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7-Day Southern Arizona Tour

Destination(s): Tucson

Tucson has a lot going for to be sure, but so does southeast Arizona. There's a mix of Old West, historic mining towns, some of the best birding in the country, excellent golf, Spanish Colonial history, and of course, there is always the beautiful scenery. While Tucson itself sits smack in the Sonoran Desert, much of southeast Arizona is covered in rolling savanna grasslands. This trip is a 7-day jaunt around this beautiful region. read more about 7-Day Southern Arizona Tour

Casa de San Pedro

Casa de San Pedro

  • 8933 South Yell Lane
  • tel:+1 520 366 1300 / +1 800 588 6468 (Toll Free)
  • Visit website
  • Hereford, 85615
San Pedro River

San Pedro River

  • AZ Highway 90
  • tel:+1 520 417 6960
  • Sierra Vista, 85634
O.K. Corral

O.K. Corral

  • 308 East Allen Street
  • tel:520 457 3456
  • Visit website
  • Tombstone, 85638
Cafe Sonoita

Cafe Sonoita

Tubac

Tubac

  • Interstate 19
  • (Tubac exit off I-19; 45 miles south of Tucson)
  • tel:520 398 2704 (Tubac Chamber of Commerce)
  • Visit website
  • Tubac, 85646

When Spaniards built the Tubac Presidio in 1752, Tubac became the first European settlement in Arizona. In the 250 years that followed, Tubac saw bloody battles with Apaches, then nearly became a ghost town, then transformed into a mining boomtown, then almost another ghost town again. But in the 1940s, the tiny community in the Santa Cruz Valley 45 miles south of Tucson started attracting artists. Today, Tubac has a thriving artists colony, a golf resort, excellent restaurants, and rich history that can be seen the ruins of the Tubac Presidio and the nearby Mission de Tumacacori, a Spanish mission built in 1691. read more about Tubac

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac

  • 1950 W. San Xavier Rd
  • San Xavier District
  • tel:520 294 2624
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85746

The Mission San Xavier del Bac, also called the White Dove of the Desert, is nearly as iconic an image to Tucson as sunsets and saguaros. Built between 1783 and 1797, San Xavier del Bac is still an active Roman Catholic church for Tohono O'odham on the San Xavier Indian Reservation. The mission weaves together Moorish, Byzantine and Mexican Renaissance styles and is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture in the United States. The Mission San Xavier de Bac should be at or near the top of any visitor's list. read more about Mission San Xavier del Bac

Gates Pass

Gates Pass

  • Gates Pass Road
  • tel:+1 520 624 1817
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85743
Pima Air and Space Museum

Pima Air and Space Museum

  • 6000 E. Valencia Rd
  • tel:520 574 0462
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85706

Dedicated to the preservation of the history of flight, the Pima Air and Space Museum houses over 27 historic aircraft, including John F. Kennedy's Air Force One, once used by Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Also on display is the X-15 and Russian Migs, among many, many others. The museum is located next to the Davis Monthan Air Force Base, which also houses the Arizona Maintenance and Regeneration Center, also know as "the boneyard." Here, lined up neatly and surreally are hundreds of mothballed military aircraft. read more about Pima Air and Space Museum

Tombstone

Tombstone

  • Arizona Highway 80
  • (70 miles southeast of Tucson on AZ Hwy 80)
  • tel:520 457 9317 / +1 888 457 3929 (Tombstone Chamber of Commerce)
  • Visit website
  • Tombstone, 85638

A brief gunfight over 125 years ago and a nugget of Old West toughness has ensured Tombstone will never die. Modern day Tombstone is a mix of interesting Old West history of mining and boomtowns and classic tourist-trap souvenir shops. A visit to the Southwest would seem incomplete without a visit to "the town too tough to die." Seventy miles through the rolling grasslands of southeast Tucson make the drive alone worthwhile. Also, Tombstone is on the way to the quirky and at equally-interesting town of Bisbee. read more about Tombstone

Tumacacori National Historic Park

Tumacacori National Historic Park

  • 1891 East Frontage Road
  • (Tumacacori exit off I-19)
  • tel:520 398 2341
  • Visit website
  • Tumacacori, 85640
Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

