Arizona State Museum: The oldest and largest anthropological museum in the Southwest. Pottery, artifacts, photographs and little known facts about the daily routines of prehistoric Native American civilizations are showcased.
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Ranked as one of the top zoos and botanical gardens in the country. This internationally famous living museum features native birds, beasts and botany in native habitats and outdoor setting. Bicycling: Tucson is a bicycling paradise and was ranked by Bicycling magazine as one of the top three North American cities for “Spinning Your Wheels” for our well paved paths, bike lanes on major streets, and scenic mountain biking trails.
Biosophere 2 Center: Columbia University’s Biosophere 2 Center is a world renowned experiment in creating a closed eco-system. Bisbee & Tombstone, Arizona: A great day trip to two of Arizona’s unique historic towns. Historic Bisbee, the infamous mining boomtown, is now an arts and architectural oasis and the Copper Queen Mine. Tombstone—the “town too tough to die”—is the site of a fascinating chapter in American history, home to notorious saloons and the Gunfight at the OK Corral.
Colossal Cave Mountain Park:Dry cavern and historic site; crystal-filled hollow mountain, previously home to American Indian families and cowboy outlaws, is now the scene of underground candlelight tours.
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium: On the nearby University of Arizona’s campus, this science museum provides a varied collection of exhibits from hands-on science demonstrations to one of the largest mineral displays in the country.
Hiking: Our lush desert, rugged mountains, spectacular scenery, and mild weather are irresistible to those who love the outdoors. Hiking is one of Tucson’s most popular activities. Hundreds of miles of trails can take you from the desert floor to our cool mountain peaks. Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is available at a variety of stables within a 30 minute drive of the Inn offering a variety of outings from one hour trail rides to overnight campouts.
International Wildlife Museum: Natural history museum with interactive exhibits and dioramas and nature films.
Kartchner Cavern State Park: Arizona’s newest attraction. An ancient limestone cave dripping with colorful formations, recently discovered and opened to the public.
Kitt Peak National Observatory: Home to the world’s greatest concentration of telescopes for stellar, solar and planetary research.
Mission San Xavier del Bac: One of the country’s finest examples of Spanish mission architecture, newly-restored San Xavier del Bac was founded in the 1700’s and endures as museum and active church parish.
Nogales, Sonora: A festive Mexican marketplace featuring homemade crafts and goods.
Old Tucson Studios: World famous western film location and Western theme park with a steam engine, stagecoach, saloon shows, gold-panning, and daily staged gunfights.
Pima Air Museum & Aerospace: One of the largest collections of historic aircraft in the U.S. including museum exhibits-250 rare aircraft, experience flight in simulator, Challenger Learning Center.
Reid Park Zoo: One of the finest small zoos in the country with nearly 500 exotic animals. Many on endangered species list involved in captive breeding programs.
Sabino Canyon: A true desert oasis with abundant wildlife and some of the area’s most spectacular views. Hike the canyon by foot or by narrated shuttle, by day or moonlight.
Saguaro National Park East and West: The Sonoran Desert is the only place in the world where the giant saguaro cactus grows. The two locations of the Saguaro National Park have the largest concentration of these cactus.
University of Arizona Museum of Art: Includes European and American art from the Renaissance to the present. On the U of A campus.
Tucson Golf: Tucson has an amazing array of world-class golf courses in a dramatic desert setting plus 350 days of sunshine in which to play!