Great Attractions in Tucson, Arizona
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Although Tucson's fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for tons of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. With a history that goes back much further than many of its southwestern neighbors, Tucson boasts turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods, museums and the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a still-functioning 18th-century mission considered one of the most beautiful in the U.S. Mexican and Native American influences are pervasive, and the city has a distinctly Western flavor. There's also a college-town atmosphere, thanks to the University of Arizona, which has its own share of museums and a science center. Whether golfing at a world-class golf resort, horseback riding, hiking in the wilderness, discovering desert flora and fauna at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or exploring pre-Columbian and other art at the Tucson Art Museum, you'll have a mind-boggling array of things to do.
Tucson Local Attractions
Arizona State Museum - 18 minutes/8.48 miles
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - 34 minutes/19.86 miles
Biosphere 2 Museum - 17 minutes/9.42 miles
Colossal Cave Mountain Park - 29 minutes/23.04 miles
Mission San Xavier del Bac - 13 minutes/6.82 miles
Old Tucson Studios - 29 minutes/17.05 miles
Pima Air & Space Museum - 8 minutes/5.03 miles
Pima County Fairgrounds - 16 minutes/13.26 miles
Reid Park Zoo - 14 minutes/8.11 miles
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area - 34 minutes/19.49 miles
Saguaro National Park - 38 minutes/21.43 miles
Southern Arizona Transportation Museum - 15 minutes/7.73 miles
Southland Greyhound Park - 6.0 miles
The International Wildlife Museum - 26 minutes/14.6 miles
The University of Arizona Museum of Art - 23 minutes/8.8 miles
Titan Missile Museum - 25 minutes/20.61 miles
Tucson Botanical Gardens - 19 minutes/10.32 miles
Tucson Children's Museum - 17 minutes/9.24 miles
Tucson Padres - 10 minutes/4.96 miles
Park Place Mall - 18 minutes/10.76 miles
Foothills Mall - 28 minutes/19.13 miles
La Encantada - 30 minutes/14.64 miles
Tucson Mall - 23 minutes/14.14 miles
St. Philips Plaza - 24 minutes/11.69 miles
Casino del Sol - 19 minutes/9.63 miles
Dessert Diamond - 6 minutes/2 miles
Easy Day Trips
Tombstone - 1 hour 12 minutes/ 65.99 miles
A brief blaze of gunfire more than 125 years ago sealed the fate of this former silver-mining boomtown. On these very streets, outside a livery stable known as the O.K. Corral, Wyatt Earp, his brothers Virgil and Morgan, and their friend Doc Holliday took on the outlaws Ike Clanton and Frank and Tom McLaury on October 26, 1881. Today, Tombstone, "the town too tough to die," is one of Arizona's most popular attractions, but I'll leave it up to you to decide whether it deserves its reputation (either as a tough town or as a legitimate tourist attraction).
Today, Tombstone's historic district consists of both original buildings that went up after a fire in 1882 destroyed much of the town and newer structures built in keeping with the architectural styles of the late 19th century. Most house souvenir shops and restaurants, which should give you some indication that this place is a classic tourist trap, but kids love it, especially when the famous shootout is reenacted.
Tubac - 44 minutes/42.21 miles
Located in the fertile valley of the Santa Cruz River 45 miles south of Tucson, Tubac is one of Arizona's largest arts communities and home to a developing retirement community. Because the town's old buildings house more than 80 shops selling fine arts, crafts, unusual gifts, and lots of Southwest souvenirs, Tubac is one of southern Arizona's most popular destinations.
Bisbee - 1 hour 40 minutes/93.24 miles
Arizona has a wealth of ghost towns that boomed on mining profits and then quickly went bust when the mines played out, but none is as impressive as Bisbee, which is built into the steep slopes of Tombstone Canyon on the south side of the Mule Mountains. Between 1880 and 1975, Bisbee's mines produced more than $6 billion worth of metals. When the Phelps Dodge Company shut down its copper mines here, Bisbee nearly went the way of other abandoned mining towns, but because it's the Cochise County seat, it was saved from disappearing into the desert dust.
Kartchner Caverns State Park - 46 minutes/41.4 miles
Nogales - 1 hour 3 minues/63.95 miles
Situated on the Mexican border, the twin towns of Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (known jointly as Ambos Nogales), form a bustling border community. All day long, U.S. citizens cross into Mexico to shop for bargains on Mexican handicrafts, pharmaceuticals, tequila, and Kahlúa, while Mexican citizens cross into the United States to buy products not available in their country.
Experts say the climate and soil conditions in the Southern Arizona villages of Sonoita, Elgin and the Wilcox area are perfect for growing grapes.
Charron Vineyards and Winery
Sonoita Vineyards Winery