Category: Explore

Discover more about Tucson’s unmatched outdoor beauty and remarkable day trips.

Tubac Road Trip

by Jeff Atwell | photos by Fred Schmiedeskamp Friends from out of state had been in town for two days. We checked in on their Instagram to see how things were going. They had traipsed through the Catalina foothills on a sunset horseback ride, conquered vertigo on the zip lines out in Oracle, and discovered… Read more »

A Summer Essential: Salt River Tubing

| By Amanda Oien Tucson’s raspados and Mesa’s Salt River have two things in common: highly desired during the hot summer months and arguably, equally refreshing. If you’re wanting to escape the scorching sun this summer or wanting to knock off Salt River Tubing from your summer bucket list, you’re in luck. The Salt River… Read more »

The Glitz of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show

Bright purple amethyst gemstone

Find your way around Tucson’s Gem and Mineral Show | By Amanda Oien Since 1954, thousands of buyers, sellers, traders and visitors from all over the world make the pilgrimage to Tucson, Arizona for the annual Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in late January to February. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show has everything from… Read more »

A Frosty Quick Guide to Mt. Lemmon

Ditch the mild winter weather for the snow-capped Catalinas  | By Amanda Oien As the winter storm grows stronger, snow begins to fall, blanketing towering evergreens while the creeks freeze over. Locals bundle up to make snowmen, go sledding and sip mulled wine at the ski lodge. Upstate New York might come to mind, but… Read more »

Leap of Faith

Arizona Zipline Adventures in Oracle, Arizona

Pushing the limits at Arizona Zipline Adventures | By Jeff Atwell For twenty-odd years, the south side of the Santa Catalina Mountains has been in view—an awesome site every time I step outside in Tucson, hike the foothills, or drive the hairpins up to Mount Lemmon. During a visit with friends from Florida, I finally… Read more »

A Desert Getaway to Remember

Discover the top reasons to stay at Aravaipa Farms | By Heather Wuelpern Whether you live in Tucson or Phoenix or are just visiting, there’s a place you need to discover. About an hour’s drive from northwest Tucson or two hours southeast of Phoenix—through a saguaro forest and into one of Arizona’s most pristine red rock canyons—lies… Read more »

Southern Arizona

Get off the beaten path and explore the vibrant communities of Southern Arizona. From the fine wines of Sonoita and Patagonia to the rich history of Bisbee and Tombstone, experience something new outside the city limits. BISBEE SONOITA TOMBSTONE Featured Places BISBEE Back to top Optimo Hatworks Milliner and Renovator Everyone has a different reason… Read more »

Things to Do

Are you looking for things to do in Tucson? Tucson Guide breaks down the best attractions in Southern Arizona. Our list of activities offers endless entertainment for Arizona tourists & the local Old Pueblo community. Uncover hidden gems from Downtown Tucson to the O.K. Corral Gunfight in Tombstone, plan for hours of year-round family fun…. Read more »

To the Top of Tumamoc

What I learned from walking up a big little hill near downtown Tucson | By Heather Wuelpern After spending two weeks in Italy devouring plates of pasta, trying every flavor of gelato, and sipping prosecco daily, I knew I had to jumpstart my workout routine when I returned to Tucson. I set my alarm for 5:30 a.m…. Read more »

Tucson’s Hidden Gems

Discover the most extraordinary murals in and around the Old Pueblo | By Amanda Oien Tucson is known for its pigmented sunsets that swallow up the sky, creating a backdrop for the indigo mountains. But as you may find while exploring the Old Pueblo, the color isn’t just in the sky—it’s on walls, down mainstreets, side streets,… Read more »