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Travel Tips to Tucson (TUS)
Flights to Tucson: The university city with international flair
With about 500,000 inhabitants, Tucson is Arizona’s second largest city. The name (Chuk Shon) was given to the city by the Native American tribe Tohono O’odham, who originally lived in the area. It means “at the foot of the black mountain”. Tucson lies amidst mountain ranges, which reach up to almost 10,000 feet high. With a height of 2,800 feet, the Sentinel Peak rises right behind the city. As a student town, Tucson has an active nightlife with a large variety of bars, which often feature live music. Most of them are within walking distance of the university, in 4th Avenue and Congress Street. Countless interesting tours can be taken to experience the desert and its giant cacti.
Open-air museum in the desert
Outside of Tucson lies the so-called Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which is about 8 hectares in size. It encompasses an abundance of unusual plants and a large zoo. The rich animal world, featuring beavers, coyotes, otters, snakes, nimble hummingbirds and colourful butterflies, is enjoyable to observe. The employees are known for their friendliness, and are happy to share their knowledge with visitors of the park. Because the temperatures are usually very high, a visit in the early hours of the morning is recommended. That’s also when the animals are most active.
Film studios in Tucson: Stunt shows and western shoots
A completely different attraction is the Old Tucson Studios in the Sonoran Desert. Countless movies were shot there, notably the old western “Arizona” in 1939. During the film’s shooting, Tucson city was rebuilt to look like the 1860s. A large amount of the clay brick houses are still there and were even extended. The atmospheric backdrop was a location for many popular movies over the years, like “Rio Bravo” with John Wayne. The famous show “Little House on the Prairie”, which was a popular broadcast for years and is still shown on television today, was also shot here between 1977 and 1983.
Discover the world of stars in the National Observatory
Even though the Kitt Peak National Observatory is about 37 miles outside of Tucson, it is still worth visiting. The world’s largest solar telescope and various other giant telescopes are located on the summit of the 6,800-foot-high mountain, Kitt Peak. Even people who are not interested in astronomy will be thrilled to take part in one of the tours. There are three different tours each day, including one at night. You should dress for cold weather for the latter. No matter how warm it is during the day, the Sonoran Desert is freezing cold at night. Book your flight to Tucson with FlyDoha and discover the stars!