Bisbee is a former mining town (current artist colony) south of Tucson near the AZ/Mexico border. It is the perfect place to experience historic, small town America.
Starting Point: Phoenix, AZ
Day One: Travel to Bisbee
The drive from Phoenix to Bisbee is about 3.5-4 hours depending on traffic.
Take your time driving down to scenic, little Bisbee.
If you leave in the morning or early afternoon; Tucson is a great place to stop by on the way.
Day Two: Exploring Bisbee
If you are up for a morning stroll, walk up OK Street which will lead to the base of Youngblood Hill and will take you by some adorable Bisbee homes.
For strong hikers, there is also a trail at the end of the street that climbs up Chihuahua and Youngblood Hill. This path is steep, narrow and slippery, however, so hike at your own discretion. Be safe.
After going for a walk in the cool morning, head over to Lowell’s Bisbee Breakfast Club (http://bisbeebreakfastclub.com/locations/bisbee) for a diner experience, complete with massive portions.
Head back to downtown Bisbee for a tour of the Copper Queen Mine (http://www.queenminetour.com/), where you will get to ride a little train into the heart of the mountain and learn about old copper mines from former miners. There are several tours throughout the day.
Spend the day strolling through Bisbee, checking out galleries, visiting historic hotels, and enjoying this small, colorful town.
After dinner, if it suits your fancy, wander the streets at night and learn about the many ghosts of this small town with Old Bisbee Ghost Tours (http://www.oldbisbeeghosttour.com/). These take place at 7 p.m. each day of the week.
Day Two: Kartchner Caverns and Getting Home
Catch breakfast in Old Bisbee or Sierra Vista.
Stop by Kartchner Caverns (https://azstateparks.com/kartchner/) to see one of the United States’ most colorful, living caves. You will not be disappointed in this special, natural attraction. It is about an hour from Bisbee to Kartchner.
Stop for lunch in Benson or Tucson, and then head back to Phoenix. It is about 2.5 hours from Kartchner to Phoenix depending on traffic.
Ending Point: Phoenix, AZ
- Reserve a place to stay.
- Reserve a tour with the Old Bisbee Ghost Tours and Kartchner Caverns.
- Learn about some of the historic landmarks in the town to visit.
- Know the weather! Stay safe.
Solid Gas/Food Stops Along the Way:
Note: There are numerous small towns that also dot the way to Bisbee, but if you want guaranteed gas stations, fuel up in Tucson or Benson.
- Mostly free parking in Bisbee (there’s like one paid lot in the entire city), but be prepared for the lots (which are small) to basically be full after 10 a.m., at least on weekends.
- There’s plenty of street parking available, it just depends on how far you’re willing to haul your butt up and down a hill.
- Before you park, check if it’s residential. Don’t be a jerk and park in someone’s spot.
Places to Stay:
- Copper Queen Hotel (http://www.copperqueen.com/): This is a historic hotel in the middle of town. Perfectly central to all Bisbee’s attractions, and a great place for ghostly activity (for anyone interested).
- Hotel Lamore/Bisbee Inn (http://bisbeeinn.com/): A smaller alternative to the Copper Queen, this place is just as historic and ghostly. But it has traditional shared bathrooms, it will really bring you back.
- Plenty of alternatives throughout the town, and some good AirBnbs as well.