15 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

15 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

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Tucson
— 5 nights
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Mount Lemmon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Willcox
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tombstone
— 4 nights
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Tucson — 5 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Madaras Gallery. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mission San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori National Historical Park. Step out of Tucson to go to Picacho and see Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch, which is approximately 1 hour away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Saguaro National Park. And it doesn't end there: cruise along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, sample the tasty concoctions at Pueblo Vida Brewing Company, examine the collection at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, and take some stellar pictures from Gates Pass.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Tucson online itinerary maker.

Los Angeles to Tucson is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also fly; or drive; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Los Angeles to Tucson. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, things will get somewhat warmer in Tucson: highs are around 96°F and lows about 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mount Lemmon.
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Mount Lemmon — 2 nights

Most visitors take a trip to Mount Lemmon to visit Summerhaven, a small town providing a summer residence for many.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stop by Mt Lemmon General Store and then hit the slopes at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the stunning scenery at Aravaipa Canyon and then take in the awesome beauty at Santa Catalina Mountains.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Mount Lemmon driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tucson to Mount Lemmon takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 96°F in August, and nighttime lows around 73°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Willcox.
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Willcox — 3 nights

Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. You'll explore and learn at Amerind Museum and The Thing. Step out of the city life by going to Chiricahua National Monument and Fort Bowie National Historic Site. The adventure continues: hike along Heart of Rocks and experience rural life at Apple Annie's You-Pick Orchard.

To find reviews and tourist information, you can read our Willcox trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Mount Lemmon to Willcox in 2.5 hours. August in Willcox sees daily highs of 96°F and lows of 71°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Tombstone.
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Tombstone — 4 nights

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.
Popular historic sites such as Boothilll Graveyard and Allen Street are in your itinerary. You'll explore and learn at O.K. Corral and Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park. Explore Tombstone's surroundings by going to The Nature Conservancys Ramsey Canyon Preserve (in Hereford), Kartchner Caverns State Park (in Benson) and Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds (in Patagonia). There's more to do: stop by Johnny One Dog's Tombstone Sarsaparilla and take an unorthodox tour of Bird Cage Theatre.

To find out how to plan a trip to Tombstone, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Willcox to Tombstone in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Willcox in August, expect Tombstone to be little chillier, temps between 87°F and 66°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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