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Jason’s Tucson guidebook

Jason

Jason’s Tucson guidebook

Sightseeing
Tohono Chul-Desert Discovery Education Center
7211 North Northern Avenue
El Presidio Historic District
John Dillinger was caught here.
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Hotel Congress
311 Congress Street
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John Dillinger was caught here.
Killer view of downtown Tucson from rooftop terrace. A local favorite.
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Playground Bar and Lounge
278 East Congress Street
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Killer view of downtown Tucson from rooftop terrace. A local favorite.
Unique desert botanical garden and tea house cafe. Has the highest concentration of night bloomming desert cacti in N America.
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Tohono Chul
7366 North Paseo Del Norte
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Unique desert botanical garden and tea house cafe. Has the highest concentration of night bloomming desert cacti in N America.
Beautiful hiking 15 minutes away.
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Catalina State Park
11570 North Oracle Road
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Beautiful hiking 15 minutes away.
Hiking 10 minutes away.
Pima Canyon Trail
Hiking 10 minutes away.
Tram tour or hike 30 minutes away.
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Sabino Canyon
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Tram tour or hike 30 minutes away.
Mountain rides and sking.
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Mount Lemmon
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Mountain rides and sking.
Biosphere research center
Biosphere Road
Biosphere research center
Astronomers love this place.
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Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium
1601 East University Boulevard
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Astronomers love this place.
Free telescope set up most weeks.
Starizona
5757 N Oracle Rd
Free telescope set up most weeks.
Close to desert museum.
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Saguaro National Park West
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Close to desert museum.
The place to go sightseeing in Tucson.
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
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The place to go sightseeing in Tucson.
Many westerns filmed here.
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Old Tucson
201 S Kinney Rd
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Many westerns filmed here.
Great day trip near Tombstone.
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Bisbee
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Great day trip near Tombstone.
Best living cave tour in the world.
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Kartchner Caverns State Park
2980 Arizona 90
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Best living cave tour in the world.
OK Corrall is up yonder and cool tour.
The Bird Cage Theatre
535 E Allen St
OK Corrall is up yonder and cool tour.
Great observatory that has public tours with stellar views!
Kitt Peak
Great observatory that has public tours with stellar views!
4 to 5 hours away, bucket list.
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Grand Canyon
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4 to 5 hours away, bucket list.
On the way to Grand Canyon, Airport mesa has amazing sunset views.
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Sedona
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On the way to Grand Canyon, Airport mesa has amazing sunset views.
Old mining town with good antiques.
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Jerome
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Old mining town with good antiques.
Great artisan shopping
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Tubac
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Great artisan shopping
One of the many Spanish Missions that connected the trail to San Xavier.
Tumacacori-Carmen
One of the many Spanish Missions that connected the trail to San Xavier.
Historic Spanish Mission from early colonialism.
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Mission San Xavier del Bac
1950 West San Xavier Road
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Historic Spanish Mission from early colonialism.
2hrs away and on the way to Flagstaff.
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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Montezuma Castle Road
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2hrs away and on the way to Flagstaff.
Shopping and art.
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Downtown Scottsdale
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Shopping and art.
Cofounder Ansel Adams left his collection to this world reknown photo museum.
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Center for Creative Photography
1030 North Olive Road
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Cofounder Ansel Adams left his collection to this world reknown photo museum.
Great for kids
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The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures
4455 East Camp Lowell Drive
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Great for kids
Great stop for kids.
Children's Museum Oro Valley
11015 N Oracle Rd
Great stop for kids.
Quick hikes nearby.
Honey Bee Canyon
Quick hikes nearby.
Cold war target. Combo tickets available with the Pima Air Museum.
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Titan Missile Museum
1580 W Duval Mine Rd
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Cold war target. Combo tickets available with the Pima Air Museum.
SR71 Blackbird, AirForceOne, B52... truly amazing collection currated by former airmen that flew them. Don't miss the airplane graveyard bus tour.
