Uniquely Tucson

Tucson is home to especially awesome museums, events, and more! The list below is just a small sample of what makes this part of the world unique.

The internationally-attended All Souls Procession organizes over 100,000 participants on the streets of downtown Tucson for a three-mile long, human-powered procession that climaxes in a large-scale performance that includes the burning a large urn filled with the hopes, offerings and wishes for those who have passed. The event, which takes place the first weekend of November, also features installation art, altars, performers, and creatives of all kinds throughout the route.

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo and botanical garden with plants and animals unique to the Sonoran Desert. Also offers unique experiences such as looking at caves and minerals.

Biosphere 2 was built to research and develop self-sustaining space-colonization technology, and is open to the public for tours. Currently, the facility serves as a tool to support research aimed at quantifying some of the consequences of global climate change.

The acclaimed Tucson Gem and Mineral Show™  is held annually on the second full week of February.  It has set the standard for gem and mineral shows around the world, and is now the largest gem show in the United States.

Tucson Rodeo & La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is billed as the world’s longest non-motorized parade. This two-hour spectacle features western-themed floats and buggies, historic horse-drawn coaches, festive Mexican folk dancers, marching bands and outfitted riders. The Tucson Rodeo gives visitors an opportunity to see real-life cowboys and cowgirls display their skills.

Kitt Peak National Observatory is one of the largest national observatories in the world with tours of their telescopes and stargazing, located 56 miles southwest of Tucson.

San Xavier Mission is one of the original Spanish Missions built in the United States.