John Dickinson - Sightseeing in the Tucson, Arizona Area

John Dickinson

Sightseeing in the Tucson, Arizona Area

These Tucson sightseeing ideas were extracted from e-mail I sent to friends coming to Tucson. The links on this page seem to go out-of-date quickly. Expect some broken links. Search Google to learn more about things that interest you.

Things to do in the Tucson, Arizona area (in no special order):

  • Sabino Canyon is a nice place. It's is part of the Coronado National Forest You can ride a shuttle tram up the canyon and walk back or take the tram round-trip.

  • Tohono Chul Park is a very nice park sith short desert walks and lots of interesting desert and cactus to see.

  • The Pima Air Museum has 3 different locations - There is the main museum which is both indoors and outdoors. Find links on that page to the Titan Missile Museum which is some miles south - may require reservations. See also AMARG (Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center) which is the world's largest aircraft storage facility on Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Mind boggling. Aircraft as far as you can see in all directions. Here is some more information.

  • Mission San Xavier del Bac - If you are into this kind of thing it's one of the standard Tucson tourist stops.

  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum - This is very popular. Driving there over Gates Pass is quite a view in itself.

  • Mount Lemmon - the Coronado National Forest view You can drive up and do your own thing. Beautiful, but those with short time might be better off visiting Sabino Canyon. Check for possible road restrictions going up to Mount Lemmon.

  • Saguaro National Park East and West divisions. This private page on Saguaro National Park has more information. I like the East one better. This place really showcases the Saguaro cactus and the desert.

  • Kitt Peak National Observatory - This is a bit of a drive, but it is always cooler at the observatory elevation! You can go and just wander around, or check on tours. Has an interesting solar telescope. No food and few services available. You'll be lucky to find a vending machine for a drink.

  • University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography

  • The Karchner Caverns page really doesn't have enough pictures. Here's a review with some other nearby stuff. Karchner Caverns tours may booked up months in advance. It's a "world class" cave and absolutely as undisturbed as possible. It was a rare find and was protected since its initial discovery up through being opened to the public.

  • I find Bisbee which is southeast of Tombstone to be a very interesting place. It's an old mining town and it's like a step back in time to visit there. You can almost feel the time shift! Now many artists live there. There is a copper mine tour, and we took a motor tour of the area once. There is also the old and stately Copper Queen Hotel.

  • Attractions that aren't my first choice

  • Also see these other sites with links:

Some of these sights might take more time than you might imagine. Don't try to pack too much in. Some involve driving a bit to get there. In most cases I doubt you could do more than two a day and in some cases, just one would be plenty.


John Dickinson,