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Pima Air & Space Museum
6000 East Valencia Road
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SR71 Blackbird, AirForceOne, B52... truly amazing collection currated by former airmen that flew them. Don't miss the airplane graveyard bus tour.
Wyatt Earp killed Stillwell here after the OK Corral.
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum
414 N Toole Ave
Wyatt Earp killed Stillwell here after the OK Corral.
Famous local artist lives on.
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DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
6300 North Swan Road
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Famous local artist lives on.
Historic Southwestern Mayan Grand Theater fully restored. Free cartoons on Saturday mornings and shows/movies on the weekends.
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Fox Tucson Theatre
17 West Congress Street
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Historic Southwestern Mayan Grand Theater fully restored. Free cartoons on Saturday mornings and shows/movies on the weekends.
Farmers market and crafts most weekends
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St Phillips Plaza
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Farmers market and crafts most weekends
The films Can't Buy Me Love and Revenge of the Nerds both had scenes filmed here.
Tucson High Magnet School
400 North 2nd Avenue
The films Can't Buy Me Love and Revenge of the Nerds both had scenes filmed here.
Food scene
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Foothills Mall
7401 North la Cholla Boulevard
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Mariscos Chihuahua Mexican Seafood Restaurant Tucson Best Mexican Tucson Authentic Ceviche
1009 North Grande Avenue
Mosaic Cafe Dos
7350 North la Cholla Boulevard
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Cafe Poca Cosa
110 East Pennington Street
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Mexico City style cuisine.
La Parrilla Suiza
2720 N Oracle Rd
Mexico City style cuisine.
Claims to be inventor of the chimichanga. Closest location, orginial one is downtown. Carne seca is local specialty.
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El Charro Café
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Claims to be inventor of the chimichanga. Closest location, orginial one is downtown. Carne seca is local specialty.
President Clinton ate here. Hard to get a seat but worth the wait.
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Mi Nidito
1813 South 4th Avenue
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President Clinton ate here. Hard to get a seat but worth the wait.
One of the best Sonoran hotdogs in Tucson.
BK Carne Asada & Hot Dogs 12th Ave
5118 S 12th Ave
One of the best Sonoran hotdogs in Tucson.
Tacos and Sonoran hot dogs.
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El Güero Canelo Restaurant
2480 North Oracle Road
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Tacos and Sonoran hot dogs.
Papachangas and yaqui tacos are best in town.
Aqui Con El Nene Restaurant
65 W Valencia Rd
Papachangas and yaqui tacos are best in town.
High end and Thursday night music in the bar.
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Sullivan's Steakhouse
1785 East River Road
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High end and Thursday night music in the bar.
Oldest Itailian in Tucson
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Caruso's
434 North 4th Avenue
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Oldest Itailian in Tucson
James Beard award winning chef Janos Wilder returns to downtown Tucson with his signature southwest continental cuisine.
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DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails
135 South 6th Avenue
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James Beard award winning chef Janos Wilder returns to downtown Tucson with his signature southwest continental cuisine.
Old world style Itailian cuisine. Incredible Fra Diavolo and spicy calimarri creama. Amazing aperatif and wine list.
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Piazza Gavi
5415 N Kolb Rd
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Old world style Itailian cuisine. Incredible Fra Diavolo and spicy calimarri creama. Amazing aperatif and wine list.
Staple mexican food on 4th Ave
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La Indita
622 North 4th Avenue
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Staple mexican food on 4th Ave
Solar powered pizza and garlic knotts. Can get pizza delivered at sister SkyBar next door.
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Brooklyn Pizza Company
534 North 4th Avenue
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Solar powered pizza and garlic knotts. Can get pizza delivered at sister SkyBar next door.
Multiple locations for authentic Italian gelato. Ina and Oracle is cloest location to the house.
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Frost Gelato
7301 East Tanque Verde Road
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Multiple locations for authentic Italian gelato. Ina and Oracle is cloest location to the house.
Orginal Fox restaurant that founded the chain.
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North Italia
2995 East Skyline Drive
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Orginal Fox restaurant that founded the chain.
