Tucson is a very culturally rich city and there is a vast number of places to enjoy all the way from downtown to the north, east, west and south parts of the city. Tombstone is a few hours drive away.
If you visit during the first week of the month, you can visit several museums, art galleries and events, which are free, cutting down on some of the expense of your trip. If you love music, we have the philharmonic orchestra which Marvin Hamlisch was once the conductor. The philharmonic puts on free events throughout the year in various parks around the area.
The Pima County Library hold many free events, for both children and adults, which include travel, Tai Chi, family board games and the like.
If you like the excitement of a small city community, historic Fourth Avenue is the best place to be. There is everything from various cultural food restaurants, pubs, ice cream vendors, book stores, food coop and many more stores which sell trinkets to appease your souvenir fever.
If you're visiting in December or May, there's the historic Fourth Avenue street fairs with artisans visiting from all over the state. If you want to see what the local artists are showing, there's the Made in Tuscon Market in mid-November. Here you can purchase your holiday gifts for friends, loved ones or that something special you are looking for to brighten your home. Don't forget the trolley you can take from Fourth Avenue to downtown in a matter of minutes so you can park your car in one spot and travel to experience downtown without the aggravation of driving through traffic.
If you're into air craft, there's the Pima Air and Space Museum. You might want to block off a couple of days to visit the museum as there is so much to experience.
If you're into horses, there are dressage and jumping events which take place at Kino Sports Complex on Ajo Way, which is right next to Banner Hospital.
Depending on the time of year, Tucson has many cultural events and their own version of Comi-con which is known as Tucson Comic Con where big name actors and screenwriters attend. There's a vast array of individuals dressed up as their favorite science fiction character and many vendors you would see at a Comi-con event.
If you like visiting zoos, Tucson is the home to the Reid Park Zoo. Also on the grounds, is a dog park, the Rose Garden, fountain with various types of ducks and egretes.
If you're a nature buff or a photographer, there's the Desert Museum, Collosal Cave underground caverns and other drive through areas to experience the beauty of the desert.
While the summers in Tucson are quite extreme, make sure you drink plenty of water and don't plan on going hiking in the mountains during the afternoon or evenings when the heat is at its worse. The best time to hike, in the summer, is during early summer and in the morning. Take several bottles of water with you to stay hydrated.
If you choose to vacation during the winter, when the temperatures range from a high in the mid-sixties to seventies with a few days in the eightie, Tucson is a nice getaway with much to experience. If you like the nightlife, downtown Tucson and Fourth Avenue have much to experience along with various seasonal activities and regular events going on throughout the area.
Depending on your taste, Tucson will most likely be able to satisfy what you like to do while you're on vacation. Try Tucson for your next getaway.