscape is varied and beautiful, and you can see a lot of it in a series of day trips out of Tucson.
Some of the most popular day trips out of Tucson include:

Amerind Foundation : (Short for “American Indian”), the Amerind Foundation Museum contains one of the finest collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials in the country. (1 hour drive)

Bisbee & Tombstone, Arizona : A great day trip to two of Arizona’s unique historic towns. Historic Bisbee, the infamous mining boomtown, is now an arts and architectural oasis and the Copper Queen Mine. Tombstone—the “town too tough to die”—is the site of a fascinating chapter in American history, home to notorious saloons and the Gunfight at the OK Corral. (1 hour drive)

Colossal Cave Mountain Park : Dry cavern and historic site; crystal-filled hollow mountain, previously home to American Indian families and cowboy outlaws, is now the scene of underground candlelight tours. (40 minute drive)

Columbia University’s Biosophere 2 Center : World renowned experiment in creating a closed eco-system. (40 minute drive)

Kartchner Caverns State Park : Arizona’s newest attraction. An ancient limestone cave dripping with colorful formations, recently discovered and opened to the public. (45 minute drive)

Kitt Peak National Observatory : Home to the world’s greatest concentration of telescopes for stellar, solar and planetary research. (1 hour drive)

Nogales, Sonora : A festive Mexican marketplace featuring homemade crafts and goods. (1 hour drive)

Tubac, Arizona : Admire mission architecture, browse galleries and shop in the village of Tubac, where art and history meet. (45 minute drive)

Visiting The Grand Canyon from Tucson.

If you are visiting Arizona, it is well worth the drive to visit The Grand Canyon.

Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View).
The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.

If you are visiting Arizona, it is well worth the drive to visit The Grand Canyon.

Nearly five million people see the 1 mile deep (1.6 km) Grand Canyon each year.
Most of them see it from their car at overlooks along the South Rim (this includes Grand Canyon Village, Hermits Rest, and Desert View).
The South Rim is the most accessible part of the park and is open all year.

A much smaller number of people see the Canyon from the North Rim, which lies just 10 miles / 16 km (as the condor flies) directly across the Canyon from the South Rim.
The North Rim rises a thousand feet higher than the South Rim, and is much less accessible.
Heavy snows close the road to the North Rim from late October to mid May of each year.
Even in good weather it’s harder to get to. It is 220 miles / 354 km by car from the South Rim, or 21 miles / 34 km by foot across the Canyon by way of the North and South Kaibab Trails.
The Inner Canyon includes everything below the rim and is seen mainly by hikers, mule riders, or river runners.
There are many opportunities here for adventurous and hardy persons who want to backpack, ride a mule to Phantom Ranch, or take a river trip through the Canyon on the Colorado River (which can take anywhere from a few days to three weeks – there are no one-day river trips through Grand Canyon).

For information on planning your visit, go to www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/

Sedona, Arizona

BEST WESTERN InnSuites Tucson Hotel & Suites is a perfect gateway to visiting Sedona, Arizona.
Approximately 3 hours from Tucson lies the town of Sedona–located in north central Arizona.

Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
This picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain.
At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that is wildly wonderful.
Natural endowments aside, you’ll also find a very good variety of dining to keep you satisfied.
Kick back and enjoy the beauty that Sedona offers.

Southern Arizona

BEST WESTERN InnSuites Tucson Hotel & Suites is a perfect gateway to Southern Arizona.

Southern Arizona offers many fun and exciting places to visit including Tombstone, Tubac and Mexico.
Driving about one hour southeast of Tucson is Tombstone, Arizona.
“The Town Too Tough to Die” has a vast array of attractions and points of interest for all ages.
There are many places to eat, drink, and sleep in town, as well.
Several of the saloons in town offer live music on weekends, and most can accommodate dancing.
There are a number of gunfight shows in town, stagecoach and wagon tours, and a city park.
If you’re interested in shopping, Tombstone has a wealth of unique shops and services available to you.

Driving about one hour south of Tucson is Nogales, Arizona which also borders Mexico.
Just across the border from Nogales, Arizona, the two cities share the same name but the cultures have evolved separately.
Fill your trip to Mexico with its traditions, wonderful shopping and great food.
Take the time to enjoy the restaurants-La Roca and El Greco are a couple of local haunts but there are many terrific restaurants to choose from.

Walking is a popular way to cross the border and Nogales, AZ has many guarded parking lots close to the port-of-entry.
The cost to park your vehicle all day is very reasonable, generally under $4.00, and most of the shopping and eating attractions are close to the border and within easy walking distance.
As you enter Mexico, you will see the Flag Island of the Americas, which has banners for all of the Mexican states-Nogales is in the state of Sonora.
Turn right at Campillo Street and walk down three blocks to Obregon Street-now you can shop, browse, explore and enjoy the people, places, sights, and sounds of Mexico.
If your love is pottery, glassware, furniture, baskets, rugs, leather, or jewelry you will, if you look, find unique and beautiful pieces at reasonable cost.
A local business where you can find all of these items is El Sarape located on Calle Obregon, you can contact them at 011-52-631-312-0309.
Prices at the shops are not fixed so prepare to enjoy bargaining-negotiate a price! Business is done in English and American currency is preferred.
Before crossing the border give the U.S. Customs office a call to check for current regulations. The Mexican and U.S. Customs offices are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions (520) 287-1410.
You may also call (520) 885-0694 for more information.

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Hotel Tucson City Center Conference Suite Resort is home to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!

For two weeks every winter, the world meets in Tucson as it becomes a bustling, international marketplace of buyers and sellers at the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase.
The “Gem Show” is much more than a single event at one location.
Rather, there are thousands of participants and attendees at more than 40 sites around town.
Dozens of shows take place at the same time – in giant white tents, at hotels and resorts and at exhibit halls.

The largest show is at Hotel Tucson City Center at 475 North Granada Avenue in Tucson, Arizona.

There’s something for everyone at the many open-to-the-public shows – from gold and diamonds to granite bookends and glass beads, and from fine specimens of dinosaur fossils to opals dug from the Australian Outback.
This show attracts thousands of treasure hunters from every corner of the globe and is open to the public. There are displays from renowned museums and private collections along with over 250 mineral, gemstone, jewelry and fossil retail dealers. It also features hands-on exhibits only for school children.
Most of the gem and mineral shows around Tucson are free and hours vary.

For Tucson Gem Show information and more, visit www.visittucson.org/visitor/events/gemshow/