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A trip to Tucson can only mean one thing—you’ve been bitten by the travel bug. Welcome to the club. Hotwire is full of spur-of-the-moment voyagers seeking to appease the wanderlust beetle. Traveling to The Old Pueblo is a great way to do it. From Rattlesnake Bridge to the Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, Tucson is a hotbed of eccentric attractions, begging to be explored. This type of offbeat adventuring hasn’t exactly made the “Best in Tucson” list. It’s best done in a car rental built for city wide, off-the-beaten-path travel excursions. With a reliable travel ride and a full list of bizarro outings, your Tucson trip is set to be a bona fide delight.
Under the Tucson Sun
Fun in the Tuc-Sun: If no matter where you go, you can’t get enough of the great outdoors, you’ll enjoy exploring miles of the old western Sonoran Desert at Colossal Cave Mountain Park by foot, bike, or horseback. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can take the three-hour Wild Cave Tour for some physically strenuous, down-and-dirty cave exploration.
Speaking of exploration—what’s a trip to Old Pueblo without a visit to the world’s largest military aircraft boneyard? The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG) is the only aircraft cemetery open to the public and locals say, it’s worth seeing.
If you’re lucky enough to visit Tucson on the first or third Sunday of your travel month, you’ll be able visit George Phar Legler’s Valley of the Moon, a magical storybook land kept alive by vibrant theatrical performances and enchanted adventures. For more far-flung outings under the sun, visit the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, Bowen Stone House Ruins, or the Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch in nearby Picacho.
Underground Attractions: It can’t get much stranger than The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Featuring over 500 dollhouses, roomboxesroom boxes, and exhibitions, the museum showcases the antique and contemporary art of miniatures.
If you’ve ever watched old timey country westerns like Little House on the Prairie and El Dorado, you’ll love visiting Old Tucson Studios of Columbia Pictures. Built in 1939, the studio served as a filming location for movies like Arizona, Three Amigos, and John Wayne’s Rio Lobo. At old Tucson Studios, you’ll be able to drive an antique car, embark on a mining excursion, experience a western trail ride on horseback, and more.
The A-Z of Arizona Eats: Barrio Bread is a neighborhood bakery dedicated to baking its self-proclaimed high quality “ARTisan” bread. Stop in for a hearty breakfast bite of crunchy cranberry walnut or gooey jalapeño-cheddar bread.
Whether you’re stopping by El Charro Café for its burro chimichangas and fajitas del charro or its sopapillas and apple mini chimis a’la mode, you’ll appreciate its Southwestern hospitality—dating back a hundred years.
Located just twenty minutes southwest of downtown Tucson, the Tohono O’odham Swapmeet features dozens of family-owned food stalls. While you’re there, shop around for a few antique souvenirs.
Under the Tucson Moon: Hop in a droptop convertible and hit the city pavement for some late-night cruising. Main Gate Square is your one-stop spot to shop, eat, and play. Discover live music, karaoke, escape rooms, comedy, and bars.
Tucson’s nightlife doesn’t end there…or anywhere until 2 a.m. If nighttime is the right time for your crew, head downtown around Congress Street to find entertainment like Cobra Arcade Bar, which serves up hip cocktails and craft beer among vintage arcade games. For more afterhours adventures, Fourth Avenue District holds its own. You can find intimate lounges, dance clubs and DJs, dive-y college bars, and guaranteed good times.
Frequently Asked Questions About Tucson, Arizona
How to get last-minute hotel deals in Tucson?
Hotwire features some of the most competitive hotel prices in town. When visiting a city as eclectic as The Old Pueblo, it’s only right to book equally unique accommodations. If you’re pressed for time and really want to stretch your cash, book a Hotwire Hot Rate to score a cheap Tucson hotel deal for as low as . You won’t know the exact hotel until you book, but you’ll know you’re scoring a 4-star hotel for a steal. You can even save more when you book last-minute.
Who has the cheapest car rental rates in Tucson, AZ?
Hotwire offers some of the most competitive prices on last-minute car rentals in Tucson, saving you up to 60% off with Hotwire Hot Rates. You can score a car rental deal for as low as $30 and pocket the leftover cash for checking off must-dos on your Tucson itinerary.
What car types can I rent in Tucson?
When it comes to renting a car suitable for city-wide rolling, you’ll need a serious set of wheels built for the task. Maybe you’re travelling in a group—opt for an SUV with extra leg room. Touring alone? Book a smaller sedan. Want to explore the city in style? Live it up in a luxury car. Whatever your preference, Hotwire’s got you. If you’re the spontaneous type, leave your rental up to chance with a Hotwire Hot Rate and save up to 60% off your travel chariot.
What car rental companies are in the Tucson, Arizona Airport?
Enterprise, Budget Car Rental, Alamo, and Hertz are all located inside Tucson’s airport. Sure, having rental car companies located inside the airport is great for accessibility, but when it comes to convenience and affordability, booking a cheap Tucson Airport car rental with Hotwire is the way to go. Hotwire features a large selection of car rentals from the airport’s onsite rental car companies.
Is it safe to travel to Tucson now?
With recent COVID-19 closures and reopenings, many people are wondering, “Is it safe to travel to Tucson right now?” When it’s time to book your getaway, be sure to check out the most up-to-date information on all safety measures, any restrictions, and guidance on traveling during the coronavirus pandemic.
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