Unique Tucson Treasures that you MUST Visit for Best Selfie Photos!
The Oracle knows that this intriguing city has the benefit of over 350 days of sunshine a year making it perfect for picture taking! This combined with a fantastic mix of mountain peaks, ancient caves, desert landscapes, and trendy neighborhoods make it almost irresistible to whip out your phone and start snapping photos while you are here. We will take a look at some of the unique buildings, historic museums, natural parks, and other Tucson attractions that this interesting town has to offer. Tucson is home to some of the best selfie taking areas in the country and The Event Oracle will guide you to my local favorites. Impress your friends on Instagram. Surprise your contacts on Snapchat by getting the best selfie photos that this city can provide.
Sabino Canyon is an impressive canyon that lies just to the north of the city of Tucson. It is nestled in the Santa Catalina mountains and is part of the Colorado National Forest. Take a trip here to enjoy the many walking trails and spectacular mountain and canyon views. There are many on offer in this amazing area. If you are feeling energetic, take a hike along to the Sabino Creek which features waterfalls and a bridge to cross over the river.
If you are not feeling quite so energized, The Oracle recommends riding the mountain shuttle that travels around the area. It has about 9 stops along the canyon and you can hop off at any time and snap a quick selfie if you see anything that grabs your attention. At Sabino Canyon you will have a chance to take selfies with some spectacular natural backdrops of mountain peaks, deep canyons, and gorges. Over a million visitors a year head to the Sabino canyon to admire the spectacular views, and with numbers like that you can assured it is worth the trip. However during those really hot summer months, we recommend you take the extra time to head further up Mount Lemmon for a much cooler connection with nature.
Tucson Botanical Gardens
If you are looking for incredibly pretty and colorful backdrops for your selfie pictures then the Oracle recommends that you spend a day visiting the gorgeous Tucson Botanical Gardens. The vast array of flora and fauna, and multiple species of plants, provide stunning backdrops for any selfies that you care to take. The Botanical Gardens is an urban oasis that was originally founded in 1964 and over the years has undergone an extensive program of renovations and extensions to turn it into the popular tourist destination that it is today.
To obtain some of the best selfies here, The Oracle recommends that you try taking some photos in the Backyard Bird Garden, the Cactus and Succulent Garden, or the Butterfly House. All of these will give you photos to upload to your news feed that will make you the envy of your friends.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Discovered in the late 1800s, these fantastic underground caves were originally used by Apache Indians as a dwelling area. The impressive geological formations are made up of a series of caves linked together underground and cover an area of approximately 3 miles. Make sure that your selfie camera has a pretty good flash as some sections of the caves are quite dark. You will be able to get some amazing photographs using the natural formations of the underground caverns as your background scenery. There are walking trails through the caves so you can easily explore the different areas.
If you are spending a day here, The Oracle suggests that you take a light jacket as the caves maintain a year around 70 degree temperature and with no sunlight it can get slightly chilly. If you get tired of exploring below ground and would like to get back into the open air, there is a picnic area, 2 museums and even horseback riding available at this location.
Sunset at Gates Pass
Everybody has taken their share of sunset photos. The red skies, the pink clouds, all make for impressive photography. But you have never seen a sunset quite like this! The sunset views at Gates Pass have become a popular pastime for locals and visitors to Tucson alike. Probably because it offers some of the most spectacular sunset views you will ever see. To get there you head to the Tucson Mountain Park and after a few miles along a windy mountain road you will arrive at Gates Pass. The views from this area that so well renowned that they have even won awards for The Best Place to Watch a Sunset. You can’t really beat that! Once you have located the perfect spot you can sit and wait peacefully for the sun to begin its descent and enjoy the spectacular views of the event. Watch as the area becomes bathed in amber, gold, yellows, reds, pinks, and oranges.
The Oracle suggests that you have your camera at the ready as the photo opportunity time is limited. But you will get some stunning backgrounds with amazing colors. If your selfie camera has a panoramic setting this would be the place to use it to capture the spectacular sight.
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
How's this for a spot of culture? If you want your selfies to have a little more of a cultured feel then head along to the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. It is a unique combination of an art gallery and museum with several buildings dotted through the desert. Founded by Ettore DeGrazia, it is known not only for the artwork, but for the traditional construction methods used in erecting the structures, including cactus flooring and other techniques. Take a stroll through the various buildings and snap a few selfies using some of the unique and historic art work to provide a background.
