Though Tucson is the second largest city in Arizona, it’s known for its off-beat culture and chill university town vibe. Set between the wild, open desert of Saguaro National Park, this relaxed town is the ideal place to escape fast-paced city life. Enjoy hiking and horseback riding, then come back to the city for delicious cuisine and dynamic nightlife.
But the ultimate attraction is the breathtaking landscape. So grab your keys and get ready for incredible, picture-perfect views.
Stir up some dust as you explore Tucson’s culture, cacti, and celebrated film history.
To the east and west of Tucson, this National Park is home to America’s largest cacti: the giant saguaro. In the park’s western area, you can hike past rare desert shrubs in search of petroglyphs. In the eastern part, cruise Cactus Forest Drive for striking desert views.
The 98-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has just about everything: a natural history museum, zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, and art gallery, plus 21 acres of walking trails. Located just west of Tucson, it’s a tourist favorite.
Travel back in time to John Wayne’s Wild West with a visit to Old Tucson Studios: the filming location for hundreds of films and TV shows, from Rio Brava to Little House on the Prairie. Don’t miss the old-timey saloon!
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From underground caverns and mining tours to summit-top observatories, the area around Tucson is sure to take you to new heights. Walk the streets of picturesque Bisbee and explore its eclectic attractions. When the heat catches up with you, escape to the coolness of Kartchner Caverns or Mount Lemmon, where the summit temperature drops 30 degrees.Book the perfect car
Breeze 95 miles down the highway to this well-preserved mining town, where you can still tour the mine and sift through quirky shops for vintage gold. Bisbee is also home to a number of art galleries, restaurants, and walking paths.
Drive 50 miles south of Tucson to experience these marvelous limestone caverns, home to the world’s longest soda straw stalactite and a roost for baby bats. The park also has cabins and camping sites.
At 9,000 feet above sea level, the highest peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains offers cooler temperatures in summer and exhilarating ski slopes in winter. Drive the sky island scenic byway and sample some homemade fudge on your way to the top, then view the stars from the observatory on the peak.
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Known by a number of names, this scenic byway ends near the summit of Mount Lemmon. Featuring three epic switchbacks, a bold 2,000-foot climb in 24 miles, and seemingly endless vistas, the Catalina Highway is a thrilling drive through Tucson’s desert landscape.
Part of the famous Coronado Trail, anyone who loves to drive won’t be able to resist the endless curves on The Devil’s Highway. From desert floor to mountain peak, this drive also takes you past Hannagan Meadow, an ideal location for stargazing, on your way to a Swiss village founded in 1870.
For a view like no other, take US-60 from Apache Junction to Show Low. You’ll encounter stacks of twists as you ribbon uphill and then dive down into the Salt River Canyon, also known as “the mini Grand Canyon.”