Tucson is Phoenix’s smaller counter part, just two hours to the south down I-10 from Arizona’s capital. While it is the second largest city in the state, Tucson almost feels like a small town, nestled at the base of two huge mountains. Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, the vibrant heart of the city, as well as a little downtown that has been in the midst of a revitalization for the past few years.
For people who love to experience the culture and history of a destination, Tucson was built by the Spanish in 1775. Before that it was the site of a mission founded by none other than Father Kino. Before that it belonged to the Tohono O’odham people, who’s sovereign nation is currently right next door.
For those nature lovers among us, Saguaro National Park is on both the west and east of the city. To the north are the beautiful Catalina mountains, where you can drive up the mountain and experience a Sonoran desert Sky Island for yourself.
Guilin: Our Favorite Spot in Tucson for healthy Chinese food; Guilin is the perfect option for vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Romero Pools: This trail is likely to have been hit hard by the wildfires of 2020, but it was a trek up into the Catalinas to an oasis tucked in between the mountains.
Tanque Verde Falls: This short bouldering adventure will take you into the foothills of the Sky Islands to explore an oasis in the Sonoran Desert. We have a guide for this trail as well as a more personal account of visiting this beautiful spot.
Tumamoc Hill: A classic urban hike in Tucson, this paved trail will allow you and the family to experience a historic and scientific Arizona landmark.
Wasson Peak Trail: This beautiful 8 mile trek will take you into the heart of Saguaro National Park West for exceptional views of the city and a great Sonoran Desert experience.
The Tucson Rodeo (Annual event in February)