  • 1421 West Pima Mine Road
  • tel:520 625 7513
  • Visit website
  • Sahuarita, 85629
Ironwood Terraces and Ocotillo Cafe

Ironwood Terraces and Ocotillo Cafe

  • 2021 North Kinney Road
  • tel:520 883 1380
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85743
Ramsey Canyon Preserve

Ramsey Canyon Preserve

  • 290 Ramsey Canyon Road
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • tel:520 378 2785
  • Visit website
  • Hereford, 85615
Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park

  • P.O. Pox 216
  • 219 Toughnut Street
  • tel:520-457-331
  • Visit website
  • Tombstone, 85638
Wisdom's Cafe

Wisdom's Cafe

  • 1931 East Frontage Road
  • tel:520 398 2397
  • Visit website
  • Tumacacori, 85643
Tubac Golf Resort

Tubac Golf Resort

Desert Diamond Casino

Desert Diamond Casino

  • 1421 West Pima Mine Road
  • tel:520 294 7777
  • Visit website
  • , 85734
Café Poca Cosa

Café Poca Cosa

Cafe Poca Cosa became the darling of Tucson's culinary scene a few years ago when model-restaurant owner-chef Susana Davila first made a splash with her inventive take on classic Mexican dishes. Years later, it can still be hard to get a reservation on a busy night. But it's worth the effort just to sample the restaurant's fresh, made from scratch daily dishes. There is no set menu here: what you see scrawled on the blackboard when you come in, is what you get. The good news? It's nearly always wonderful.
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Arizona Folklore Preserve

Arizona Folklore Preserve

  • 44 Ramsey Canyon Road
  • tel:520 378 6165
  • Visit website
  • Hereford, 85615
Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Tubac Presidio State Historic Park

Titan Missile Museum

Titan Missile Museum

  • 1580 W. Duval Mine Rd
  • Sahuarita (Exit 69 off I-19)
  • tel:520 625 7736
  • Visit website
  • Sahuarita, 85629
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

  • 2021 North Kinney Road
  • tel:520 883 1380
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85743

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is one of three or four not-to-be-missed attractions for anyone visiting Tucson. Spread across 21 acres in the drop-dead beautiful desert west of Tucson, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (locals refer to it simply as "the Desert museum") is a seamless mix of world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. The museum's outdoor trails offer an immersion into the Sonoran Desert that can't be beat. The desert museum is a wonderful complement to the neighboring Saguaro National Park. read more about Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park

  • Highway 90
  • (9 miles south of Interstate 10)
  • tel:520 586 2283 (Reservations) / 520 586 4100 (Information)
  • Visit website
  • Benson, 85602

In 1974, a pair of young cavers discovered a narrow crack in a hillside of the Whetstone Mountains with warm, moist air flowing out of it. The cavers spent several hours crawling into a pristine cavern. They kept their discovering secret for another four years until they told the couple that owned the land. The existence of the caverns remained a secret for another decade until the state bought the land and designated it a state park. Almost immediately, Kartchner became one of the top ten limestone caves in the world. Still pristine, Kartchner is a wet or "live" cave, which means its calcite features are still growing. Two 1.5 hour-long tours are offered daily. Doing at least one is a must-do. read more about Kartchner Caverns State Park

Riverpark Inn

Riverpark Inn

Saguaro National Park

Saguaro National Park

  • 2700 North Kinney Road (Westside)
  • Heidi Schewel 3693 South Old Spanish Trail (Eastside)
  • tel:520 749 7720
  • Visit website
  • Tucson, 85743

There are two districts of Saguaro National Park that bookend Tucson on the east and the west. Both offer stunning views of the Sonoran Desert landscape, including saguaro forests. Both districts have driving roads that wander through parts of the park, but with its numerous hiking trails, the park is best experienced on foot. With its proximity to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, it would be easy to spend a day visiting the Tucson Mountain (West) District and the museum. The Rincon Mountain (East) District rises to over 8,000 feet and has 128 miles of trails. read more about Saguaro National Park