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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Hotel
“Hotel Congress is THE spot in Tucson if you want to experience the Tucson nightlife. Full of energy from people ranging in ages 21-50+ The heart of Tucson lies here at this location. Great drinks, Great music and great atmosphere. Hit up Thursday nights for Opti Club Night which focuses on pure dance music. Several bars inside and out along with DJ booths in and out. Favorite spot in Tucson.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Church
“About 30 minute drive south of Tucson on Interstate 19 just past downtown. ”
  • 96 locals recommend
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Science Museum
“Check out this unique collection of air craft from the Wright Brothers to present day.”
  • 57 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
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“Great place to learn about local plants and an amazing butterfly enclosure.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
$$$
“Very fun dining experience with regional Mexican food, not traditionally Sonoran..”
  • 85 locals recommend
University
“It’s a university town. Perfect for homecoming, parents weekend, or graduation.”
  • 61 locals recommend
Museum
“The museum features western, Latin American, and modern and contemporary art exhibitions as well as five historic houses that provide visitors with a unique look into Tucson's past. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“THE LOFT CINEMA is a nonprofit art house cinema located in Tucson, Arizona. The Loft Cinema screens first-run independent American and foreign films and documentaries, as well as classic art films and special events. The theatre has 3 screens with a seating capacity that ranges from 90 to 370. They serve food, drink, and liquor. Very close distance to the property.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“This mall is on the east side of Tucson, and it has most of the same stores as Tucson Mall. There are a few exceptions but nothing special to make a special trip over there.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“sabino canyon is a perennial favorite. you can either just ride the tram in and out and see the sights, or hop off and do some hiking on your own. ”
  • 59 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Closest location approx. 10 miles. Downtown. Serving Tucson since 1922. One of the oldest family-owned restaurants in the US. Carne Seca ( sun-dried shredded beef) is a Sonoran Desert specialty here and chimichangas. Besides the wonderful food, the ambiance is Southwest lovely. Highly recommend reservations on the weekends. Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily $$-$$$”
  • 40 locals recommend
Market
“Shopping, food and Farmers Market on Thursday afternoons. Ride the Trolley to get there!”
  • 53 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Historic music venue in the heart of downtown. Hopefully you can check out a show!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Park
“Lots of trails, tram rides to see some of the most beautiful examples of the Sonoran desert”
  • 58 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“*The Cup has good food & is open breakfast, lunch & dinner. However, I am mostly recommending for the historic ambience - and since you need to visit the hotel anyway at some point - you might as well stop here :). I love the interior, but the patio can also be lovley. Sunday brunch gets insanely crowded - I think because they have a bloody mary bar.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“Sweet and savory fancy breakfast eats in a modern chic atmosphere. More fancy than our other breakfast recommendations, but casual clothing is also suitable because we’re in the desert college town. ”
  • 39 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Hotel Congress is THE spot in Tucson if you want to experience the Tucson nightlife. Full of energy from people ranging in ages 21-50+ The heart of Tucson lies here at this location. Great drinks, Great music and great atmosphere. Hit up Thursday nights for Opti Club Night which focuses on pure dance music. Several bars inside and out along with DJ booths in and out. Favorite spot in Tucson.”
  • 100 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Very fun dining experience with regional Mexican food, not traditionally Sonoran..”
  • 85 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“Closest location approx. 10 miles. Downtown. Serving Tucson since 1922. One of the oldest family-owned restaurants in the US. Carne Seca ( sun-dried shredded beef) is a Sonoran Desert specialty here and chimichangas. Besides the wonderful food, the ambiance is Southwest lovely. Highly recommend reservations on the weekends. Hours: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Daily $$-$$$”
  • 40 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“*The Cup has good food & is open breakfast, lunch & dinner. However, I am mostly recommending for the historic ambience - and since you need to visit the hotel anyway at some point - you might as well stop here :). I love the interior, but the patio can also be lovley. Sunday brunch gets insanely crowded - I think because they have a bloody mary bar.”
  • 48 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Sweet and savory fancy breakfast eats in a modern chic atmosphere. More fancy than our other breakfast recommendations, but casual clothing is also suitable because we’re in the desert college town. ”
  • 39 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“One of our favorite spots in Tucson for breakfast, lunch or brunch! Tip for any vegans: the "roast beet sandwich" is hands down one of the best vegan or vegetarian sandwiches I (Tes) have ever had. This is also a good place to pop in if you need a coffee, a beverage to go, or a bottle of wine. ”
  • 42 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“You don't want to miss this place, awesome! Deli, wood fired pizza outrageous selection of chocolate bars, wine, beer, any meal of the day, gotta check this place out!”
  • 57 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“I like to go for the happy hour food specials (at the bar & on front patio) from 4-6pm. Half off lots of great appetizers (the calamari is outstanding!). In general - great food with some interesting takes on regional dsihes & ingredients. Dinner gets way fancier & more expensive than happy hour- definitely a special occasion/foodie type experience.”
  • 29 locals recommend

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