Category: Things to Do

Southern Arizona Spring Blooms Guide

Artist sketches of different types of spring blooms found in Tucson, Arizona

| By Amanda Oien| Illustrations by Lucy Small From late February to April, Tucsonans embrace the few months of bliss—  the season when the mountains turn emerald from the winter rains and snowmelt, when once brittle branches transform into leafy stalks with sunset hues and radiant violets and magentas: Hello, Spring.  Saguaro National Park, Catalina… Read more »

Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress

A group of men reenacting a robbery at Dillinger Days at Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona

“I rob banks for a living. What do you do?” | By Amanda Oien| Photography courtesy of Hotel Congress Tucson might have just rung in the New Year, but we’re already headed back in time. The annual Dillinger Days is back this weekend at the historic Hotel Congress, Jan. 18-19; celebrating the capture of one… Read more »

Which hotel should University of Arizona visitors choose?

Three people walking on a sidewalk on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, Arizona

| By Louie Christensen The University of Arizona is the pride and joy of Tucson—and for good reason. It is a mainstay on countless “Best Colleges” lists, its rafters are filled with National Championship banners from several sports and (fun fact) it’s also where the cult-classic movie Revenge of the Nerds was filmed. There are… Read more »

A Glimpse into the Miracle on Congress Street

Seven Christmas trees decorated in red, gold and silver trim in pop-up bar Miracle on Congress Street in Tucson, Arizona

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style | Photography by Kristen Brockel Ho-ho-hustle your way down to Downtown Tucson’s most festive pop-up bar, Miracle on Congress St., every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from November 29 to December 22.

Tucson Hiking Guide

The hills are alive with cactus, creosote, and mule deer. Go explore. |By Laura Horley Tucson is surrounded by mountain ranges—the Catalinas in the north, the Rincons in the east, the Tucsons in the west, and the Santa Ritas in the south. Each range offers its own special charm and an incredible selection of outdoor… Read more »

The Surprising Sports Town of Tucson, AZ

Discover Tucson athletics beyond the UA Wildcats |By Mish DeCarlo Tucson is the proud home of the University of Arizona—a PAC-12 university known for consistently securing national sporting titles and for feeding athletes into professional leagues. However, sports don’t stop at the edge of campus, because Tucson is also headquarters to both minor-league and professional… Read more »

Ghost Guide

A skeleton crawls along a ledge near a window at Hotel Congress in Downtown Tucson.

La Llorona and the Ghosts Who Haunt Hotel Congress and Fox Theatre | By Amanda Oien| Photography by Kristen Brockel A chill running down your spine, goosebumps dancing on your skin, a tight gasp for air. Is it a chilly October night, or is that an eerie haunt floating in the dark? Don’t Look Back… Read more »

Camp Dad & Mom

Tucson staycation with the 3-year-old for a week of family fun |By Oakley Hall With a week between summer camp and school starting, my husband, Chris, and I worried about how to balance work and childcare. We couldn’t exactly tell kiddo, “Hot dogs are in the fridge, pull some weeds, take a nap at noon,… Read more »

Local Business Spotlight: Volare Helicopters

Get a bird’s eye view of greater Tucson with Volare Helicopter Tours. |By Christian Wlach |Video by Kristen Brockel, Christian Wlach, and Brielle Farmer Tasha and Tyler Sturges opened Volare in September of 2017 as a new way to explore greater Tucson. Tour flights take off from the airport in Marana, AZ. One of the… Read more »

Planes, Helicopters, History and More

Tucson’s Pima Air & Space Museum offers big fun for young and old alike  Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, with more than 360 historic aircraft spread out over 80 acres. Six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII) also feature panoramas with artifacts, photos, and… Read more »