David Lader Discusses the Top 5 Tucson Tourist Attractions

Tucson is a great city with many wonderful things to do.  When visiting a new place, however, it can be a challenge to figure out which attractions are most worthy of your time.  Fortunately, Tucson offers a wide variety of activities, sights, and interesting places to visit.  In this article, David Lader discusses the main Tucson tourist attractions you’ll want to experience if you’re visiting for the first time.


1) 4th Avenue

If night life is your thing, Tucson’s downtown culture is where you’ll want to be, and 4th Avenue is a must.  With wide sidewalks and unique shops, studios, restaurants, and pubs lining both sides of the avenue, there’s always something interesting to see.  You’ll be surrounded by virtually every age group, from college kids blowing off steam after class at the U of A, to adults enjoying a drink at one of the many bars, and even older folks out for a night of fun.  It’s definitely a must-see.

2) A-Mountain


One look at A-Mountain and you’ll know where the name comes from.  Visible from many parts of the city, Tucson’s A-Mountain shows off our U of A pride with a huge whitewashed “A” standing tall on the side of the hill.  A short drive to the top offers a sweeping view of the city, which is dazzling at night when the city’s lights are all on display.


3) Biosphere 2


A short drive of about 30 minutes north of Tucson brings you to a self-contained grouping of ecosystems which was opened in 1991 as an experiment to test self-contained habitats.  The facility recreates a rain forest, a desert, a marsh, an ocean, and more.  It is world-famous for the experiment that was conducted there, and it’s a truly great experience to walk through the compound.


4) San Xavier Del Bac Mission


San Xavier Mission is the oldest Catholic Church in the United States that is still serving its community.  It was built in 1692, and the current structure was built out of materials native to the area in the late 1700’s.  It is a stunning example of architecture and culture with beautiful and inspiring artwork covering nearly every inch of it.


5) Sabino Canyon

If you’re a nature-lover, Tucson will be a haven for you.  There are many natural parks, forests, and recreational trails in and around the Tucson area.  Sabino Canyon is set in the Coronado National Forest and features numerous hiking and biking trails.  Cars are not allowed, so you won’t have to worry about the intruding sounds of automobiles.  Check it out and enjoy the beauty of nature.



No single article could touch on every bit of culture that Tucson has to offer.  There are so many things to do and experiences awaiting you here, so it’s really best to come and investigate it all for yourself.


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