20 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

20 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tucson and Southern Arizona trip planner

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Tucson
— 7 nights
Drive
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Mount Lemmon
— 2 nights
Drive
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Clifton
— 1 night
Drive
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Willcox
— 5 nights
Drive
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Tombstone
— 4 nights
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Tucson

— 7 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.
Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Saguaro National Park. There's lots more to do: take a memorable drive along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, explore the stunning scenery at Sabino Canyon, admire the natural beauty at Tucson Botanical Gardens, and walk around Tohono Chul.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tucson trip builder tool.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Tucson. In October, daily temperatures in Tucson can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mount Lemmon.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Nature · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Mount Lemmon

— 2 nights
Most visitors take a trip to Mount Lemmon to visit Summerhaven, a small town providing a summer residence for many.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stop by Mt Lemmon General Store and then see the sky in a new way at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Oracle State Park and then engage your brain at Biosphere 2.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mount Lemmon online road trip planner.

Drive from Tucson to Mount Lemmon in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 87°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to travel to Clifton.

Things to do in Mount Lemmon

Childrens Museums · Museums · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Clifton

— 1 night
Clifton is a town in and the county seat of Greenlee County, Arizona, United States, along the San Francisco River. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take a memorable drive along Coronado Trail and then cruise along Coronado Trail - National Scenic Byway.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Clifton online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mount Lemmon to Clifton takes 4 hours. Traveling from Mount Lemmon in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Clifton, with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Willcox.

Things to do in Clifton

Scenic Drive · Outdoors

Willcox

— 5 nights
Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Willcox side-trips: Pearce (Keeling Schaefer Vineyards & Marcia's Garden Soap Shop). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Chiricahua National Monument, ponder the world of politics at Willcox Depot, hike along Cochise Stronghold, and learn about winemaking at Zarpara Vineyard.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Willcox day trip planner.

You can drive from Clifton to Willcox in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in October, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Willcox

Wineries · Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tombstone

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tombstone: Benson (Kartchner Caverns State Park & Double R Ranch). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of O.K. Corral, look for gifts at Johnny One Dog's Tombstone Sarsaparilla, delve into the mystery of Bird Cage Theatre, and examine the collection at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tombstone trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Willcox to Tombstone in 1.5 hours. In October in Tombstone, expect temperatures between 80°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Tombstone

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips