Best Public Garden

Tucson Botanical Gardens

2150 N. Alvernon Way

While it’s a relaxing oasis, don’t worry: There are no poppy fields that are gonna knock you out for good. For more than a half-century, the Tucson Botanical Gardens has been the definition of an oasis, because it’s a lush collection of green vegetation right in the middle of the desert. (Well, the middle of a city in the middle of the desert, but cities need an oasis or two, too.) In addition to the green scene, the gardens boast an art gallery along with a lovely cafe—and they’re dog-friendly, too. We wish we could be here every day.

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2. Tohono Chul

3. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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