Category: Explore

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

Local Business Spotlight: Volare Helicopters

Get a bird’s eye view of greater Tucson with Volare Helicopter Tours. |By Christian Wlach |Video by Kristen Brockel, Christian Wlach, and Brielle Farmer Tasha and Tyler Sturges opened Volare in September of 2017 as a new way to explore greater Tucson. Tour flights take off from the airport in Marana, AZ. One of the… Read more »

Planes, Helicopters, History and More

Tucson’s Pima Air & Space Museum offers big fun for young and old alike  Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest aviation museums in the world, with more than 360 historic aircraft spread out over 80 acres. Six indoor exhibit hangars (three dedicated to WWII) also feature panoramas with artifacts, photos, and… Read more »

Local Business Spotlight: Active Fun at Arizona Zipline Adventures

|By Christian Wlach |Video by Kristen Brockel, Christian Wlach, and Brielle Farmer Emily Goff, along with two other Tucson-area locals, started Arizona Zipline Adventures (AZA) in 2016. Goff, who grew up on a cattle ranch in Oracle, AZ, saw the business as an opportunity to bring life back into a once-thriving community.  AZA is located… Read more »

The Iconic Movie Locations of Southern Arizona You’ve Never Heard Of

Take a ride through the dramatic Sonoran desert landscape that inspired Hollywood stars and directors. Old Tucson—known as Old Tucson Studios back when—has played host to more than 300 movies and television shows, and it can’t be matched for its sets. However, few know that movies filmed there often featured the panoramic backdrop of Marana’s… Read more »

Bisbee’s 18 Galleries

Experience the New Old West | By Andrew Schaeffer Embark on a delightful journey to the mining-turned artist community of Bisbee. With 18 galleries, 35 restaurants and restaurants, and more than 50 places to stay, this quirky town is perfect for an inspiring day trip or overnight stay from Tucson. Upon arriving in the historic… Read more »

Art and Soul

See original works of art at Artemizia Gallery | By Andrew Schaeffer There’s a clichéd phrase that often gets repeated in galleries by people who are only viewing works skin deep. “I may not know much about art, but I know what I like.” It’s perfectly fine for people who just want to see something… Read more »

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 »