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Making new friends is one of the most rewarding parts of travelling, and with as many as 500,000 residents calling this place home, you're certain to have plenty of opportunities.
Arizona's capital, Phoenix, is 170 kilometres away from Tucson, while San Manuel lies 55 kilometres away.
The University of Arizona is one thing we're sure you'll want to see. This world-renowned icon never fails to amaze.
If you're travelling with the entire family, trips to the Old Tucson Studios and Breakers Water Park should definitely be a winner. Are the little ones still bouncing off the walls? Don't stop yet. Keep them busy with a trip to Funtasticks Family Fun Park and Golf N' Stuff Family Fun Center.
Witness the wonder and amazement in the kids’ eyes as they meet the fascinating inhabitants of the Reid Park Zoo. The Reid Park also offers a fun and educational experience.
If you like to think of yourself as a lover of all things wine, seize the opportunity to drop in to a local vineyard. You can sample some regional specialties at the Charron Vineyards.
There's not much like a night at a casino to jump start your festive spirit! Challenge the blackjack dealer and get into the high-stakes action or simply wander around and soak up the sights and sounds at the Casino del Sol and the Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Sahuarita. For even more fun and games, go to the Desert Diamond Casinos and Entertainment Tucson and the Casino of the Sun.
Spend a few hours in the Tohono Chul Park and the Tucson Botanical Gardens, where you will find a fantastic variety of plant specimens.
If the days are sunny, borrow a rug, fill a picnic hamper and soak up some vitamin D at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Can I take a city tour? What's there to do this weekend? You'll discover the answers to your questions about your stay at Tucson Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Among the amazing natural attractions in Tucson is Tanque Verde Falls. Its tumbling waters won't disappoint.
Tucson features a multitude of nature reserves, such as Saguaro National Park and Catalina State Park. For some more breathing space, head over to Coronado National Forest and Madera Canyon.
Compelling exhibits are waiting to be studied at the Pima Air and Space Museum and the Titan Missile Museum. They're calm places to take five or escape a bad-weather day. Looking for more? Also go to the Frankling Auto Museum and Science Downtown.
The world of science never ceases to captivate us. Learn all about the latest in innovation and technology at the Biosphere 2 and Kitt Peak National Observatory. For even more mind-blowing experiences, add Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory and Flandrau Observatory to your itinerary of discovery.
We're not quite sure how the Arizona State Museum and the International Wildlife Museum have managed to jam-pack so many of this planet's fascinating artefacts into just two spaces. Time spent at either will captivate you for hours on end. For even more from the natural world, make the trip to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
In a place brimming with impressive art collections, the Tucson Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography somehow manage to stand out from the rest. The Museum of Contemporary Art and the University of Arizona Museum of Art shouldn't be missed either.
Learn all about the influence that Tucson's past people and events had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Arizona History Museum and the Jewish History Museum. For another insight into days gone by, you might also like to check out the Museum of the Horse Soldier and the Fort Lowell Museum.
Get a better feel for the past when you visit Tucson's history-filled sites. There are plenty to choose from, but the Historic Hacienda De La Canoa and the Pioneer Memorial are ideal places to start. If you're still hungry for more, the El Fronterizo and the El Centro Cultural de las Americas should be next on the list.
Learn about the city's religious beliefs at Mission San Xavier del Bac and El Tiradito Wishing Shrine. You can get an even deeper look into the city's beliefs at San Pedro Chapel and Catalina American Baptist Church.
It's better to look back on your past and say, 'Did I really do that?' instead of, 'I really wish I had done that.' So, while you're here you shouldn't miss the chance to discover some of the less well-known attractions, such as the Gallery Golf Club and Pima County Courthouse. You shouldn't forget about the Berger Performing Arts Center and the Stone Canyon Club either.
There are about 68 Tucson hotels listed on lastminute.com.au. With such a fabulous range to select from, finding the ideal place will be a breeze!
Whether you're after a simple room to lay your head or one with all the extra bells and whistles, Tucson has you covered. For quality service that won't cost you an arm and a leg, book in at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza Univ (4250 N Campbell Ave) or the Candlewood Suites Tucson (1995 West River Rd and North Lacholla Rd). But that said — you are on holiday. If you'd rather live large while you're here, we don't blame you! The welcoming staff at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa and the Arizona Inn are experts in luxury and leisure.
Another good option is to stay near the University of Arizona. You can do this by booking a room at the Tucson University Park Hotel, located just 0.7 kilometres away. Also popular is the Aloft Tucson University, 0.8 kilometres away.
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