The Best Areas to Stay in Tucson, AZ
The Best Areas to Stay in Tucson, AZ

Where to stay in Tucson – A guide to the “Old Pueblo”

Tucson (also called “the Old Pueblo”) is a city located in Pima County, home to the great University of Arizona and one of the most populous cities in the southern part of the state.

Tucson, in addition to its parks, offers festivals such as the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, the zoo and a trail system called “The Loop”, special for long walks, biking, horseback riding or to get great views of the city.

This city has a warm weather, with sunny days and open skies ideal for recreation. The best time to visit Tucson is from June to September, when the weather is perfect for outdoor activities.

If we talk about food, Tucson was named one of the best gastronomic destinations by UNESCO, thanks to its high-end cuisine, reflected in its dishes with Mexican influence.

Arriving in Tucson is possible through the Arizona International Airport, located to the south, a few miles from the city center.

Like other cities in the United States, Tucson has a bus system to get around the city, as well as tram and light rail.

As for the best areas to stay in Tucson, Downtown stands out because of its central location, for being a business district and home to the historic sites that provide the perfect environment for visitors (See accommodation in Downtown Tucson).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Tucson, Arizona.

The best areas to stay in Tucson, Arizona

1. Our favorite area: Downtown

Downtown Tucson is recommended for travelers who love the history and culture of Arizona.

In the Downtown are the Tucson Music Hall and the Leo Rich Theater, as well as the Houston Convention Center, where concerts, meetings and special events take place.

Downtown is the ideal district for visiting the main attractions and points of interest for tourists.

Due to its location, Downtown also offers a variety of shops, restaurants, and museums such as the Museum of Contemporary Art.

This area is served by some bus lines, the light rail and the tram, to access other districts of the city such as the Main Gate and the University of Arizona.

The Downtown is one of the best areas to stay in Tucson for business travelers since it includes several business-style hotels and cheerful nightlife in bars and restaurants.

Best areas to stay in Tucson - Downtown
Best areas to stay in Tucson – Downtown
Accommodation in Downtown Tucson - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in Downtown Tucson – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Best area for tourists
  • Great for business travelers
  • Best area to stay without a car
  • Tourist attractions
  • Good nightlife
  • Good transport connections

2. Close to the University of Arizona

Close to the University of Arizona, you’ll find a youthful atmosphere, full of college students and young entrepreneurs, several museums and their own science center.

Close to the University of Arizona is the bustling Main Gate Square, with its shops, food venues, restaurants, bars, and breweries.

Main Gate Square, in addition to being an entertainment center in Tucson, has the tram to move to other areas of the city, as well as the Yellow, Green, Red, and Purple Night Cat lines of the bus.

In this area, there are also several light rail stations available along 2nd St.

Other attractive highlights in the area surrounding the UoA are the Steward Observatory that serves the University as a center for astronomical studies, and the Mineral Museum of the UoA.

The area that includes the University of Arizona is recommended when deciding where to stay in Tucson for being one of the busiest areas of the city, thanks to its variety of shops and vibrant community.

Where to stay in Tucson - Close to the University of Arizona
Where to stay in Tucson – Close to the University of Arizona
Accommodation near the University of Arizona - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation near the University of Arizona – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Best area for young travelers
  • Great transport connections
  • University of Arizona

3. North Tucson & Catalina

The north of Tucson includes the districts of Catalina Foothills, Oro Valley, Tortolita and Casa Adobe, located a few minutes from the city center.

This area offers a landscape full of mountains, breathtaking views, galleries, spectacular golf courses, restaurants and brand shops.

Popular attractions for those staying in North Tucson are the Sanino, Bear and Pima canyons.

This area is also home to La Encantada, Tucson’s largest plush shopping center, where trendy stores and exclusive designer firms are located.

History lovers can visit the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun, set in a series of buildings along the desert.

To travel from the north of Tucson to other areas of the city and downtown, several bus lines are available.

The Catalina Foothills district includes luxury accommodations for demanding travelers, and its location away from the hustle and bustle of the city makes it one of the best areas to stay in Tucson.

Where to stay in Tucson, Arizona
North Tucson – Where to stay in Tucson, Arizona
Accommodation in North Tucson - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation in North Tucson – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Peaceful area
  • Natural attractions
  • Resort-type hotels

4. Around Tucson International Airport

The Tucson International Airport area, because of its location and connection to other districts via public transport, is also recommended as one of the best areas to stay in Tucson.

To get to other areas of Tucson from the airport, public transportation is not a problem, as it has several bus stops along the S Park Ave, as well as taxi lines.

Restaurants and venues in the airport area are recommended for those who visit Tucson during a short stay. However, to taste the true gastronomy, the best restaurants are found in other areas of the city.

We recommend staying in the Tucson International Airport area to travelers for leisure or business purposes, because of the good public transport links and cheap hotels available in the area.

Tucson International Airport - Best areas to stay in Tucson
Tucson International Airport – Best areas to stay in Tucson
Accommodation near Tucson International Airport - Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area
Accommodation near Tucson International Airport – Click on the map to see all available accommodation in this area

Why we love this area:

  • Cheap hotels
  • Close to the airport
  • Best area for a layover

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