Since its origins as a Spanish occupation in the 18th century, Tucson has long been a cultural and historical hub. Throughout its years as a territory and later a city when Arizona became a state in 1912, the Old Pueblo has seen the birth of Spanish missions, historic landmarks, and unique destinations. Tucson is a city full of must-see monuments for history buffs of all ages.
Founded by a Spanish Catholic mission in 1692, construction of the white dove of the desert was completed in 1797. The church is the oldest European structure in Arizona, and features authentic, 18th-century artwork and architecture. The site is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Commonly known as “A” Mountain for its large letter in support of the UA Wildcats, Sentinel Peak is an ideal spot to enjoy views of the city and surrounding mountain ranges. Pack a lunch or grill up some tasty treats at the picnic area nearby and soak up the Tucson sunshine.
Built in 1929, the courthouse is well-known for its mosaic dome and Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture. As one of the most recognizable structures in the city, it earned its place on the National Register of Historical Places in 1978. The courthouse is still in use for judicial purposes today, but will no longer be an official court in 2017.
The historic hotel was established in 1919, and served as a major center of activity throughout its lifetime. A fire in 1934 led to the capture of infamous gangster John Dillinger. Today, the hotel celebrates his capture during Dillinger Days, hosts concerts and events at Club Congress, and serves as a cultural icon in downtown Tucson.
The filming location for over 300 movies and TV shows, Old Tucson is the quintessential Wild West environment. Enjoy historic tours, Old West shows, and dramatic live-action stunts. History and film buffs of all ages will love to soak in over 70 years of western experiences.