One of the most diverse cities in the Southwest, Tucson’s cultural and community flavor spans the journey from its ancient native roots to the modern wonders of Biosphere 2 and the University of Arizona. A colorful and vibrant explosion of art and expression await. Here’s but a sampling of what Tucson has to offer:
A Tucson classic! Just 20 minutes from Casino Del Sol at the foot of the Tucson mountains, Old Tucson preserves a slice of the American West. The scene of many great western movies, Old Tucson delights with gunfight re-enactments amid an authentic, old-time western atmosphere. Visit the Old Tucson website here.
This legendary project is about the earth and how humans propose to live in its present and future condition and environments. The mission of Biosphere 2 is to serve as a center for research, teaching and learning about Earth, its living systems and its place in the universe. Visit the Biosphere 2 website here.
The University of Arizona
One of the nation’s great institutions of higher learning, Casino Del Sol and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe are proud of their association with the University of Arizona. As a living and vital part of the community it serves, The University of Arizona is also a focal point of personal pride for many Tucson residents. Sewailo, the resort’s championship golf course, serves as the home course for both the university men’s and women’s golf teams. Visit The University of Arizona website here.
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
One of the top attractions in Tucson and a Top 10 Museum according to TripAdvisor, this 98-acre desert museum is a fusion of botanical gardens, a zoo, an art gallery, a natural history museum and an aquarium. This amazing museum showcases the beauty of the Sonoran Desert in all its splendor. Visit the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum website here.
Kitt Peak National Observatory
The world’s most diverse collection of astronomical instruments and observatories is located less than an hour’s drive south of Casino Del Sol. Nighttime stargazing and daytime solar observing is available. The visitor center is open daily.
The Pima Air & Space Museum
The world’s largest, non-government funded collection of air and spacecraft is located here. Marvel at the advancement of both military and civilian flight and rocketry. Learn about the amazing technologies involved in this incredible museum.
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block
An entire city block of art and culture, encompassing five historic properties featuring permanent and traveling exhibitions of Native American, Latino and contemporary American art.
Saguaro National Park
Tucson is home to the largest cacti in the world, the Saguaro. This national park is dedicated to their preservation and beauty. Gaze at the serene majesty of these desert giants and be inspired by their longevity and grace.
Part of the Colorado National Forest and located in the Catalina Mountains, the Canyon’s historic and scenic spots can be observed on a four-mile, 45-minute scenic tram ride.
Titan Missle Museum
A preserved Titan II missile site and museum showcasing the tensions and drama of another time when the United States and the Soviet Union vied for nuclear superiority. A unique presentation of the history of the threat of nuclear conflict between two of the world’s great superpowers.
The legends of Wyatt Earp and his brothers, and of Doc Holliday in the famed “Gunfight at the OK Corral” live on in this authentic, western town. Known as “The Town too Tough to Die,” you can still visit it today.
Mission San Xavier Del Bac
Known throughout the world as “The White Dove of the Desert,” this legendary mission is the oldest intact European structure in Arizona. An iconic and internationally known structure, its breathtaking beauty and architecture make it a “must see” for Tucson visitors.
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
Feel the temperatures drop up to 40 degrees as you make your way to the town of Summerhaven and the top of Mt. Lemmon. Picnic or hike your way along scenic trails. Enjoy a great lunch or dinner at trail’s end at the top of the world.