Welcome to Fifty Grande’s Best of the U.S. Bucket List series. This is your one-stop travel guide to the best, most unique and quintessential experiences of a city, state or event. Want to know how to “do” Tucson? We’ve got you covered. Curated by experts, vetted by in-the-know locals, this is all you need to have the best trip ever. If we’ve written a Bucket List, we recommend you go. If it’s on this list, it’s the best the city has to offer right now. Consider this your one-stop answer to “What are the best things to do in Tucson?”
The desert gets a bad rap. It’s marked by pop culture images of endless sand, parched wanderers and the end of the figurative road. In reality, it can be a place of unbridled beauty and cultural richness. And if you mix in a big-time university and an artsy undercurrent dedicated to keeping the city “weird” — you have Tucson. This once-small town is now a taco paradise, an adventurer’s delight and a street art canvas, flanked by staggering mountain vistas. A blend of Spanish, Mexican and Native American influences inspire Tucson’s creative spirit and everything from its iconic dishes to its architecture. You’ve stumbled into an oasis, so take full advantage.
Like all of our Fifty Grande Best of the U.S. Bucket Lists, this guide will take you through the very best, most unique and quintessential experiences offered here right now.