Best Times to Visit Tucson
The best times to visit Tucson are from April to May and from September to October. These shoulder seasons offer pleasant weather and reasonable room rates. Winter's sunny skies and comfortable temperatures attract thousands of northerners in need of a thaw. And the summer months offer spectacular hotel discounts, but temperatures often hover in the triple digits, making outdoor activities insufferable.
Weather in Tucson
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Winter marks the onset of Tucson’s tourist season, with visitors fleeing their snowy homes in search of some much-needed heat. Temperatures range from around 40 to 75 degrees, and it hardly ever rains. Hotel rates peak during the winter though, especially during the prestigious Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February. If you are visiting during the colder months, make sure to book at least a month in advance to ensure availability.
Spring marks a sweet spot in Tucson tourism. The snowbirds have flown the coop and the triple-digit temperatures have yet to arrive. Average highs range from the low 80s to the low 90s, and reasonable hotel deals are available. If you plan to visit in May, try to avoid University of Arizona’s commencement weekend, when hotel rooms may be scarce.
There's only one word to describe Tucson summers: hot. Temperatures tiptoe around 100 degrees, making it difficult to spend much time outdoors. However, this is the time to experience the city on a budget. Hotel rates drop by about 60 percent during the summer.
Tucson prepares for tourist season with average temperatures in the 80s and 90s. But those of you who beat the winter crowds will find a few lingering summer room rates, particularly if you visit in September. Although these months see a bit more rain than the spring, you'll find most days are bright, sunny and perfect for hiking.
Popular Times to Visit Tucson
Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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