Tucson is one of the oldest continually inhabited communities in the nation. With awe-inspiring natural wonders, a rich multicultural history and an array of arts and shopping opportunities, visitors to the city can’t stay long enough to explore it all. Whether your interest is archeology, astronomy, Western history, missions, Native American artistry, photography or shopping in Mexico, you’ll find plenty to do – and it’s all easy to visit from Westward Look Resort.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 N. Kinney Rd.
World renowned, the Desert Museum is a combination zoo / aquarium / botanical garden /natural history museum, offering a thorough examination of Sonoran Desert habitats. Located 22 miles southwest of the resort. Opening hours change according to season.
Old Tucson Studio
210 S. Kinney Rd.
Travel 22 miles west of Tucson Mountain Park Road and journey back 100 years into the Old West. The town of Old Tucson, originally built by Columbia Pictures, has been used in over 60 motion pictures. There are stagecoaches, pony and train rides, shops, restaurants and daily gun fights. Located 30 minutes southwest of the resort.
Saguaro National Park
Tel: East - 520-733-5153 / West - 520-733-5158
The saguaro cactus is unique to the Sonoran desert, and its bloom is the state flower. The monument, with its many acres of scenic beauty, is administered by the National Park Service and can be enjoyed at two locations east and west of town. The park is divided into two districts, East and West. The Rincon Mountain District is located to the East of Tucson and the Tucson Mountain District is located to the West of Tucson.
San Xavier Mission
Built from 1793 to 1797 by Franciscans, the "White Dove of the Desert" is acclaimed by authorities as the finest example of mission architecture in the United States. Located approximately 35 minutes south of the resort. Still used as a church by the Tohono O'odham, the mission features 20-minute lectures daily (except Sunday), every hour on the half hour from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, playground and tranquil retreat. Today, the 2,000-acre park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch.
AZ Hwy. 77
This is where they sealed in the Biospherians for two years in the early 1990s. Visitors can now go inside and learn about the environment. The three-acre complex contains a million-gallon ocean and living coral reef, rainforest, savannah, marsh, desert and a 24" telescope. Also on the very scenic premises is a restaurant and gift shops. Located 30 miles north of the resort. Open daily.
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kitt Peak is the world's largest astronomical facility, featuring a visitor center and three telescopes. Located approximately 90 minutes southwest of the resort.
5900 Sabino Canyon Rd.
Fed by the waters of Sabino Creek and sheltered by the canyon walls, the plants and animals that inhabit the canyon offer an interesting contrast to those found in the surrounding desert. The shade and cool water attract Tucsonans year-round to this site.
Mount Lemmon, at 9,150 feet, is the highest peak of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains. The drive to the top takes you on a 7,000-foot elevation climb through forests of saguaro cacti, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and aspen trees. Picnic areas, camping grounds and vista points are available en route to the summit. Ski in the winter, and enjoy the cool alpine weather in the summer. The chairlift operates year-round. Located 45 minutes east of the resort.
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory
The Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory features the largest dedicated public observing telescope in Arizona. The 32-inch Schulman telescope offers breathtaking views of the expansive night sky. Be sure to experience the night observation program “SkyNights” conducted by renowned astrophotographer Adam Block. To get a feel for the amazing view, take a look at this brief video provided by Arizona Public Media.
Tohono Chul Park
A beautiful park and desert preserve with abundant bird and wildlife, plus a tearoom. A mile from Westward Look Resort.
A single trip to Tucson can add dozens of species to a birder's life list. The diversity of terrain, mild climate and proximity to Mexico are responsible for more than 450 species recorded here. South Arizona has become famous as one of the country's best bird watching areas. Many migratory species such as the sandhill crane winter here. In the summer, hummingbirds and Mexican rarities come across the border to nest, and many of our permanent residents are seldom seen anywhere else.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
2150 N. Alvernon Way
Tel: 520 326-9686
More than five acres of demonstration gardens, including xeriscape and cacti, herbs, flowers, historical, sensory, barrio and children's gardens.
University of Arizona
1401 University Blvd.
The University of Arizona, Tucson’s four-year university, serves up 300 different degree programs and 19 sports programs, including the famous Wildcats basketball, softball and football teams. The university’s main campus is just a short 20 minute drive south from Westward Look. Learn more by visiting www.arizona.edu.