In a short stretch of 27 miles, you can explore one of the most wide-ranging natural diversities of the whole country. Start from the biological equivalent of the Mexican deserts and end in the forests of Canada. Along the highway there are plenty of pull-offs, trailheads, hikes and scenic overlooks.
More than just a zoo, visitors to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum will have the opportunity to take in the natural landscape of the Sonoran desert, including the animals and plants that call it home. There are two miles of walking paths that traverse this 21-acre conglomerate of 230 species of animals and 1,200 types of plants.
Reservations are required for guided tours, but you can stop by the visitors center daily to explore educational exhibits, including some chronicling research projects conducted at the Arizona observatory. The FLWO is conducted under the auspices of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.
The Garden of Gethsemane is a beautiful garden containing religious sculptures created by artist Felix Lucero after World War I. Lucero himself fought in France during the war and dedicated his life to sculpting statues of Jesus Christ because his life was spared in battle.
Built across ten acres at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains by Ettore "Ted" DeGrazia, the buildings, works of art in themselves, house works by the artist and others. DeGrazia, who lived until 1982, depicted the lives of the Arizona people through his paintings and other works.
All areas of science are explored at the science center, located on the University of Arizona's campus, through events, activities, and ever-changing exhibits. It is also the home of the Mineral Museum and southern Arizona's only Planetarium Theater.
Housed in an adobe building that dates back to the 1860s, Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner in the patio dining area. Cushing Street hosts live jazz music on Saturday nights and serves up a delicious brunch menu on Sundays.
Thinking outside the circle, Reilly's is a pizza parlor that offers something beyond the basic pepperoni pie. It is likely you have never seen a pizza topped with such unusual ingredients as squash, truffle cheese, broccoli, lemon, and eggplant. They also have an extensive wine list and a menu of unique and refreshing cocktails.
The Fix is a mac 'n cheese lover's paradise with an almost endless variety of flavor combinations of this classic American comfort food. Create your own flavor combination with your choice of sauce, meat, and veggies, or try one of their signature mac 'n cheese creations like the Lobster, the Hangover, the Buffalo Chicken, or the Meat Lovers. The menu also contains salads and sandwiches.
If you need a break from the stream of Mexican-inspired restaurants but want a little something more than typical American fare, try the Jamaican dishes at D's Island Grill JA. They have become famous locally for their jerk burger. Call or order online to have your food delivered right to you!
Named for its location on Pennington Street in Downtown Tucson, Cafe 54 serves an ever-changing lunch menu of dishes inspired by fresh ingredients throughout the week. In addition to serving delicious food to Tucsonans, Cafe 54 also serves the community as an employment-training program for individuals with mental disabilities.
Art lovers and breakfast lovers converge at Claire's, which houses original artwork and serves breakfast all day. All of your favorites are represented on the menu here, from pancakes, waffles, and omelettes in the morning to burgers and fries, sandwiches, and salads for lunch and dinner.
Beautiful handmade mosaic table tops are a highlight of this quaint Mexican cafe. Of course the food isn't anything to sneeze at. Teresa's was featured on an episode of the Food Network's Throwdown! with Bobby Flay, in which they competed against the celebrity chef in the preparation of huevos rancheros.
With three locations in Tucson and convenient hours, Risky Business is a great place to have a meal, unwind with friends, or sip a drink while catching a game. Its easygoing climate draws both adults seeking a good time in the late hours and families who want a fun, relaxing lunch or dinner out.
Whether you think it's tacky or chic, you won't be able to take your eyes off of the funky, retro decor while you enjoy a drink or game of pool. Generally, The Shelter plays rock music from all decades, but, occasionally, they also host live musical performances.
The Tucson International Airport (TUS) is about 10 miles south from downtown Tucson and served by six airlines that fly nonstop to 15 major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta. Car rentals On-site you will find nine car rentals such as Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise. These car rental agencies can be found in the Rental Car Facility east of the Terminal. Bus To travel by public transport from the airport you can use Tucson region's public transit system called Sun Tran. Usually it runs every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 10:30pm weekdays and every 60 minutes from 6am to 7pm weekends and holidays. The bus stop is placed directly west of the terminal on the Departures Roadway. You can either pay cash (exact change is required) or with SunGO fare card which you can pre-purchase in advance and have it mailed before the trip. www.suntran.com Shuttle Arizona Stagecoach offers shared-ride van services throughout the Tucson region. Their counter is in the baggage claim area. Many hotels and resorts also offers shuttle services but make sure to book in advance. Taxi Another option to travel from the airport is by taxi. There are four taxi companies serving from the airport which are situated on the Commercial Roadway outside the baggage claim area.
SunTran operates the public bus system in Tucson and they operate 40 fixed routes. You can either pay your fair by having a SunGO Card or pay with Go Tucson app. If paying in cash the farebox validates bills and coins. www.suntran.com The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar links five major activity centers–the University of Arizona, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, Downtown Tucson, and the Mercado District–in central Tucson. Cash is not accepted on the streetcar. You can buy 1-Day SunGO ticket and once you have activated it, it is good for 24 hours. Tucson Streetcar starts to operate 7am on weekdays and 8am on weekends. www.sunlinkstreetcar.com .
Several local pharmacies are located throughout Tucson as well as branches are chain pharmacies Walgreens and CVS. CVS Pharmacy 865 E Grant Rd, Tucson +1 520 622 4853 Open daily 7am - 10pm Reed's Compounding Pharmacy 2729 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson +1 520 318 4421 Monday - Friday 9am - 6pm, Saturday 9am - 1pm