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Downtown TucsonTucson

Historic architecture and traditions are integrated seamlessly into the city’s hip, cosmopolitan urban center, which is connected to other Tucson areas by a streetcar route.

In the heart of the city, Downtown Tucson draws together historic precincts, university districts and the city’s lone streetcar route. Alongside the Presidio and Congress Street historic districts, Downtown Tucson is where you’ll find the city’s best shopping, some of the state’s most important cultural institutions and international cuisine in fashionable locations. Join local residents reveling in the bars around the University of Tucson or stop at the farmers market to sample Arizona’s finest produce.

Start your visit to the city by exploring the El Presidio Historic District to understand the city’s foundations. As one of the earliest settlements in the United States, the precinct is of great historic value. See restored homes and traditional iron street lamps as you explore the region on foot. Board a horse-drawn carriage for a guided tour of the area. See the Tucson Museum of Art and capture photographs of the façade of the Old County Courthouse. Stop for a meal at El Charro Café, one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the country.

Walk to Congress Street to see where Tucson’s old city and modern culture combine. Eat at fashionable restaurants, shop for records and vintage clothes at independent boutiques or peruse local art at its many galleries. The historic Hotel Congress dates back to 1919 and was once the hideout of John Dillinger, the famous outlaw.

Visit on the second weekend of the month to experience 2nd Saturdays Downtown, a celebration of the city’s culture and cuisine. Throughout the streets, galleries and restaurants of the city Tucson locals present art, music and food. Check the official website for schedules or pick up pamphlets from stores around the city.

Downtown Tucson is a hub for the city’s hotels. Select from a range of accommodations. Get around the area using the Sun Link Tucson Streetcar, which cuts through Downtown Tucson, passing many of its major attractions. Taxis and buses also serve the region, while some parking is available for a fee.


Popular places to visit in Downtown Tucson

Fox Theatre
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Fox Theatre

3.5/5(3 reviews)

The glamour of the 1930s comes alive in a restored movie palace that’s now a popular downtown arts venue.

Tucson Museum of Art
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Tucson Museum of Art

5/5(2 reviews)

A celebration of three millennia of art is spread over an entire block in one of the city’s historic districts.

St. Augustine Cathedral
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St. Augustine Cathedral

Capture photographs of the Baroque spires of this impressive cathedral and watch a mariachi band performing traditional songs at a Spanish Mass.

Saguaro National Park
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Saguaro National Park

5/5(65 reviews)

Hike, bike or drive through fields and forests containing one of the most recognized cactus plants in the world.

Pima Air and Space Museum
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Pima Air and Space Museum

4.5/5(29 reviews)

One of the largest aviation museums in the world houses aircraft and spacecraft from the 1920s to the present.

Old Tucson Studios
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Old Tucson Studios

4.5/5(26 reviews)

This Western movie studio and theme park with rides, gunfights and stunt shows has been the setting for hundreds of Hollywood productions.

Top things to do in Downtown Tucson

Urban Adventure Quest - Tucson
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Urban Adventure Quest - Tucson

CA $25
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Arizona
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3Quest Challenge Scavenger hunts of Arizona

CA $13
Per adult
Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Arizona
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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure of Arizona

CA $13
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Arizona
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Arizona

CA $26
Per adult
Ace of Escape
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Ace of Escape

CA $33
Per adult
Oasis Tour of Tucson
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Oasis Tour of Tucson

CA $66
Per adult

Top Hotels in Downtown Tucson

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson Downtown
Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson Downtown
2.5 out of 5
222 S. Freeway Rd., Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $83 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Garden of Gethsemane, Tucson Convention Center and Fox Theatre. University of Arizona is ...

3.8/5Good! (637 reviews)

"Amazing"…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

Red Lion Inn & Suites Tucson Downtown
The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
3.5 out of 5
960 South Freeway Rd, Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $122 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of El Tiradito Wishing Shrine and Tucson Convention Center. University of Arizona and Fox Theatre ...

4.3/5Excellent! (10 reviews)

"The whole place was so cute! The room was very clean and nicely updated. The only downside was you had to make a reservation for the pool due to Covid and I got a room with a pool just to escape the heat. Not a big deal, the TV was great and I could use my login to watch my usual shows on ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 16, 2020

The Tuxon Hotel, Tucson, a Member of Design Hotels
OYO Hotel Tucson Downtown
OYO Hotel Tucson Downtown
2 out of 5
1222 S Freeway Rd., Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $54 per night from Nov 22 to Nov 23

Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Cruz Church, Tucson Convention Center and Fox Theatre. El Tiradito Wishing Shrine and ...

2.1/5 (256 reviews)

"price was good. bed was comfortable. check-in was easy."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 29, 2020

OYO Hotel Tucson Downtown
Quality Inn near Downtown Tucson
Quality Inn near Downtown Tucson
2.5 out of 5
750 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $58 per night from Nov 4 to Nov 5

Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Cruz Church, Tucson Convention Center and Fox Theatre. El Tiradito Wishing Shrine and ...

3/5 (652 reviews)
Excellent stay!

"Staff was wonderful and very friendly.. our room was very clean, and comfortable.."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 12, 2020

Quality Inn near Downtown Tucson
AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown
AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown
3.5 out of 5
151 East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $161 per night from Nov 3 to Nov 4

Located in Downtown Tucson, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rialto Theatre, Tucson Convention Center and Fox Theatre. University of Arizona is 1.6 mi ...

4.2/5Very Good! (153 reviews)

"Right smack in downtown Tucson, walking distance from restaurants and bars."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown
Motel 6 Tucson, AZ
Motel 6 Tucson, AZ
2 out of 5
1010 South Freeway, I-10 and 22nd, Tucson, AZ
The price is CA $66 per night from Oct 25 to Oct 26

Located in Downtown Tucson, this motel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Santa Cruz Church, Tucson Convention Center and Fox Theatre. El Tiradito Wishing Shrine and ...

2.1/5 (854 reviews)

"The pool was finally open - that was amazing - but it wasn't maintained very well... it was very dirty. The surrounding area was filled with trash. About 30 minutes after checking in - someone came and picked up the trash but there was still dog poop in the rocks surrounding the pool."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 8, 2020

Motel 6 Tucson, AZ
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