Tucson Travel Guide

USA  #3 in Best Places to Visit in Arizona
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Free Things To Do in Tucson

Looking for free things to do? Here's our ranking of the best free activities in Tucson. Popular attractions include Mission San Xavier del Bacand University of Arizona Campus.
  • #5
    Things to do in Tucson
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    #5 in Tucson
    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sitting just south of Tucson near the airport, Mission San Xavier del Bac (known as the White Dove of the Desert) is a stunning example of 18th-century architecture. Influenced by Moorish, Byzantine, Renaissance and Mexican architectural styles, this active Roman Catholic Church is worth visiting just for the photo ops, according to travelers. Visitors are invited to tour this National Historic Landmark as an architectural site or sit in on weekly Mass.

    Recent visitors said that this is a must-see when in Tucson and strongly recommended taking a guided tour, offered by Patronato San Xavier, a nonprofit that raises money to preserve and restore the mission. Tours are offered Monday through Saturday; visit Patronato's website for specific tour times. Though reviewers gushed over the mission's beauty, they also warned that the neighborhood is not as nice as other parts of Tucson.

  • #12
    University of Arizona Campus
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    #12 in Tucson
    Museums, Sightseeing, Sports, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Museums, Sightseeing, Sports, Free
    TYPE
    2 hours to Half Day
    TIME TO SPEND

    This sprawling campus in central Tucson boasts several notable attractions. History and culture buffs appreciate the Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona Museum of Art while shoppers enjoy perusing the numerous vintage and budget-friendly shops near campus. If you're visiting during the fall, head over to the Arizona Stadium to watch the Wildcats take on notable Pac-12 football rivals, while basketball fans can watch the school's team play at the McKale Center come winter and spring.

    The University of Arizona campus also makes a great place to simply enjoy the nice weather. Some travelers suggest you visit when classes are in session because the grounds are peaceful and the palm trees and fountains on campus add to the warm-weather ambiance. And don't forget to stop by the university bookstore to pick up some Wildcat gear before you leave.

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