After you are done getting cultural photographs, The Oracle recommends that you take a stroll through the other various buildings in the area. These include a ghost house, a nun's dwelling, and ceramics studio. This unique area is an art installation in the middle of the desert and will produce some amazing photos for you to share with your friends.
Town of Tombstone
No visit to the deserts of Arizona is complete without a trip to the historic town of Tombstone which was once a thriving boom town due to silver mining in the area. Unfortunately it has not retained its former affluence and is now somewhat deserted. These days Tombstone is a tourists attraction. However, it does give you the opportunity to go and see what life was like in a real Wild West town and get some great photographs to share. When else do you get the opportunity to go into what was once feared Apache territory and get photos in front of old saloons or on a dusty old Wild West street? You could get a few snaps using the notorious OK corral as a backdrop, or of the old stagecoach that runs down the main street.
A tip from The Oracle: if you do decide to visit the town of tombstone then check the website and calendar for events before you travel. This area often hosts festivals, Indian cultural events, or performances.
Saguaro National Park West
If you have lived anywhere in or around Arizona you will know that the state is home to some of the world's biggest cactus. The cactus has become synonymous with the American West over the years, and these impressive plants are protected by the area that is known as the Saguaro National Park West. The West side of the parks is a bit lower and is younger than the rest of the park, but the Saguaro cactus grow just as prolifically here. Enjoy views of the cactus fields against the blue desert Sky. Photo op! Spend a day here walking the park trails and admire the desert scenery while you snap some entertaining selfies. While you are trekking into the desert and taking snapshots keep an eye out for the gila monsters that are present in the area. They are large lizards that have made the desert their habitat. There have been conservation efforts recently with them being tracked and examined. If you do see one and snap a picture, from a safe distance of course, you can help with conservation efforts by sending it into the park. It will be stored in the parks database and help conservation staff in their tracking and identification efforts of the Gila Monsters.
Tip from The Oracle: Make sure you load up on the sunscreen and water as the desert heat can get oppressive at certain times of the year and you don't want to risk getting sun stroke. Stop first at the Ranger Station for more information and ranger guided tours.
University of Arizona Museum of Art
If you appreciate art then The Oracle suggests that you make your way down to the Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson. Located on the Campus of the University of Arizona this museum dates back to the early 1920s, with the main Museum building being constructed in 1955. This museum houses an extraordinary array of exhibits with many rotating on a regular basis to offer as much choice and variety as possible. There are also permanent exhibits with artifacts and displays from all around the world and from many cultures. It is a wide and diverse collection featuring art, sculptures, pottery, paintings, and other artistic examples.
The Oracle advises that you allow yourself a full day here as the selection of exhibits is vast. You will have multiple opportunities to take all kinds of selfies with a huge and unique selection of American and European art. Make your friends jealous with some of your highly cultural pics.
Tanque Verde Falls
If you are a water baby and you would like to have some water features in your photos, Tanque Verde Falls should be just the thing that you are looking for. Take a short hike along a moderate walking trail characterized by swimming pools and smaller waterfalls along the way. It is a popular location and walkers, hikers, and picnickers come here frequently just wanting to spend the day at the foot of the area with the family. As you get further up the trail it becomes a bit more difficult with not really a walking path as such. There will be some scrambling along the creek bed and picking your way through some not so well marked trails. However, the effort is worth it when you get further along. First you will encounter a 30 foot waterfall which is the smaller of the falls, and behind this cascade there is a small ledge where you can actually walk behind the waterfall. How cool is that for a selfie? Moving on from the small falls your finally come to the big waterfall of Tanque Verde which is the main attraction and star of the show. This is an 80 foot high waterfall spilling over into a deep pool which people actually jump into from the cliffs. There is even a rope swing that sways out above the water.
The Oracle thinks that's a little bit risky but if you're brave enough and want to give it a try it would certainly provide a stunning selfie as you swing out over the deep pool and have the waterfall in the background of your shot. That is definitely one for Instagram!
This is just a handful of some of the areas that The Oracle suggests that you visit on your next trip to Tucson, Arizona. But if you are looking for more, there is also a wide array of other attractions and neighborhoods that you can explore during your visit. Wherever you end up you will be sure to get some of the most interesting and unique selfies that reflect this vibrant cities diverse and entertaining attractions and locations.