Surrounded by the unique and diverse ecosystem that is the Sonoran Desert, Tucson prides itself on its cultural heritage, varied artistic communities, climate and being unpretentious.
Visit Tucson, and its Mexico marketing division, Vamos a Tucson (click on the logos to link to their websites), has information about hiking, cycling or climbing in the natural beauty of the four mountain ranges surrounding Tucson, staying at world-class resorts and spas, taking a bite of the cuisine that made Tucson the first U.S. city to be designated by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World City of Gastronomy or eating your way along the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food north of the border.
Administrative Office: 115 N. Church Avenue, Suite 200, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 1-800-638-8350 or (520) 624-1817
Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center
The Southern Arizona Heritage and Visitor Center is temporarily closed during the COVID-19 emergency. Tentative plans are to reopen in September.
115 N. Church Ave., in the Historic Pima County Courthouse downtown. It’s about 9 miles northwest of Tucson International Airport. Google directions
The Visitor Center has exhibits, a theater, gallery and other features designed to introduce you to new places and provide inspiration to guide your journey around the Sonoran Desert and Sky Islands. There is also a gift shop.
Exhibits include seven storytelling portals focusing on:
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Closed New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center website
Mileage to Lodging
As a guide, these are approximate mileage estimates from Tucson International Airport to selected lodging locations. (Click on name to go lodging’s website.) Go here to see a map of lodging near the airport (click on Airport Area Lodging in the key of the map).