We know that sometimes the best parts of your vacation are often spent taking in the local attractions. With so many to choose from right here in Tucson—or a short drive away—it’s hard to focus on one in particular. So don’t. See it all. Or as much as you can while hanging onto that feeling of relaxation. And be sure to take advantage of the naturally beautiful landscape around the resort, including the half-mile Window Walk Nature Trail. Van Morrison sang about it being a marvelous night for a moon dance. Around here, you can gaze at the moon and stars every night with our professional telescope. However you choose to spend your days here, good times, great stories and lots of photos are sure to be had. Our concierge has true insights into all the best things to see and do in the area. We’re happy to make recommendations and provide additional information about any of the Tucson attractions below.
For thrilling Tucson activities just minutes from the resort, explore an intricate trail system with adventures for all skill levels. Take a trip up to Seven Falls and enjoy the waterfalls or hike the Phoneline trail and enjoy its breathtaking views of the city below. Trails range from 0.8 miles to 10.1 miles. Loews Ventana Canyon offers complimentary shuttle transportation three times per day to Sabino Canyon.
Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum
This desert museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden all in one place. Meet the locals—the animals native to the Sonoran Desert, including mountain lions, Gila monsters and prairie dogs—and marvel at the prickly beauty of our cacti. Also ask about the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Mineral Display.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Designated America’s Best Secret Garden by Reader’s Digest, Tucson Botanical Gardens is a 5½-acre collection of 17 specialty gardens tucked into the heart of the city. Keep cool and learn a thing or two as you stroll through the gardens along intimate paths at this historic Tucson property.
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter
Picture lush green "sky islands" with evergreens that float above the desert landscapes below. They’re just 45 minutes from the resort; guests can drive—or, if they’re up for the challenge, cycle—up the 25-mile steep Catalina Highway and arrive at over 9,000 feet in elevation, where they'll be awed by the breathtaking views from Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter. Leave time to take a tour of the center’s large-scale research telescope, or stop for a piece of pie at the famous Mt. Lemmon Café in Summerhaven. Be sure to ride the ski lift up to Ski Valley, whether the ground is covered in snow or blooming with grasses and wildflowers.
The Biosphere 2 has a unique history, one that led it to its current mission to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and life-long learning about Earth, its living systems, and its place in the universe. The facility is made of 7.2 million cubic feet of sealed glass, has 6,500 windows and sits on a 40-acre campus.
Tucson Museum of Art
The Tucson museum was established in 1924 and now encompasses an entire city block of downtown Tucson, comprising five historic properties. The museum focuses on original and traveling exhibitions featuring Art of the American West, Art of Latin America, as well as Modern and Contemporary art.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
This Sun Historic District gallery showcases the legendary art and architecture by acclaimed artist Ted DeGrazia. It hosts permanent and rotating exhibitions, a gift shop, and a small mission named Mission in the Sun, on its 10-acre foothills site.
University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography
Located in the Fine Arts complex in the northwest corner of the University of Arizona campus, The Center for Creative Photography holds more archives and individual works by 20th-century North American photographers than any other museum in the nation. These holdings include a research collection featuring the archives of over 50 photographers–Ansel Adams, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, W. Eugene Smith, and Edward Weston among them.
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