Be sure to check out Tucson's nude beach -- TanqueVerde Falls East, of town in the Coronado National Forest (also sometimes known as Redington Pass).
Watch out for scorpions and guys on Fourth Avenue.
Rent a car buget for a taxi ride everywhere you want to go because this city is so spread out. Bus service except for a couple trunk lines on a couple major streets stops running very early! Lovely people, kind, helpful, and very curious if you look a bit out of the conventional fashion. Teenagers are so bored there that it's a shame, but even they are sweet if you are sweet back.
Rent a car and drive to Tombstone!
Get rid of the boring weird longtermers who just harrass the female travellers. I am so sick of old Yanks hitting on me and leering.
Sabino canyon, although a 3 mile walk from the end of the bus line, is the closest (and possibly most awesome) place to hike in Tucson.
Try the Mariachi mass on Sunday mornings at Saint-Augustine Cathedral (large white adobe church downtown) for a novel experience. Hours are posted outside.
Tucson, a large sprawling city on the border of Mexico in the desert of southern Arizona, is surrounded by mountain ranges and national parks. Tucson is a diverse city with extensive Hispanic, college-student, and GLBT communities. Its proximity to Mexico has resulted in a large annual Day of the Dead celebration. The University of Arizona is the largest college in the area and draws more than thirty thousand students to the city. Tucson hostels are located within walking distance of the college bar scene.
While there are lots of campgrounds, there aren’t many hostels in Tucson. In the winter the rates spike during the Gem and Mineral Show; dorm beds and private rooms need to be booked in advance. Another busy period is in early November when a huge procession of costumed performers parades through the streets of Tucson to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Several Day of the Dead altars are also exhibited throughout the town. Another must-see is located on the southern edge of the city at the San Xavier Indian Reservation -- the beautiful, seventeenth-century Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Surrounding the city are several national parks and a few stables for travelers interested in horseback riding. Baboquivari Peak, Sabino Canyon, the Tucson Mountain Park, and the Saguaro National Park are popular with hikers. Baboquivari Peak is located southwest of Tucson and the nearby Kitt Peak National Observatory is a good place to get a great view of Baboquivari Peak. There is an Indian reservation in the area and jaguars have been spotted in the Baboquivari Wilderness. Sabino Canyon is north of Tucson and is a good place to see waterfalls. West of Tucson is the Tucson Mountain Park, which has archery and gun ranges in addition to miles of trails. To the east is the Saguaro National Park, which is characterized by abundant cactus. Fall and spring are best for hiking to avoid the extreme summer heat and winter snowfall.