Category: Explore

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

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 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

Editor’s note: Tucson Guide’s “52 Things to Do” are listed in no particular order. All information given here was accurate at press time. You may want to phone for confirmation prior to visiting these attractions. Featured Places Tucson Festival of Books Bibliophiles, rejoice! This 10th annual celebration of literacy and reading (held March 2 and… 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 »

Arizona’s Secret Canyon

Remote, lush & diverse, steal away to Aravaipa Canyon. | By Edie Jarolim Looking to escape civilization and its discontents? Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, a desert oasis tucked away between Tucson and Phoenix, might just be the place. The Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) parcels out only 50 permits a day to enter the 19,410-acre preserve, thus minimizing… Read more »

Sailing in the Desert

Learn the ropes and set sail with a welcoming community of sailors | By Heather Wuelpern When people think of Tucson, images of saguaros, roadrunners, or Sonoran hot dogs might come to mind. But sailing? It’s not a joke. In fact, the Tucson Sailing Club set anchor in the Old Pueblo back in 1970 and has been… Read more »