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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.

Church
“Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham Nation San Xavier Indian Reservation.”
  • 87 locals recommend
Hotel
“Inside a circa-1919 hotel, this trendy American cafe serves old-school desserts & creative entrees!”
  • 94 locals recommend
Science Museum
“One of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres on a campus occupying 127 acres. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
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“Affordable fun day trip. Beautiful spot to walk around, multitude of plants, flowers and butterflies. Only 1 mile away.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Movie Theatre
“We tend to watch movies at home so we're never been to The Loft. Staying home, guarantees unlimited bathroom breaks and excellent drink prices. The Loft is a Tucson institution. View indie films like a Tucsonan for a night :)”
  • 71 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“Cafe Poca Cosa is a must-have experience for many visitors to Tucson. Headed by acclaimed chef Susana Davila, Cafe Poca Cosa features a daily chalkboard menu with innovative takes on classical Mexican cuisine. The atmosphere is moody and beautiful. You'll want to make a reservation.”
  • 84 locals recommend
University
“The historic U of A has as many things do as you can imagine, from the Center for Creative Photography to the Mirror Lab that makes the giant telescope optics, just visit their website for an event! ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Park
“This vast national forest area offers hiking trails & tram rides through picturesque desert canyons. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Museum
“Been one time. Permanent collection offers you an excellent introduction to borderlands art, indigenous art(s) and Sonoran art and cultural foundations :)”
  • 44 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
Shopping Mall
“This mall has your basic stores like: Dillards, Macys, Sephora, Forever21, H&M, etc”
  • 19 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
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“One of our favorite cafes with a bar, wood fired pizza, and market. Great selection of beer, wine, coffee, and local / quality grocery items. They have the best baguette! ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Grocery Store
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“Fantastic produce and wonderful meats, with enthusiastic and knowledgeable butchers. ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Market
“One of our favorite open air market areas with several restaurants, boutiques, a bakery, coffee shop, a market, etc... tacos to fine dining. (very kid-friendly)”
  • 50 locals recommend
Arts & Crafts Store
“North 4th Avenue is Tucson's premiere shopping experience with all local "mom and pop" shops: book stores, unique clothing, metaphysical stores, food Co-Op, antiques, upcycled art, Tucson Herb Store, jewelry, candles, salons, tattoo parlors, thrift stores, cafes, restaurants, bars, music. Something for everyone!”
  • 32 locals recommend