10 Places to Photograph in Tucson This Weekend

Tucson like many other cities that RMSP Weekends visits has no shortage of urban attractions to photograph. What makes Tucson different is that you not only have the option to photograph the city, its architecture and the lights at night, but you also have easy access to mountains, desert and wildlife. In fact, the majority of images posted on Panoramio for Tucson are of the desert, cactus, and other local landscapes. If you are going to the Tucson Weekend this Saturday and Sunday and are inspired at the end of the day to go out and photograph, here are a few places that would be great to visit.

  • 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 a museum and active church parish.
  • 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.
  • Reid Park Zoo: One of the finest small zoos in the country with nearly 500 exotic animals with many on the endangered species list involved in captive breeding programs. Always a great way to photograph animals at close range that you might not otherwise encounter.
  • DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun: The former home, workshop, and gravesite of Tucson artist Ted DeGrazia. DeGrazia designed and built the unusual chapel and art gallery with many of his personal favorites on permanent exhibit.
  • Pima Air and Space Museum – This is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. You’ll see more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced, both from the United States and throughout the world.
  • Barrio Viejo – A historic area in Tuscon just south of downtown. This neighborhood is known for its colorful Sonoran row house adobe buildings.
  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Musuem – The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place!
  • Kartchner Caverns – Arizona’s newest attraction: an ancient limestone cavern covered in stalactites and stalagmites, recently discovered and opened to the public.
  • Sabino Canyon – Sabino Canyon is a natural desert oasis located in Tucson’s Coronado National Forest and is home to spectacular desert landscapes.
  • Sagurao National Park – This park has two districts separated by the city of Tucson.

I would also check out the Center for Creative Photography to feast your eyes on some incredible exhibits.

Do you know of great places to photograph in Tucson that I didn’t mention? I’d love to know where you photograph. Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

If you do photograph in Tucson this weekend show us your favorites! Post them on our Flickr group page or on our Facebook page. Make sure to tag the images with “Tucson”.

3 thoughts on “10 Places to Photograph in Tucson This Weekend

Kristin Halgedahl

Hello, RMSP in Tucson. I’m Kristin Halgedahl SI ’04, now living in NO CAL.
I lived in Tucson for 18 yrs. in the 70, 80, 90. Taught English at UA & played cello in the Symphony. ONE OF THE MOST MAGICAL SPOTS in Tucson is the Tohono Chul Park, 7366 N. Paseo Del Norte. (520) 742-6455. You can wander this beautiful area undisturbed. They used to have a wonderful restaurant there. It was magic to eat wonderful, organic food while gazing at the mountains and hearing only the birds.
It may be too late (sorry – didn’t see the blog until today) to get there this weekend, but NEXT TRIP, DO IT!

Peace out — Kristin

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