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The Other Side of Summer

Turn your Summer from average to awesome with a stay in Tucson




Summer Is Chill in Tucson

We all know summer in the Sonoran Desert is hot… but there’s another side. You know how it feels when the sun goes down and the lights come on at night? That’s the feeling we’re after. It’s a frosty paleta enjoyed in the shade, or an icy drink in your hand by the pool. It’s hiking through the pines on a mountain retreat, or exploring a cool, dark cave. It’s your favorite song from an artist that isn’t their big hit, or an unexpectedly delicious bite from a food truck you’ve never tried before.

It’s The Other Side of Summer... in Tucson.



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Resorts & Spas

Hilton El Conquistador at Dusk

Leave your cares behind at our everything-at-your-fingertips resorts and spas. Bond with family on a lazy river or winding waterslide, then refresh with prickly-pear margaritas and Sonoran-style shaved ices. Or reward yourselves with botanical treatments and wellness adventures at our two different celebrity-endorsed destination spas.

Hotels, B&Bs, Ranches

Hotel McCoy

From the best national brands to unique historical charmers, Tucson hotels, bed-and-breakfasts, and guest ranches offer out-of-the-ordinary city escapes. Take a respite and check out the sights, entertainment, and culinary wonders in midtown Tucson and beyond. 

Family-friendly Attractions

Colossal Cave Wild Cave Tour

Find exciting and educational stops all over town. From the scientific to the artistic, Tucson has a long list of must-see family-friendly attractions with plenty of options to keep the gang saying "cool". 

Culinary Cool

Tamales at El Charro

Whet your appetite for summer sustenance with cool cocktails and creative craft brews from Tucson's eclectic mix of bars and restaurants. When the weather heats up, these mixology maestros know how to keep it chill. Explore our luscious food and drink choices. 

Outdoor Adventure

Mountain Biking Mount Lemmon

For recreation outdoors, some folks run for the hills when summer hits. The higher altitudes (Say what? 9,159’ Mt. Lemmon elevation!) just outside city limits offer some of the coolest summer activities. But stick around for Tucson’s fifth season (mid-to-late summer, a favorite of bird-watchers) to see epic thunderstorms turn the desert lowlands fifty shades of green.

Summer Deals

Kids Jumping in the Pool at Double Tree Hotel

Summer stays are on sale when the heat is on, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, in Tucson. You'll find first-rate accommodations for a bargain and cool deals at outstanding restaurants, bars, and attractions. Take a look at these summer deals from Visit Tucson partner businesses.

Jun 21

Friday Night Live Summer Jazz Series: Butch Diggs June 21, 2019

Smooth Jazz saxophonist/flutist/keyboardist Butch Diggs has worked... Read More

Jul 03

July 4th: FC Tucson vs. Toronto FC II July 3, 2019

Watch FC Tucson square off with heated rival Toronto FC II at Kino... Read More

Jul 06

Sweet Corn Extravaganza July 6, 2019 - July 28, 2019

At Apple Annie's produce farm, discover sweet corn picked at the peak... Read More

Jul 27

10th Annual Garlic Festival July 27, 2019 - July 28, 2019

The Triangle T Ranch in beautiful Texas Canyon have hosted this... Read More

Jul 31

Southwest Wings Birding and Nature Festival July 31, 2019 - August 3, 2019

Self-guided and guided tours, field trips, guided trips, exhibits,... Read More

Aug 07

Southeast Arizona Birding Festival August 7, 2019 - August 11, 2019

The spectacular biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert and the Sky Island... Read More

Aug 08

Spacefest X August 8, 2019 - August 11, 2019

Engage with NASA Apollo, Gemini, and shuttle astronauts, space... Read More

Aug 30

HoCo Fest August 30, 2019 - September 1, 2019

On Labor Day weekend, the historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson... Read More

Sep 01

Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge September 1, 2019

Cocktail craft and culinary creativity are taken to a new level on... Read More

Summer 2019 Events

Cork and Vine

Cork & Vine Southern Arizona winemakers receive international acclaim. Discover why at tasting rooms and wine shops throughout the Sonoita and Willcox wine regions—all within... Read More

Ten Great Tucson Sonoran Hot D…

Yes, the Sonoran hot dog probably came from Sonora - Hermosillo, more likely than not, but most of the history of a bacon-wrapped hot dog... Read More