Tucson Vacations & Travel Packages!
A city and the county seat of the Pima County in the US state of Arizona, Tucson is located around 174 kilometers southeast of Phoenix. This city is called the "City of Sunshine" and it lies in the wide valley of the Santa River. Tucson is flanked by imposing high hills. The city boasts many cultural and natural attractions. It is also an excellent city from where visitors on Tucson vacation can explore some of the nearby smaller towns. Directly south of this city is located the little community of Tubac, which is an artist colony boasting interesting shops offering art and trinkets. Weather-wise, the best times to visit Tucson are the winter and spring seasons i.e. November to April. Being the peak season in terms of tourism, these months receive maximum tourist footfall. This season includes the rainy season which begins from mid-December and continues till mid-February. If visiting the city during peak tourist season, one must book Tucson travel package in advance in order to avoid paying extra.
Places of Interest in Tucson
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Offering visitors with a detailed look at the desert’s arid landscape, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a natural history museum, a zoo, and a botanical garden all in one place. This museum puts on show the displays of living plants and animals native to the Sonoran Desert including some rare species such as the thick-billed parrot, margay, Mexican wolf, ocelot, desert pupfish, bonytail chub, jagaurundi, Gila topminnow, Sonora chub, and razorback sucker. In this museum, there are more than 40,000 plants representing 1,200 flora species as well as a mineral, gem, and fossil collection.
Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park, part of Sonoran Desert, extends to the east and west of Tucson. This area features rich flora and fauna flourishing in spite of the sweltering heat. Visitors in the park can witness the candelabra cactuses, the tallest cactus species in entire North America. There are several bird species here like cactus wren and Gila woodpecker living on the cactuses, desert tortoises, rattlesnakes, and the Gila monster. One can also scale the hiking trails of different lengths.
Tucson Mountain Park
Tucson Mountain Park, home to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Old Tucson Movie Studios, is spanned in an area of around 20,000 acres featuring extensive trails for biking, hiking, and horseback riding. Throngs of visitors come here to simply enjoy picnicking and relish the sunset views. The park houses various wildlife species such as bobcats, mountains lions, and more.