Downtown Orientation Walk, Tucson (Self Guided)

Tucson, Arizona is your place to go if you're into outdoor activities or wish to learn about the city's historic heritage. The available local outdoor activities include golf, horseback riding, hiking and more. When it comes to the history scene, Tuscon is just as rich and offers lots of attractions to be seen. To find out exactly which, follow this orientation walk and visit the city's most notable places of interest.
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Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Tucson (See other walking tours in Tucson)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km
Author: anna
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Pima County Courthouse

1) Pima County Courthouse

Pima County Courthouse is the former main county courthouse building in downtown Tucson. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by Roy Place in 1928 in Mission Revival and Spanish Colonial Revival style architecture.

The building still serves as a courthouse for lower level state criminal matters as well as housing the offices of the Pima County Treasurer and Recorder.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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El Presidio Park

2) El Presidio Park

This wonderful park was established in 1775. It is one of the most beautiful sites in the city. El Presidio Park compiles wonderful architecture with the heavenly nature and that makes it a perfect place to spend a couple of hours. It is worth visiting.
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Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block

3) Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block (must see)

The museum was founded in 1924 under the name of Tucson Fine Arts Association and was established in the El Presidio Historic District. In 1975, it moved to the present location and changed its name to Tucson Museum of Art. The new facility includes five historic properties - La Casa Cordova, Romero House, Edward Nye Fish House, Stevens/Duffield House and the J. Knox Corbett House- that represent the Historic Block. The museum delights its visitors with original collections of famous local and international artists as well as a portrayal of the traditional living habitat of the Arizona region with the help of the Historic Block.
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Corbett House

4) Corbett House

Corbett House is located on North Main Avenue just in the heart of the city. This elegant brick building was erected in 1907 in mission-revival style. It has two floors and is covered with stucco. The interior of the house is furnished with mahogany furniture.
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Old Town Artisans

5) Old Town Artisans

El Presidio Historic District is home to the little city block of Old Town Artisans. The 150-year-old adobe building has six distinctive shops and galleries featuring fine art and craft from hundreds of local and regional artists.
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Historical Society Downtown Museum

6) Historical Society Downtown Museum

Historical Society Downtown Museum recounts history of early businesses and homes of the city. The exhibits comprise shops, barbershops and fire and police departments from the historic downtown area. This small museum also hosts exhibits on different themes related to the history of downtown Tucson. The exhibits may be about interesting people that lived here, about its famous buildings or about events that took place here.
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Rialto Theatre

7) Rialto Theatre

The Rialto Theatre is located in one of the more urban districts of downtown Tucson, across the street from Club Congress. It bears much similarity to the neighboring Hotel Congress, being built in the same year and by the same contractors.
In its capacity as a concert venue since 1995, The Rialto was in need of many repairs, as it still sported a swamp cooler (rather than more modern air conditioning) and a dilapidated interior. Since its latest revitalization in 2004, the theater still boasts some of its original historic interior with a nod to an art nouveau motif, along with new and much-needed air conditioners.
Primarily holding music concerts from all genres, The Rialto hosts other shows and events as well, from dance, performance, and occasional film screenings. Approximately 150 events occur at the Rialto annually, with reported attendance of more than 100,000 patrons.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Tucson Children's Museum

8) Tucson Children's Museum

Nowadays, the former Carnegie Library that was built in 1900 hosts the Tucson Children's Museum, the only children’s museum in Southern Arizona. The museum was especially created to make learning of different interesting things easier and more enjoyable for children. It has different exhibitions showing different professions like firemen, doctors, policemen and exhibits where children can play and learn more about these professions.
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Scottish Rite Cathedral

9) Scottish Rite Cathedral

Scottish Rite Cathedral is a masonic temple built in 1915. The building is of great historical and architectural importance, and was even listed on the USA National Register of historic buildings. The temple features an imposing hall used mainly for special events. The interior of the building features beautiful decoration and contains artwork. It is also known for its historic pipe organ.
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The Cathedral of Saint Augustine

10) The Cathedral of Saint Augustine (must see)

The Cathedral of Saint Augustine is the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson. The cathedral features an elaborate cast stone façade with the coat of arms of Pope Pius XI, who was the pope at the time of the building's construction. Various indigenous desert plants are featured in the stone designs, such as yucca and saguaro blossoms, as well as a representation of the Mission San Xavier del Bac. A large 12th or 13th-century crucifix hanging inside the cathedral's vestibule was carved in Pamplona, Spain. The cathedral's floor is set on a slight grade, so that the main altar is clearly in view of the entire congregation. The seating can accommodate up to 1,250 people. The pipe organ was designed and built by David McDowell in Tucson and has thirty-eight ranks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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La Placita Village

11) La Placita Village

La Placita is a small, beautiful village in downtown Tucson, consisting of 10 adobe colorful houses, offices, restaurants and bars. This place that looks like a Rainbow Brite, was built to resemble a Mexican marketplace. Just next to the village is the Tucson Visitor's Center. On a warm summer night, it is possible to watch movies under the stars.
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Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum

12) Sosa-Carrillo-Fremont House Museum

Sosa Carrillo Fremont House Museum was built in the 1870s and is one of the oldest examples of adobe buildings in Tucson. The house is named after the three prominent occupants. The museum display exhibits the life and culture of the first Hispanic families in Tucson. Some of the rooms are organized as they had been in the past. There is a museum shop where you can buy souvenirs. Special exhibits are also organized.
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Congress street

13) Congress street

In the city's cultural hub, in and around Congress Street, you'll enjoy the rich diversity of old and new. Modern urban dwellings sit next to colorful barrios and historic sites. Sidewalk cafés, restaurants, and vintage shops are neighbors to theaters, live music venues, and art galleries.

Walking Tours in Tucson, Arizona

Create Your Own Walk in Tucson

Create Your Own Walk in Tucson

Creating your own self-guided walk in Tucson is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Museum Tour in Tucson, Part 1

Museum Tour in Tucson, Part 1

Tucson is one of the biggest cities in Arizona. During its history, the city gathered many interesting things in different aspects of its life. The set of museums presented in this guide show a part of the history, culture, art and education of Tucson.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Galleries in Tucson Walking Tour

Galleries in Tucson Walking Tour

A great city will offer great pleasures. The pleasure of art is one of the finest in the world and a tour to the city galleries will give you an insight to the art of this area of the world. The proposed galleries are a selection of the greatest in the city. Make sure you enjoy the tour and maybe get something for yourself.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.8 km
Tucson Architecture Walking Tour

Tucson Architecture Walking Tour

Tucson boasts a variety of structures with a great design and the finest architecture. Walking down the streets you can admire different architectural styles in the buildings, such as Spanish Colonial style, Moorish style and others. Take this tour to get acquainted with Tucson's refined architecture.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Museum Tour in Tucson, Part 2

Museum Tour in Tucson, Part 2

Tucson is well known for its diverse range of museums that demonstrate the richness of this area. The following guide will help you to learn more about the culture, art, science and technology of Tucson and of the state of Arizona in general.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Tucson Religious Tour

Tucson Religious Tour

Tucson boasts an array of religious buildings of different denominations, starting with Jewish religion right up to Christian Orthodox. You will be amazed by their architectural beauty and design. In this self-guided tour you will visit the most astounding and famous religious places.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.9 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Tucson for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Tucson has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Tucson, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.