Orginal Tucson steakhouse near the mountains.
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Li'l Abner's Steakhouse
8500 North Silverbell Road
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Orginal Tucson steakhouse near the mountains.
Best mesquite grilled prime rib West o' the Pecos.
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El Corral
2201 East River Road
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Best mesquite grilled prime rib West o' the Pecos.
Mutiple locations. Orange Grove and Oracle location will deliver.
Magpies Gourmet Pizza
105 South Houghton Road
Mutiple locations. Orange Grove and Oracle location will deliver.
Multiple locations. Magee and Oracle location will deliver. 24 inch family size is the biggest in town.
Mama's Famous Pizza & Heroes
4500 E Speedway Blvd
Multiple locations. Magee and Oracle location will deliver. 24 inch family size is the biggest in town.
Italian nearby. Upscale.
Bottega Michelangelo
420 W Magee Rd
Italian nearby. Upscale.
Local sub chain known for frozen fruit drinks.
eegee's
7110 N Thornydale Rd
Local sub chain known for frozen fruit drinks.
Local organic eatery.
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Blue Willow Restaurant & Gift Shop
2616 North Campbell Avenue
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Local organic eatery.
French restaurant
3844 E Fort Lowell Rd
3844 East Fort Lowell Road
French restaurant
French cafe and bakery
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Ghini's French Caffe
1803 East Prince Road
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French cafe and bakery
Eclectic eats.
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Maynards Market & Kitchen
400 North Toole Avenue
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Eclectic eats.
Dynamic menu changes daily. Foodies adore this place.
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Feast
3719 East Speedway Boulevard
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Dynamic menu changes daily. Foodies adore this place.
Quick service Greek nearby.
Pappoule's
Quick service Greek nearby.
Authentic Chicago fare. Informal.
Luke's Chicago Sandwiches
6741 N Thornydale Rd
Authentic Chicago fare. Informal.
Soup and sandwich combos with happy hour deink specials daily.
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Bison Witches
326 North 4th Avenue
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Soup and sandwich combos with happy hour deink specials daily.
New fusion place in landmark spot opened by local veteran restaurateur.
El Chinito Gordo
2920 N Oracle Rd
New fusion place in landmark spot opened by local veteran restaurateur.
Great for breakfast.
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The B Line
621 North 4th Avenue
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Great for breakfast.
Greasy spoon staple. Flying saucer pancakes are a usual sighting.
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Bobo's Restaurant
2938 East Grant Road
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Greasy spoon staple. Flying saucer pancakes are a usual sighting.
Small place, fresh sushi.
Sushi On Oracle
6449 North Oracle Road
Small place, fresh sushi.
Where Japanese people in Tucson go to eat when they don't cook at home.
Ginza Sushi & Izakaya
5425 N Kolb Rd
Where Japanese people in Tucson go to eat when they don't cook at home.
Bento boxes.
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Yoshimatsu Japanese Eatery
2741 North Campbell Avenue
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Bento boxes.
Greasy fried shrimp, steak, chicken, and gizzards. Fast food.
Lucky Wishbone
4701 E Broadway Blvd
Greasy fried shrimp, steak, chicken, and gizzards. Fast food.
Local staple known for its chilidogs in Barrio Hollywood.
Pat's Chili Dogs
1202 W Niagara St
Local staple known for its chilidogs in Barrio Hollywood.
Fast food local spot with tamales, tortillas, mini chimis to go.
St Mary's Mexican Food
1030 W St Mary’s Rd
Fast food local spot with tamales, tortillas, mini chimis to go.
Fresh ramen
Ikkyu
2040 West Orange Grove Road
Fresh ramen
Boba and thai tea fast.
Bing's Boba Tea
2510 North Campbell Avenue
Boba and thai tea fast.
Neighborhoods
Unique vibe brings back history of Tucson in the 18th century
El Presidio Historic District
Unique vibe brings back history of Tucson in the 18th century
Local brews
Use local ingredients. The Saison is made with Agave Nectar.
