There are many more great places to eat and things to do, but here is a short list of our Favorites!

Local Food & Drink

The Garage Eatery & Pub: Delicious gastro pub style restaurant serving grilled sausage sandwiches, burgers, tacos and more. Offering 14 local and regional craft brews served up on tap.

Dragoon Brewing Company: Microbrewery with an on-site tasting room serving its craft beers, plus a food truck option.

Maynards: Historic venue with a takeaway counter, a gourmet shop & a bar & eatery with seasonal American fare.

Cafe Poca Cosa: Stylish option offering a Mexican menu that's updated twice daily, including a popular sampler dish.

Downtown Kitchen + Cocktails: Bustling spot for eclectic global fare & creative cocktails

La Cocina: Beautiful courtyard restaurant that boasts al fresco dining, a rustic Cantina, and live music.


Mission San Xavier del Bac: One of the country’s finest examples of Spanish mission architecture, newly-restored San Xavier del Bac was founded in the 1700’s and endures as museum and active church parish. (20 minute drive)

Old Tucson Studios: World famous western film location and Western theme park with a steam engine, stagecoach, saloon shows, gold-panning, and daily staged gunfights.  You will love driving through the beautiful mountains full of cactus & hundreds of desert plants. (20 minute drive)

Reid Park Zoo: One of the finest small zoos in the country with nearly 500 exotic animals; many on the endangered species list involved in captive breeding programs. (10 minute drive)

Sabino Canyon: A true desert oasis with abundant wildlife and some of the area’s most spectacular views. Hike the canyon by foot or by narrated shuttle, by day or moonlight. (30 minute drive)

Saguaro National Park East and West: The Sonoran Desert is the only place in the world where the giant saguaro cactus grows. The two locations of the Saguaro National Park have the largest concentration of these cactus. (25 minute drive)

Pima Air & Space Museum The Pima Air & Space Museum is the largest air and space museum in the western United States. View more than 160 aircraft representing the history of American aviation and space travel.

University of Arizona Biosophere 2 Center: World renowned experiment in creating a closed eco-system. This famous under-glass environment that was one of the most important and exciting projects of the 1990’s. Biosphere 2 offers daily tours of its three-acre, closed system ecology project that features rain forest, ocean, savanna, desert, and marsh ecosystems. (45 minute drive)

Kitt Peak National Observatory: Home to the world’s greatest concentration of telescopes for stellar, solar and planetary research. (1 hour drive)

Nogales, Sonora: A festive Mexican marketplace featuring homemade crafts and goods. (1 hour drive) is not affiliated with UA Off Campus LLC or the University of Arizona
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