Things To Do in Tucson

What is today a bustling urban center of nearly a million residents and one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States, Tucson is also the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America, with traces of centuries-old Hohokam communities still visible in petroglyphs throughout the region.

Set in the lush Sonoran Desert only 65 miles from Mexico and surrounded by mountains, forests, monuments, and national parks, this unique environment is famous for mild winters, stunning sunsets, outdoor adventures and a multicultural population that reflects the rich diversity of the Southwest.

With 350 days of sunshine annually, Tucson and surrounding Southern Arizona is an ideal place for hikers, bikers, swimmers, triathletes, tennis players, and golfers. The city is also a thriving hub of economic and commercial activity in the Greater Southwest, home to numerous medical and research centers and a site for high technology industries, from optics to film.

Beyond technology and the great outdoors, Tucson is well known for its rich cultural offerings, including opera, theater, ballet, mariachi festivals, rodeo, the Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the historic San Xavier Mission and world-class museums, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Pima Air and Space Museum, and the Tucson Museum of Art.

Saturday Excursion (optional)

After the conference, on Saturday, September 30th, conference attendee and local expert André De Leon has graciously organized a narrated tour up Mount Lemmon.

  • Venture through eight distinctive biomes in a driving tour that reaches elevations of 11,000 feet
  • Learn about the range’s flora & fauna, geological formations and animal life
  • Take in the breathtaking vistas of southern Arizona and Northern Mexico
  • Have lunch at the sleepy mountaintop hamlet of Summerhaven at the Sawmill Run restaurant (not included in trip price)
  • Enjoy a 90-minute tour of the Mt. Lemmon Sky Center Observatory, with live daytime viewing of celestial objects
  • Total price, including transportation, bottled water and admission to the Sky Center: $50 to $90 depending on total number of participants.

Attendees will be picked up at the conference hotel at 8:30 am and dropped off between 5:30 and 6 pm. Attendees should pack a camera, sun hat, light jacket and hiking boots or sturdy shoes. Trip requires a minimum number of participants - if not enough people register, those who have already paid will be issued a refund. 

Please register by August 15, 2017 by contacting André directly at

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Home to beautiful desert views, a revitalized downtown, and a long, multicultural history, Tucson offers something for everyone.