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Things to Do in Tucson

Discover the many fun and exciting things to do during your stay at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. Whether you’re looking to delve into ancient Native American culture, want to energize yourself on the nearby hiking trails, shop til you drop in a local market, or simply relax and enjoy Arizona’s perennially sunny climate, there are plenty of diverse, family friendly and exciting excursions and attractions in and around Tucson to round out your stay.

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Nature Hiking Trails

Nature Hiking Trails

Mountain and desert hiking is a popular activity within the Sonoran Desert. There are hiking trails for every difficulty level,...

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Tucson mountain biking trails are some of the best in Arizona! ...

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Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley

Ride the ski lift in summer or winter to experience the beautiful foliage of the forest or winter snow....

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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter

Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter is an exceptional science learning facility located at Steward Observatory’s “sky island” observing site just north of Tucson....

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Mt. Lemmon

Mt. Lemmon

Mount Lemmon, with a summit elevation of 9,159 feet (2,792m), is the highest point in the Santa Catalina Mountains....

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Saguaro National Parks

Saguaro National Parks

Tucson is home to the nation’s largest cacti. These majestic, giant saguaros, found only in a small portion of the United States, are protected by Saguaro National Park, to the east and west of Tucson....

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Spanish Trail Outfitters

Spanish Trail Outfitters

It doesn’t get much better than horseback riding through the majestic Catalina Foothills!...

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Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon

A nature photographer’s dream, and steeped in history, Sabino Canyon offers an open-air, outdoor motorized tram with a 45-minute narrated tour that gets you up close and personal to this desert oasis. ...

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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory

The world’s largest collection of optical telescopes is located high above the Sonoran Desert under some of the finest night skies in the world....

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Kartchner Caverns

Kartchner Caverns

At Kartchner Caverns, you’ll discover 100-foot high ceilings dripping with multi-hued stalactites and floors jutting up with matching stalagmites. ...

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Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave is one of the oldest established attractions in Arizona. The Cave temperature presently hovers between 70 and 71°F and stays the same year-round. ...

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Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2

Biosphere 2 is the largest man-made, self-sustaining ecosystem ever built....

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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a world-class natural history museum and is one of Tucson’s most beloved treasures....

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Old Tucson Studios

Old Tucson Studios

Just 15 minutes from Tucson at the base of the Tucson Mountains is a preserved slice of Americana—Old Tucson. ...

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Pima Air & Space Museum

Pima Air & Space Museum

Explore over 100 years of aerospace history at the Pima Air & Space Museum. ...

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San Xavier Del Bac Mission

San Xavier Del Bac Mission

Acclaimed as the finest example of mission architecture in the U.S., this historic site is located southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. ...

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Reid Park Zoo

Reid Park Zoo

19 acres of lions, tigers, and bears … oh my! The Reid Park Zoo offers a range of animals for viewing and lots of fun activities. ...

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Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Botanical Gardens

The Tucson Botanical Gardens is a historical oasis in the heart of town. ...

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University of Arizona

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona was Arizona’s first university, and is considered the leading public research university in the American Southwest. ...

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DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun

DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun

This legendary landmark of Southwestern art and architecture was created by Arizona artist Ted DeGrazia....

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Gallery Row

Gallery Row

This complex of nine galleries collectively represents regional and national artists working in all mediums....

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St. Philip’s Plaza

St. Philip’s Plaza

St. Philip’s Plaza delivers Tucson’s finest local boutiques, galleries, and restaurants— many with peaceful outdoor dining options....

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Casas Adobes Plaza & Courtyard

Casas Adobes Plaza & Courtyard

The Casas Adobes Plaza is home to a distinctive mélange of upscale boutiques, beauty salons, and charming restaurants....

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La Encantada Shopping Center

La Encantada Shopping Center

This upscale, two-level, outdoor specialty center brings world-class shopping options to Tucson....

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Plaza Colonial

Plaza Colonial

This historic locale draws on the architecture of Spanish Colonial Mexico, with the main plaza building topped by an Old World-style copper dome....

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