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What you should know about Downtown Tucson

Downtown Tucson is located in the heart of the Arizona desert, though there’s nothing desolate about this place—the streets are brimming with cafes, museums, theaters, and life. There’s also a wealth of history to uncover. Downtown Tucson is the longest inhabited location in the United States, with Spanish conquistadores, Mexican and U.S. armies, and ancient Native American tribes all setting foot in this location. And once you land downtown, discover their legacy in a modern and thriving atmosphere.

Hotels in Downtown Tucson

With a range of 2- and 3-star hotels in Downtown Tucson in a variety of locations, there’s something here to suit all travelers. Rent a room at the Hotel Congress for a true piece of Tucson history—famous bank robber John Dillinger once stayed here. This early 20th-century hotel is packed with charm, and even includes an original “taproom” and a gallery. Or try the Tucson Marriott University Park hotel, and enjoy authentic regional dishes in its Southwestern restaurant. Also, if you’re looking for great-value Downtown Tucson hotel deals, you’ll find several budget hotels to the south such as the no-frills Howard Johnson Inn.

Things to see in Downtown Tucson

Start your adventure by catching a show at the recently renovated Fox Theater. Its unique Art Deco interior, with boldly styled hanging lights and colorful borders, really does stand out from the crowd. Afterwards, take a journey through time with a visit to the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson. A faithful and fascinating reconstruction of the 18th-century presidio founded by Spanish soldiers, discover how it changed hands over the centuries—from Spain, to Mexico, to the U.S.—and relive the lives of the original settlers through re-enactments held every second Saturday. If you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love the Children’s Museum Tucson. With plenty of fun and interactive exhibits like the bodyology room with giant body parts and the investigation station where you can play with physics, it’s a fantastic place for educational family fun. Finally, visit the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, with a beautifully restored 1900 locomotive you can step inside.

Great for families

Take the kids to Downtown Tucson and unveil the Arizonian city’s diverse past together. You have a wide selection of family-friendly Downtown Tucson hotels to choose from, as well as an appetizing range of restaurants, providing authentic Spanish, American, and Mexican food. Enjoy the museums as a family, or leave the kids to explore the Children’s Museum while you gaze at captivating art at one of the nearby galleries. Solo travelers will also love the culture and history on offer, as well as the budget hotels in Downtown Tucson which leave plenty of money left over for discovering the district.

How to get to Downtown Tucson

Tucson International Airport is located to the south of the city, serving airports across the United States and beyond. From here, it only takes about 15 minutes to travel to Downtown Tucson. You can also travel in by train from other southern U.S. states along the Sunset Limited Amtrak line, although it only runs three days per week. Public transport is available across Downtown Tucson, with several bus lines running through the district, past the university, and also toward the south. The Sun Link Tucson Streetcar also runs throughout the day, connecting Downtown, the university, Fourth Avenue, Main Gate Square, and the Mercado District.