The Hidden (and Not-So-Hidden) Gems of Tucson

12 Dec

With all of the chaos of finals, it can be hard to remember that sweet, SWEET winter break is coming! For those of you who aren’t taking winter courses this is a beautiful opportunity to relax, live life more momentously and memorably, adventure, and get away from the semester tortures of homework and exams. For those of you taking classes, good luck my friend… may the force be with you. I kid, I kid. Even if you’re taking a class you still have the opportunity to do all of the above things.

If you’re staying here in Tucson get excited! Tucson has a multitude of adventures and gems waiting to be discovered by you. Now the question is: are you up for the challenge?

Here are a few of my personal favorite Tucson gems! I hope you get out this winter break and emerge in at least one of them!

1. Hiking.

Tucson has some pretty sweet spots for memorable and exhilarating hikes! Even if not located in Tucson these spots are close enough to check them out. These are my personal faves:

Tumamoc Hill
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“A” Mountain (Sentinel Peak)


Picacho Peak


Romero Pools

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Sabino Canyon

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Mt. Lemmon

2. Museums

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Tucson Museum of Art

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Arizona State Museum

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Pima Air and Space Museum

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San Xavier Mission

3. Parks/Observatories/Others

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Reid Park/Zoo

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Biosphere 2

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Kitt Peak Observatory

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Saguaro National Park

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

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Tohono Chul Park


4. Tucson Attractions

The Loft


Centennial Hall

Get Air

Rocks and Ropes

Golf N Stuff

Gaslight Theatre

Old Tucson

5. Holiday Fun


20th Annual  Parade of Lights

Zoo Lights

Old Tucson Old Time Holidays

Season of Light Planetarium Shows

6. Food stops

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La Cocina


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Cup Cafe

The Hub

Chocolate Iguana



Mi Nidito

Guero Canelo

Blue Willow

– Lucero


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