12 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

12 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tucson and Southern Arizona trip planner

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Fly to Phoenix, Shuttle to Tucson
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Tucson
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tombstone
— 3 nights
Drive
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Willcox
— 3 nights
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Tucson

— 5 nights

Old Pueblo

One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Take a break from Tucson with a short trip to Santa Catalina Mountains in Mount Lemmon, about 1h 5 min away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum, walk around Tohono Chul, and take in the architecture and design of University of Arizona.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Tucson attractions planner.

New York City to Tucson is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from New York City to Tucson, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Tucson, with highs around 92°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Tombstone

— 3 nights

Town Too Tough to Die

Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Go for a jaunt from Tombstone to Benson to see Double R Ranch about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get the lay of the land with Tombstone Walking Tours, take in the exciting artwork at Belleza Fine Art Gallery, get engrossed in the history at O.K. Corral, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Boothilll Graveyard.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tombstone day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tucson to Tombstone in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Tucson in September, with highs in Tombstone at 84°F and lows at 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Willcox.

Things to do in Tombstone

Museums · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Willcox

— 3 nights
Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Wed): trek along Heart of Rocks, pause for some photo ops at Chiricahua National Monument, and then learn about winemaking at Keeling Schaefer Vineyards. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Marcia's Garden Soap Shop, do a tasting at Bodega Pierce, then learn about winemaking at Coronado Vineyards, and finally look for gifts at The Thing.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Willcox trip builder.

You can drive from Tombstone to Willcox in 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Tombstone in September: highs in Willcox hover around 91°F, while lows dip to 66°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Willcox

Wineries · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips