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.

Location2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson AZ 85743
HoursMarch-September: 7:30-5:00
October-February: 8:30-5:00
FeeGeneral 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)
WebsiteArizona-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.

Location140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
HoursThu-Sun: 10:00-5:00
FeeAdults: $12
Seniors ages 65+: $10
College students, Youth ages 13-17: $7
Children 12 and under, Veterans, Active military: free (As of 2020)
WebsiteTucson 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.

LocationThe University of Arizona, 1013 E University Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85721
HoursMon-Sat: 10:00-5:00
FeeAdults(+18): $8
Seniors(65+): $6 (As of 2020)
WebsiteArizona 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.

Location949 E 2nd St, Tucson, AZ 85719
HoursMon-Sat: 10:00-5:00
FeeAdults(+18): $10
Seniors(65+): $8
Students (14+) with ID: $8
Youth (7-13): $5
Children 6 and younger: Free (As of 2020)
WebsiteArizona 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.

LocationRincon Mountain District (EAST): 3693 S. Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, Arizona 85730
Tucson Mountain District (WEST): 2700 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona 85743
FeeVehicle Weekly Pass: $25
Individual Weekly Pass: $15
Motorcycle Weekly Pass: $20
Annual Pass: $45 (As of 2020)
WebsiteSaguaro 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!

Location11570 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85737
FeePer vehicle (1-4 Adults): $7
Individual/bicycle: $3 (As of 2020)
WebsiteCatalina 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.

LocationSabino Canyon Crawler (tickets & customer service): 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd. Tucson, AZ 85750
FeeDay pass: $8
Week pass: $10
Annual pass: $40 (As of 2020)
WebsiteSabino 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.

LocationTubac Presidio State Historic Park: 1 Burruel St, Tubac, AZ 85646
Distance from Tucson45 miles
40-50 minute drive
WebsiteTubac 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.

LocationBisbee Visitor Center: 478 Dart Road. Bisbee, AZ 85603
Distance from Tucson95 miles
1 hour 40-minute drive
WebsiteDiscover 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.

LocationTombstone Chamber of Commerce: 109 S 4th Street, Tombstone AZ 85638
Distance from Tucson72 miles
1 hour 10-minute drive
WebsiteTombstone 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!

LocationSedona Visitor Information Center: 331 Forest Road. Sedona, AZ 86336
Distance from Tucson229 miles
3 hour 30-minute drive
WebsiteSedona 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.

LocationGrand Canyon Visitor Center: S Entrance Rd, Grand Canyon Village, AZ 86023
Distance from Tucson342 miles
5 hour 10-minute drive
FeeVehicle Permit: $35
Motorcycle Permit: $30 (As of 2020)
WebsiteGrand 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.

LocationAntelope Canyon Tours: 22 South Lake Powell Boulevard. Page, AZ 86040
Distance from Tucson387 miles
6-hour drive
FeeAdult: $54
Child (Ages 0-7): $44
There is an additional $8 Navajo Park Fee for those aged 8 & older (As of 2020)
WebsiteAntelope Canyon