Gay Travel Tuscon
Tucson is known for its colorful history and culture: Native American, Spanish Colonial, Mexican, and pioneer influences are found in its architecture, cuisine, festivals, and attractions. There are also plenty of lively and trendy places to go for drinks and food where you’ll spot members of the GLBT community soaking up the warm sun and blue skies of this unassuming, almost secret desert dream.
Spanish mission architecture punctuates Tucson; Mission San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori are both delightful day trips. Dining options run the gamut from family-run cantinas that have been in business for half a century (El Charro downtown), to innovative and award-winning chefs Janos at Westin La Paloma and the Hacienda del Sol's own Grille.
In Lost Barrio, a lovely restored warehouse district, modern and antique furniture stores, architectural elements, and home accessories from around the world are an interior designer’s dream. Fourth Avenue is the funky shopping district near the University of Arizona, an area known for high-quality vintage clothing stores.
People are likewise drawn to Arizona for its outdoor adventures and by the spectacular beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Experiencing outdoor life in and around Tucson is as easy as knowing what you like: hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, jeep tours, and hot air ballooning, to name a few. Southern Arizona is also an important center for astronomy, with clear night skies and famous observatories (Kitt Peak and Mount Graham). Renowned attractions include the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum (part zoo, part botanical garden), Old Tucson Studios, Pima Air and Space Museum, and Kartchner Caverns. Also look for hidden gems that include the Tucson Botanical Gardens, historic Fox Theatre, and Center for Creative Photography.
The Gay Scene in Tucson
With this gay travel guide you will be able to learn all about Tuscon’s growing gay scene.
Restaurants in Tucson
Keep your appetite amused with these gay-friendly restaurants.