Tucson Gem Show

Interesting places to visit

During the Tucson Gem Show, you should go to some interesting places in Tucson.

We have some recommended places for you.


Here are wonderful museums in Tucson. There are Art, Nature, Historic museums.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum consists of the zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden, all in one place. You can see some of the wildlife such as coyotes, mountain lions, rattlesnakes. You can learn many things related to wildlife at there.

Location 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743
Hours March-September: 7:30-5:00
October-February: 8:30-5:00
Contact 520-883-2702
Fee General Admission (ages 13-64): $21.95
Senior (ages 65+): $19.95
Youth (ages 3-12): $9.95
Children (under 3): Free
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Members: Free (As of 2020)
Website Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Museum of Art is the best place to see historic arts, contemporary arts, great collections. It located in the Presidio District of downtown Tucson. Be careful, they are only open Thursday to Sunday.

Location 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Hours Thu-Sun: 10:00-5:00
Contact 520-624-2333
Fee Adults: $12
Seniors ages 65+: $10
College students, Youth ages 13-17: $7
Children 12 and under, Veterans, Active military: free (As of 2020)
Website Tucson Museum of Art

Arizona State Museum

Arizona State Museum
Arizona State Museum is located on the University of Arizona campus. You also can visit the Arizona History Museum. It takes 3 minutes on foot from this museum.

Location The University of Arizona, 1013 E University Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85721
Hours Mon-Sat: 10:00-5:00
Contact 520-621-6302
Fee Adults(+18): $8
Seniors(65+): $6 (As of 2020)
Website Arizona State Museum

Arizona History Museum

Arizona History Museum
If you want to visit the Arizona State Museum, you can access by foot from the Arizona History Museum. Both museum are located very close.

Location 949 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
Hours Mon-Sat: 10:00-5:00
Contact 520-628-5774
Fee Adults(+18): $10
Seniors(65+): $8
Students (14+) with ID: $8
Youth (7-13): $5
Children 6 and younger: Free (As of 2020)
Website Arizona History Museum

National/State Park

There are great national parks in Tucson. You can feel real western nature.

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park is an American national park in Tucson. The 92,000-acre (37,000 ha) park consists of two separate areas, Rincon Mountain District (East) and Tucson Mountain District (West). We recommend that East because you can drive through in the park, and you can see beautiful cactus.

Location Rincon Mountain District (EAST): 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, Arizona 85730
Tucson Mountain District (WEST): 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743
Hours 9:00-5:00
Contact 520-733-5153
Fee Vehicle Weekly Pass: $25
Individual Weekly Pass: $15
Motorcycle Weekly Pass: $20
Annual Pass: $45 (As of 2020)
Website Saguaro National Park

Catalina State Park

Catalina State Park
Catalina State Park is a good place for taking a break in nature. You can enjoy camping, RVs, and trails. January and February are the best seasons for trails. You take 20-30 minutes from the downtown area. Please do not forget to bring water and sunscreen!

Location 11570 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737
Hours 5:00-10:00
Contact 520-628-5798
Fee Per vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7
Individual/bicycle: $3 (As of 2020)
Website Catalina State Park

Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon
Sabino Canyon is a significant canyon located in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. You can enjoy trails or open-air shuttle bus.

Location Sabino Canyon Crawler (tickets & customer service): 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Tucson, AZ 85750
Hours 9:00-4:00
Contact 520-792-2953
Fee Day pass: $8
Week pass: $10
Annual pass: $40 (As of 2020)
Website Sabino Canyon

Other Parts of Arizona

If you have a car, you should go to other beatuiful places of Arizona. Here are some recommended places.


Tubac is a very historic and unique place in Arizona. Tubac established in 1752 as a Spanish Presidio, and it has since transformed into the premier destination in Southern Arizona for culture, history, and art. You can find many souvenir shops, restaurants, and galleries.

Location Tubac Presidio State Historic Park: 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646
Hours 9:00-5:00
Contact 520-398-2252
Distance from Tucson 45 miles
40-50 minute drive
Website Tubac Chamber of Commerce


If you are interested in turquoise, you have to visit Bisbee because the town is well-known as Bisbee turquoise mine. The Copper Queen Mine is the best place to know mining history. Bisbee is a well-known artist’s community whose architectural and historic heritage has been preserved.

Location Bisbee Visitor Center: 478 Dart Road. Bisbee, AZ 85603
Hours 9:00-5:00
Contact 520-432-3554
Distance from Tucson 95 miles
1 hour 40-minute drive
Website Discover Bisbee


Tombstone is a historic city in Cochise County, Arizona. You can enjoy the old west atmosphere and historic buildings. There are many souvenir shops, coffee shops, and restaurants in the town. We recommend that watching the show of gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Location Tombstone Chamber of Commerce: 109 S 4th Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Hours 9:00-5:00
Contact 520-457-9317
Distance from Tucson 72 miles
1 hour 10-minute drive
Website Tombstone Chamber of Commerce


If you have a day off when visiting the Tucson Gem Show, you should go to Sedona for relaxing and charge energy. Sedona is one of the famous spiritual places in the world. We recommend that you should do a photoshoot of your minerals or gemstones around the Sedona Redrock monuments. Sedona is the best place for a photoshoot!

Location Sedona Visitor Information Center: 331 Forest Road. Sedona, AZ 86336
Hours 8:30-5:00
Contact 928-282-7722
Distance from Tucson 229 miles
3 hour 30-minute drive
Website Sedona Visitor Information Center

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is the symbol of Arizona. There are two main visiting spots such as the North Rim and the South Rim. The South Rim is popular and easy to visit. During the Tucson Gem Show (January to February), around the Grand Canyon, sometimes snow will be covered the road. If you want to visit there, should check the weather information in advance.

Location Grand Canyon Visitor Center: S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Hours 8:00-6:00
Contact 928-638-7888
Distance from Tucson 342 miles
5 hour 10-minute drive
Fee Vehicle Permit: $35
Motorcycle Permit: $30 (As of 2020)
Website Grand Canyon National Park

Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon also symbolistic place in Arizona. You can experience astonishing nature and Native American’s story. We highly recommend that you should book the tour before 1-2 months you visit.

Location Antelope Canyon Tours: 22 South Lake Powell Boulevard. Page, AZ 86040
Hours 7:00-3:30
Contact 855-574-9102
Distance from Tucson 387 miles
6-hour drive
Fee Adult: $54
Child (Ages 0-7): $44
There is an additional $8 Navajo Park Fee for those aged 8 & older (As of 2020)
Website Antelope Canyon