22 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

22 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Tucson and Southern Arizona itinerary planner

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Fly to Phoenix, Train to Tucson
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Tucson
— 12 nights
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Willcox
— 3 nights
Drive
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Tombstone
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ajo
— 1 night
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Tucson

— 12 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Franklin Auto Museum and Tumacacori National Historical Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tucson Mountain Park and The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tucson: Tubac (Tubac Golf Resort & Tubac Presidio State Historic Park) and Vail (Del Lago Golf Club & Colossal Cave Mountain Park). There's much more to do: awaken your taste buds at Arizona Winery Tours, take some stellar pictures from Gates Pass, immerse yourself in nature at Catalina State Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Augustine Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Tucson trip planner.

Edinburgh, UK to Tucson is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -7 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Edinburgh in December: highs in Tucson hover around 21°C, while lows dip to 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Willcox.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks · Museums · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Willcox

— 3 nights
Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Chiricahua National Monument and Amerind Museum. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Fort Bowie National Historic Site and Flying Leap Vineyards. Venture out of the city with trips to Keeling Schaefer Vineyards (in Pearce) and Safford (Roper Lake State Park & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Dwayne's Fresh Jerky.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Willcox day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tucson to Willcox in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Tucson in January: high temperatures in Willcox hover around 18°C and lows are around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Willcox

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wineries

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.
The Tombstone Epitaph and Flying Leap Vineyards & Distillery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arizona Hops and Vines and Rose Tree Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tombstone: Tucson Audubon's Paton Center for Hummingbirds (in Patagonia) and Sonoita Vineyards (in Elgin). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Old Bisbee Brewing Company, go deep underground at Queen Mine Tour, and go on a hair-raising tour with a ghost and vampire tour.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tombstone trip planner.

Getting from Willcox to Tombstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January in Tombstone, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 2°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ajo.

Things to do in Tombstone

Museums · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ajo

— 1 night
Ajo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona, United States. On the 19th (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Federated Church, then pause for some photo ops at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, and then identify plant and animal life at Quitobaquito Spring.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ajo sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Tombstone to Ajo in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Tombstone in January, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ajo, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ajo

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites