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Tucson Resources

Tucsontopia LogoIncludes a weekly newsletter for events in the Tucson area, mostly with a family or faith-based focus

Downtown Tucson

Downtown Attractions

Childen's Museum Logo

Jewish Museum
Jewish History Museum

Tucson Convention Center

La Placita Cinema
Now at the Museum of Art

AZ Historical Society
  Includes downtown museum on Stone, across from Main Library
  Includes Sosa-Carillo-Fremont House

Pima County Library
Main Library

Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art

Tucson Museum of Art

AZ Theatre Company
(at the Temple of Music and Art)

Presidio Reconstruction

Fox Theatre

Old Pueblo Trolley

Locomotive 1673
Southern AZ Transportation Museum

Downtown Tucson Events

2nd Saturdays
Second Saturday of the month

Tucson Gem and Mineral Show
Second week of February

Tucson Meet Yourself
In the fall (October)

Tucson Jazz Festival

Dillinger Days
Late January

La Fiesta de San Agustin
Patron Saint of Tucson
Downtown; Late August

Dia De Los Muertos
Around Halloween (surprise!)

Tucson Modernism Week
Celebrating Tucson's extensive Modernist legacy
Lectures, tours, merchandise; October

Tucson Film Fest
And... another October event

Tucson Comic-Con
Early November

Downtown Shops

Chicago Store
Johnny Gibson's Downtown Market

Old Town Artisans
The Perfect Pantry

Downtown Restaurants

Places We've Been

Alejandro's Cafe
Augustin Kitchen
in the Mercado
on Pennington
Barrio Brewing Company
Caffe Milano
Cafe 54
Cafe Poca Cosa
Cafe a la C'Art
in the Art Museum
El Charro
the Original (and best)
El Charro Steak
Kin to El Charro Cafe
Cushing Street Restaurant
Diablo Burger
(the Tubac landmark expands)
Empire Pizza
The Hub
La Cocina
at Old Town Artisans
Janos' Downtown Kitchen
Jimmy John's
on Congress
The Little One
Maynard's Market
MiAn Sushi and Asian
El Minuto
next to El Tiradito "shrine"
Pie Bird
Reilly Pizza
47 Scott
Street Taco and Beer Co.
on Congress

Places We've Yet To Try

Bernardo's Taco Shop
Bruegger's Bagels
on Congress
Cafe Desta
at 5 Points
Casa Vicente
The Cup Cafe
Fired Pie
5 Points Market
Hi Fi Kitchen
Iguana Cafe
210 E. Congress
Insomnia Cookies
Obon Sushi and Ramen
Los Olivos Pizzeria
near the Mercado
On A Roll Sushi
Raptor Canyon Cafe
Senae Thai Bistro
Shot in the Dark Cafe
Thunder Canyon Brewery
Urban Pita
Urban Fresh

Maker Communities

  • Xerocraft, which appears to be oriented to heavier stuff, as they offer classes in welding, lathe, milling, and that sort of thing.

    Xerocraft is at the corner of 6th Street and 9th Avenue, right where the railroad crosses 6th. Very nice location, very appropriate for heavy machinery, in the Warehouse District. Much more appropriate than the kooky art galleries that occupy other former warehouses in the area.
  • Startup Tucson (formerly "Gangplank", then "Colab"), which is really a entrepreneur encouraging, enabling, and equipping place more than a maker space. Startup is at 607 N 6th Ave.

Other Downtown Goodies

Greater Tucson



UA Flandrau

Old Tucson


Golf & Stuff
Golf & Stuff

Trail Dust Town

Pima Air and Space Museum

Titan Missile Museum

Tucson Botanical Garden

San Xavier
Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mini-Time Machine

Colossal Cave

Valley of the Moon

DiGrazia Art
DiGrazia Studio

IWM Lion
International Wildlife Museum

Reid Park Zoo

Tohono Chul Park


Eegees Logo
- Landmark slushes

Lucky Wishbone logo
Lucky Wishbone
- Steak Fingers

Other Tucson Specialties

Gus Balone's - Great Pie!
Robert's Restaurant - Great Pie!
Omar's Kitchen at Triple T Truckstop - Deep-dish apple pie with too much ice cream


Pinnacle Peak at Traildust Town
  Don't forget your necktie!
El Corral - Prime Rib
Daisy Mae's Steakhouse
Li'l Abner's Steakhouse - old Butterfield Stage stop
Silver Saddle - Dark, Smokey, Quaint


Opa! - Greek
Fromino's - Family-owned Greek


Guillermo's LL - South Tucson on Fourth
Crossroads - South Tucson on Fourth
Mi Nidito - South Tucson on Fourth
Club 21 - Traditional Tucson
Cinco de Mayo - Son of Guillermo's
La Parilla Suiza - Mexico City cuisine
Cafe Poca Cosa - Tucson's Five-Star Mexico City place, and the loud lunchtime "sister" place, The Little One


Mama Louisa's - Our family Italian place


Lotus Garden - Our family Chinese place
Szechuan Omei - Classic Tucson
Old Peking - Former family Chinese place

The Tucson Originals

Tucson OriginalsAn association of unique-to-Tucson restaurants. They have deals, put on events, and generally celebrate the unique-to-Tucson gastronomic scene.

Places We've Been

Agustin Kitchen
Barrio Brewing Company
Bisbee Breakfast Club
Brother John's
Cafe 54
Dutch Eatery & Refuge
Eclectic Cafe
Guadalajara Fiesta Grill
Le Rendez-vous
Lotus Garden
Mama Louisa's
Mama's Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue
Monkey Burger
Pastiche Modern Eatery
Oink Cafe
Risky Business
Rocco's Little Chicago
Tanque Verde Ranch
Trident Grill
Vero Amore Restaurants

Places We've Yet To Try

Casino Del Sol Restaurants
Cielos at Lodge on the Desert
Claire's Cafe
Dante's Fire
Fiamme Pizza
Ghini's French Caffe
Gourmet Girls Gluten Free
Kingfisher Bar & Grill
Monsoons Tap & Grill
Noble Hops
Stillhouse Grill and Bar
Urban Pita

Unfortunately, it seems that it costs to be in the Tucson Originals "club", and restaurants will drop out of it occasionally. Here are some places that used to be Originals, aren't anymore, but we've been to and liked them:

Delectables Restaurant
Janos' Downtown Kitchen

La Cocina at Old Town Artisan
Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant
Maynards Market & Kitchen


Pima County Fair
Mid April
DMAFB Air Show
March in even-numbered years
Tucson Festival of Books

Fire Fighters' Chili Cookoff
Late October, early November
Cyclovia Tucson
Family fun bicycle rally. May and November.
Greek Festival


Tucson Mall
Park Place
El Con
Foothills Mall
Twin Peaks Outlet Mall
St. Philip's Plaza
La Encantada

Campbell Avenue
Main Gate Square
at the U of A
Fourth Avenue
Sunshine Mile
(The shops along Broadway between Country Club and Campbell)
Lost Barrio
Mostly furniture and home decorations

Ministries and Charities

4Tucson logo
Mobilize Christians to serve the city
TMA logo
Tucson Ministry Alliance
: Teamwork among the parachurch ministries
FLR logo
And also The Intentional Life

Gospel Rescue Mission logo
Serving the homeless and lost in Tucson
Teen Challenge logo
An actually effective addiction solution
Hands of Hope logo
Hands of Hope
Crisis Pregnancy Center
Good News Comm logo
Family of radio stations

Arizona Attractions

Arizona Resources

Arizona Guide

AZ Tourist News Online Magazine

Arizona Tourism, pretty good but promotional

The Arizona Experience: The web page for Zonies - includes a series of interactive maps

The Arizona State Library, lots of useful resources

Arizona Centennial website

National Parks and Monuments

Super link to Arizona National Parks

Places We've Been

Saguaro Nat'l Monument
Coronado Nat'l Monument
Chiricahua Nat'l Monument
Montezuma Castle
Montezuma Well
Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'l Monument
Glen Canyon Nat'l Rec Area
Sunset Crater
Casa Grande (actually in Coolidge)
Canyon de Chelly
Lake Mead Nat'l Rec Area
Petrified Forest
Walnut Canyon Nat'l Monument

Places We've Yet To See

Fort Bowie
Hubbell Trading Post
Navajo Nat'l Monument
Hohokam Pima Nat'l Monument
Rainbow Natural Bridge
Tonto Nat'l Monument
Pipe Spring Nat'l Monument
Coronado Nat'l Monument

State Parks

Arizona State Parks Site

Places We've Been

Tombstone Courthouse
Catalina State Park
Dead Horse Ranch
Slide Rock
Yuma Territorial Prison
Yuma Quartermaster Depot
Lake Havasu
Lyman Lake
Riordan Mansion
Kartchner Caverns
Patagonia Lake
Tubac Presidio

Places We've Yet To See

Picacho Peak
Roper Lake
San Rafael Ranch
Sonoita Creek
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Fool Hollow Lake
Lost Dutchman
Tonto Natural Bridge
Fort Verde
Verde River Greenway
Alamo Lake
Buckskin Mountain
Cattail Cove
River Island

Rail Travel

Living Railroads

Grand Canyon Railway
Verde Valley Railroad
  Sunset Limited, LA to New Orleans
  Texas Eagle, LA to Chicago

Hopeful ones:

Tucson Modern Trolley
Phoenix METRO Rail

And some small ones:

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale
Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad
  At Goldfield Ghost Town

And some great model railroad clubs

Paradise and Pacific Railroad
Gadsden and Pacific Division
Tucson Garden Railway Society

Advocacy site: Arizona Rail Passenger Association

Other Arizona Cities


Downtown Phoenix
Arizona State Fair
  October to November
Castles and Coasters
Heard Museum
Mill Avenue in Tempe
Heritage Square
Cerreta's - Arizona's Chocolatier
Sweeties - Arizona's Largest Candy Store
Diamondbacks Baseball
Cardinals Football
Arizona Mills Mall
Scottsdale Malls
Wrigley Mansion
Taliesin West
Pioneer Living History Village
Commemorative Air Force
  aka the Confederate Air Force
AZ Railway Museum
Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Phoenix Festival of the Arts
Actors Theatre of Phoenix
Broadway Phoenix/Tempe
Arizona Science Center

Green Valley

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center


Graham County Tourism

Globe / Miami

Globe Chamber of commerce


Artsy/Craftsy Emporium of Southern Arizona


Lowell Observatory
Arizona Snow Bowl
  Lift operates during summer
Meteor Crater


Williams Tourism


Ski Valley
  Lift operates during summer
Sky Center, UofA Steward Observatory on Mt. Lemmon

Lake Havasu City

London Bridge

Camp Verde

Out Of Africa


OK Corral


Yuma Tourism
Territorial Prison
Quartermaster Depot


Feral Burros
Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk
  July 4


Chapel of the Holy Cross
Red Rock State Park
Oak Creek Canyon


Prescott Tourism
Old Governor's Mansion
Whiskey Row

Apache Junction

Renaissance Festival


Biosphere II


Gadsden Hotel
Slaughter Ranch


Bisbee Tourism
Copper Queen Hotel
Queen Mine Tour

Cordes Junction


Ghost Towns

Goldfield - touristified
Cochise County ghost towns
Pretty good guide
Multi-state index

Route 66

Arizona towns on the route
Another very good resource
Fun Run
The Passport Program

Arizona Counties

Arizona Counties

County Fairs

Fairs We've Been To

 Tucson : Apr 20-30
 Flagstaff : Sep 1-4
Santa Cruz
 Sonoita : Sep 15-17

Fairs We've Yet To Attend

 Douglas : Sep 22-25
 Yuma : Apr 4-9
La Paz
 Parker : Mar 9-12
 Casa Grande : Mar 22-26
 Phoenix : Apr 12-16
 Globe : Sep 22-25
 Duncan : Sep 15-18
 Safford : Oct 6-9
 Saint Johns : Sep 6-9
 Holbrook : Sep 14-18
 Chino Valley : Sep 7-10
 Kingman : Sep 15-18