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Tucson's Urban Core

Free yourself to discover Tucson's Urban Core -- the heart of the city -- that includes the off-beat and quirky galleries and shops along 4th Avenue, the energizing vibe of Main Gate Square adjacent to the University of Arizona campus, and the unassuming, unpretentious dining and nightlife of Downtown Tucson that beckons you to come as you are.

A haven for the free thinkers and the free at heart, Tucson's urban core is thriving like never before. Dozens of locally owned shops, bars, and restaurants have infused life into previously vacant buildings and empty spaces along the SunLink Tucson Streetcar route -- a four-mile line that connects dining, entertainment, and shopping options at the University of Arizona, Main Gate Square, 4th Avenue, Downtown Tucson, and Mercado San Agustin.

History blends seamlessly with the modern, vintage, and contemporary intertwine to make Tucson's Urban Core a place that's comfortable and authentic -- a place where you want to be.

Downtown Resources

Learn more about the evolution of Tucson's Downtown from the Downtown Tucson Partnership, and take a peek at the award-winning website,


Downtown Parking

Downtown Tucson has more than 15,000 parking spaces. Visit the ParkWise website for a complete list of parking areas in downtown.

Sunlink Modern Streetcar

The City of Tucson has completed construction on its first electric railway streetcar route. The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar will connect major activity centers in central Tucson -- the University of Arizona, 4th Avenue, Main Gate Square, Downtown Tucson and the Mercado San Agustin -- along a four-mile route featuring 18 stops adorned with public art and LED poetry panels. Currently in its testing phase, the streetcar is scheduled to be ready for passengers in summer 2014. 


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My family explores Reid Park and the Tucson Pops Summer "Music Under the Stars."
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Tips on keeping your knobby tires rolling during Tucson's summer season.

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Laurie and her husband, Don, spend a weekend experiencing the Apache Spirit Ranch near Tombstone, Arizona.
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An avid cyclist decides to try running for the first time, and signs up for the quarter-marathon Arizona Distance Classic.
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Joe Laing describes a fun and exciting 3-day itinerary around Tucson and Southern Arizona.
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I enjoy a fantastic meal and some savory cocktails when I attend a birthday party dinner celebration at Janos Wilder's Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails.
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Tucson residents Jared and Patrice Ross describe their easy experience with traveling from Los Angeles to Tucson via Amtrak train.
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A Tucson couple take in the sights and sounds of the Fourth Avenue Street Fair near downtown Tucson.
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Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor Bureau staff, along with some friends, participate in Tucson Clean and Beautiful program.
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A few staff members of the Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau take a day trip to enjoy the Sunglow Ranch.