Tucson is a vibrant city in the heart of the Sonoran desert with a rich cultural heritage and stunning natural beauty. The Old Pueblo combines the charm and serenity of nature with the spirit of a lively city full of art, culture, and history. For those looking to immerse themselves in the wild and breathtaking beauty of the desert, the Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Saguaro National Park, scenic trip up Mount Lemmon, and dozens of gorgeous hiking trails are a short drive away.
A convenient streetcar runs between 4th Avenue, and the Mercado District, a trio of interconnected areas that form the heart of Tucson and which boast a vibrant nightlife, with popular Tucson bars and clubs such as the historic Club Congress, Owl’s Club, Tough Luck Club, Independent Distillery, and Agustin Kitchen. Tucson also has a wide array of local breweries like Pueblo Vida, Borderlands, Tap and Bottle, Iron John’s, and Crooked Tooth for anyone looking for a place to continue philosophy chats over a beer.
The Lost Barrio and 4th Avenue have tons of cute, funky businesses for daytime shopping, and the Tucson Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, and Arizona State Museum offer impressive and diverse exhibits for art and history buffs. Finally, the Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the most renowned aviation museums in the world, with an enormous collection of 350 aircrafts.
Tucson is a city full of hidden gems, tucked away among the murals, street art, and saguaros, and the graduate students of Arizona’s philosophy department will happily serve as your tour guides of this wild and magical city.