Fly To Tucson, Arizona
In the heart of Pima County is Tucson; home to Arizona University and an All-American city with a good range of activities, sights, facilities and accommodation options.
Tucson is situated in an alluvial plain in the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by mountains. The Mexico border is less than 100km away, giving the city something of a Wild West feel. Spanish and Native American influences are seen in many instances, with the desert adding even more to the culture and overall atmosphere.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Tucson do need a Visa to enter the United States. Be sure to have everything ready before you apply (including your passport, which must be valid for at least 6 months after you get back from your trip, with 2 or more blank pages available for entry stamps).
- The South African Consulate General in Chicago caters to visitors in the Arizona area. The embassy is situated at 200 South Michigan Avenue, 6th Floor, Chicago IL 60604. Phone: + 1 312 939 7929. Website: southafricachicago.com.
See and do
Major attractions to see in the city and surrounds include Tucson Mountain Park, Catalina State Park, Mission San Xavier del Bac and Madera Canyon. But there are many other sights to take in too. Museums range from natural history to quirky space museums, ensuring something for every age to enjoy. There are also old buildings dating back through the city’s history, theatres, restaurants, parks and plenty more to enjoy.
In the way of activities, you can take your pick from the sedate to the thrilling. Houston's Horseback Riding is a fun way to explore the surrounding desert. Catching a show at one of the many theatres such as Fox is ideal for after dark entertainment – casinos are in good supply too if you are feeling lucky. You can even try a Tucson Food Tour, a hike through a national park or a memorable balloon ride over the city.
Aside from the somewhat typical American malls and shopping centres, Tucson is also home to some speciality stores that are worth browsing. These are where you can find curios and unique goodies. Try Tucson Mineral and Gem World, St Philip's Plaza Farmers Market, Old Town Artisans, Cactus Quilt Shop, Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery (Native American antiques and other items) and Antigua de Mexico for starters.
Sun Tran runs the public transport system, which mostly consists of buses. It’s good to know that this company has won a number of awards which speak in favour of their reliability and safety. You can also try weekend heritage streetcars, operated by Old Pueblo Trolley. Bicycles are another fun way to get around, with many locals opting for this mode of transport. Car hire can also be arranged for you to collect on your arrival at the airport.
Tucson Airport (Arizona) – TUS
Food and beverage: Ike’s Coffee and Jet Rock Bar & Grill.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs and foreign exchange desks at Tucson Airport.
Airport Hotels: Best Western, Comfort Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Marriot Courtyard.
Car Hire: Budget, Avis, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.