Tucson is Arizona's second largest city, with a population of 992,394, and it is considered as a melting pot of cultures.
While the Hohokam culture had dominated the area until the 1400s, many others became part of the picture as Spanish missions were established and other cultural groups entered.
Today, the city is at a crossroads, with its Native American, Mexican, European, Old West, and even Asian cultures melding together, sometimes clashing against each other, and sometimes just harmoniously co-existing.
So why not get a bus charter in Tucson, Arizona and have a rich cultural experience in the city?
Tucson, Arizona has a long, colorful and interesting history and cultural influences. It has a very beautiful natural landscape, too. As such, the city has lots of various attractions that both locals and tourists will surely enjoy.
In a place that prides itself of multicultural heritage, you can surely expect plenty of entertainment – in various shapes and sizes.
If you are on the lookout for family fun or for children-friendly venues, you can start with Old Tucson Studios, which is a Wild West town that has served as a location for many Old West movies. There are train rides, stunt shows, horseback rides, saloon performances, a vintage carousel, gunfights, and stagecoach cross-country tours.
When it comes to entertainment and nightlife, the HangArt is the hottest live music venue in the city, featuring musicians from all genres. Club Congress, on the other hand, which is housed in the historic Congress Hotel, is a great place to dance to techno music and live bands. There's also Plush, which features local bands and musicians. There are a lot of other nightlife venues on 4th Ave. and Congress St.
If you love magic, or if you just want to be mesmerized, go to the Carnival of Illusion at the Doubletree Hotel Tucson. The show is the best in Tucson.
Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio regales visitors with its collection of beautiful glass art. You can watch how glass is blown, or buy ready-made pieces from the shop.
The Tucson Museum of Art has an extensive collection of regional contemporary art, including the noteworthy pre-Columbian and Latin American art, housed in a complex of old adobe structures.
You could also visit the De Grazia Gallery in the Sun Historic District, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Center for Creative Photography, Fort Lowell Museum, Old Pascua Museum and Yaqui Cultural Center.
For a little culture, join the All Souls Procession downtown, which happens on the first Sunday of November.
Retail shopping in Tucson is normally concentrated in malls. If you like more of a local flavor, you can go to the city's many plazas, such as:
For more unique items, there is the 4th Ave. Neighborhood where you could find a lot of locally owned boutiques, clothing stores and galleries. Or you could find a bargain at the Foothills Mall.
Artworks from the best artists in the region are on sale in the Catalina Foothills or at downtown galleries.
The best Native American items are on sale at San Xavier Plaza.
Meanwhile, Tucson prides itself as the Mexican food capital of the country. Try out the Sonoran style Mexican fare, as well as the chimichanga, which was invented in Tucson.
The top restaurants in the city are in Downtown and South Tucson.
If you do not like Mexican food, then do not worry as Tucson has other fares as well, including Indian, Middle Eastern, American, Italian, Thai and Ethiopian cuisine.
Some of the best restaurants in town include:
With Tucson's mild climate, every season is just perfect for golfing. The city has a lot of championship level golf courses designed by the greats such as Jack Nicklaus, Tom Fazio, Robert Trent Jones, Jr., and Tom Weiskopf. Check out the Omni Tucson National Resort, the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa, the Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Sewailo Golf Club, Forty Niner Country Club, and Loews Ventana Canyon, among others.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is an active Catholic church and is known for its white simplicity and elegance. It is listed on both the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and U.S. National Historic Landmark lists.
There is also a curious shrine that is dedicated to a sinner. El Tiradito is a well-known spot on South Granada Ave. that actually pays tribute to a young man who was having an affair with his mother-in-law. Their affair was discovered and he was killed. Friends of the young man buried him in that spot where he died and until today, people still leave flowers and candles. Come here after dark.
El Tiradito is part of Barrio Viejo, which is one of the city's oldest neighborhoods. Walk around the wonderful little town where you would find shops, homes and galleries that are housed in historic adobe buildings.
If you want to see a forest of cacti, then you should go to Saguaro National Park. Saguaro is a large cactus that is native here and this is where the park got its name. You could find the lesser long-nosed bat and the Mexican spotted owl here, both of which are endangered species. There are also facilities for hiking here. There is no public transportation that goes to this park, so that's even more reason why you should get a bus charter in Tucson, Arizona.
You should also visit the Sabino Canyon, an awesome desert canyon located in Santa Catalina. You will be riding a tram into nine different stops into the Canyon, where you can also get another tram to the Bear Canyon and the Seven Falls Trail.
Tucson Botanical Gardens gives you a beautiful break from the hustle and bustle of the city, while the Kartchner Caverns State Park is where you will find one of the top ten caves in the world. There's also the Yume Japanese Gardens, which features five different landscapes, and an authentic Japanese garden display. There are also learning events including flower arranging, bonsai cultivation and Japanese dance and music.
Then there's the Tohono Chul Park, a desert preserve that has wonderful gardens and trails where you could enjoy the great Tucson outdoors. Here, you could learn more about the native plants in one of the many botanical exhibits. You could go bird watching here, too. They also have an art gallery, a book store and a gift shop.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on N. Kinney Rd. will be a good place to start with your history-related travels. It has a zoo, a botanical garden and an aquarium. Here, you could take a look at natural history artifacts and art, along with tarantulas, coyotes, black bears, scorpions, and other similar animals. More than just a museum zoo, however, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum gives you a total experience of life in the Sonora desert and its wildlife.
As for the kids, you might want to take them to Rooster Cogburn Ranch where they could feed the animals such as the rainbow lorikeets, ostrich, and deer.
There is also Reid Park Zoo where you can see lions, elephants, grizzly bears, anteaters, giraffes, jaguars, and other critters!
Astronomy buffs can go to Kitt Peak National Observatory, where there are several astronomical telescopes and a large solar telescope. Other sites they could go to are the Pima Air and Space Museum and the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, which is run by the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory.
Tucson also plays host to special events such as the Winterhaven Festival of Lights and the Tucson Gem Show. Speaking of gems, Tucson is also a great place for gem and mineral lovers who could buy gems any time of the year or go on a mining tour or just visit the gem-related exhibits in various museums such as the Gemstone Material Interior, Arizona Historical Society, and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.