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Dragoon Brewing Company
1859 West Grant Road
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Use local ingredients. The Saison is made with Agave Nectar.
Nice outdoor patio.
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Ermanos Craft Beer & Wine Bar
220 North 4th Avenue
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Nice outdoor patio.
One if the best new local brews.
1912 Brewing Company
One if the best new local brews.
In the warehouse district east of downtown.
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Barrio Brewing Co
800 East 16th Street
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In the warehouse district east of downtown.
One of Tucson's top 5 local breweries.
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Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
115 East Broadway Boulevard
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One of Tucson's top 5 local breweries.
Great place to sample microbrews both local and visiting. Growler fill ups. 2nd location at Oracle and Ina near the house.
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Tap & Bottle - Downtown
403 North 6th Avenue
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Great place to sample microbrews both local and visiting. Growler fill ups. 2nd location at Oracle and Ina near the house.
On the town
Proper pub with outdoor patio.
The Shanty
401 East 9th Street
Proper pub with outdoor patio.
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Hotel Congress
311 Congress Street
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One of the top ten tiki bars worldwide according to Critiki.com.
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Kon Tiki Restaurant & Lounge
4625 E Broadway Blvd
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One of the top ten tiki bars worldwide according to Critiki.com.
Upscale shopping and dining
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La Encantada
2905 East Skyline Drive
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Upscale shopping and dining
Cajun gastropub. Dutch well water is one of their signature drinks made from their inhouse marinated spirits.
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The Parish
6453 North Oracle Road
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Cajun gastropub. Dutch well water is one of their signature drinks made from their inhouse marinated spirits.
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Trail Dust Town
6541 East Tanque Verde Road
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Nostaglic Cold War throwback modelled after a swanky fallout shelter.
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The Shelter Cocktail Lounge
4155 East Grant Road
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Nostaglic Cold War throwback modelled after a swanky fallout shelter.
Best bar food in town. Founded by retired Navy Seals.
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Trident Grill
2033 East Speedway Boulevard
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Best bar food in town. Founded by retired Navy Seals.
Biker bar featured in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man film.
Bashful Bandit
3686 E Speedway Blvd
Biker bar featured in Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man film.
Sea container hotspot with many food and drink.
The Boxyard
238 North 4th Avenue
Sea container hotspot with many food and drink.
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Old Town Artisans | Downtown Tucson Shops
201 North Court Avenue
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Preimier american glassblowing studio. Founded seminal glass school in the Venetian milano tradition.
Philabaum Glass Gallery
711 South 6th Avenue
Preimier american glassblowing studio. Founded seminal glass school in the Venetian milano tradition.
Pinball hall with 30 machines.
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D&D Pinball
331 East 7th Street
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Pinball hall with 30 machines.
New arcade bar for the gamer in all of us.
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Cobra Arcade Bar Tucson
63 E Congress St
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New arcade bar for the gamer in all of us.
Great for people watching
Frog & Firkin
874 East University Boulevard
Great for people watching
Unique upcycled crafts and currios.
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Pop Cycle
422 North 4th Avenue
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Unique upcycled crafts and currios.
High end art and photography dealer. Orginial Ansel Adams prints. Great art openings.
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Etherton Gallery
135 South 6th Avenue
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High end art and photography dealer. Orginial Ansel Adams prints. Great art openings.
Legit native American jewelry dealer.
Mac's Indian Jewelry
2400 East Grant Road
Legit native American jewelry dealer.
Concert venu.
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Rialto Theatre
318 East Congress Street
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Concert venu.
Giant Maori Head was salvaged from the defunct Magic Carpet Golf across town at the fin de siecle. Live music, fish bowls, and a Quonsut hut.
Hut
305 N 4th Ave
Giant Maori Head was salvaged from the defunct Magic Carpet Golf across town at the fin de siecle. Live music, fish bowls, and a Quonsut hut.
New watering hole nearby popular with the locals
Whiskey Roads
2265 West Ina Road
New watering hole nearby popular with the locals