32 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona & Jacksonville Itinerary

32 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona & Jacksonville Itinerary

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32 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona & Jacksonville Itinerary

Start: Asheville
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Willcox
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tombstone
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ajo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Tucson
— 10 nights
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
5
Jacksonville
— 9 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Asheville

4
nights
Willcox

Willcox ©
Willcox is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, United States. Get in touch with nature at Chiricahua National Monument and Forever Home Donkey Rescue. Museum-lovers will appreciate Amerind Foundation Museum and Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Cave Creek Canyon (in Portal) and Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area (in Safford). There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Bodega Pierce, tour the pleasant surroundings at Heart of Rocks, hike along Cochise Stronghold, and identify plant and animal life at Willcox Playa Wildlife Area.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Willcox holiday planner .

Asheville to Willcox is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Asheville to Willcox. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Asheville in October, with highs in Willcox at 84°F and lows at 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Willcox

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

Gila Box Riparian National Conservation Area, Amerind Foundation Museum, Dwayne's Fresh Jerky, Cochise Stronghold, Forever Home Donkey Rescue
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Chiricahua National Monument ©
Chiricahua National Monument
Amerind Foundation Museum ©
Amerind Foundation Museum
Bodega Pierce ©
Bodega Pierce

5
nights
Tombstone

Tombstone ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at O.K. Corral and Lightning Ridge Cellars. Popular historic sites such as Boothilll Graveyard and Allen Street are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tombstone: Kartchner Caverns State Park (in Benson), Hereford (The Nature Conservancys Ramsey Canyon Preserve & Coronado Peak Trail) and Miller Canyon (in Sierra Vista). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, look for gifts at Arlene's S.W. Silver & Gold, examine the collection at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, and get engrossed in the history at Tombstone's Historama.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tombstone trip website .

Getting from Willcox to Tombstone by car takes about 1.5 hours. October in Tombstone sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Ajo.

Things to do in Tombstone

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sierra Vista, Benson, Hereford, Patagonia, Empire-Cienega Resource Conservation Area
Highlights from your plan
O.K. Corral ©
O.K. Corral
Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park

2
nights
Ajo

Ajo ©
Ajo is a census-designated place (CDP) in Pima County, Arizona, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Quitobaquito Spring, then explore the fascinating landscape at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, then go deep underground at New Cornelia Open Pit Mining Lookout, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Federated Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): cruise along Puerto Blanco Scenic Drive, then take an in-depth tour of Ajo Historical Museum, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Ajo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Tombstone to Ajo takes 3.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Tombstone in October, with highs in Ajo at 91°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tucson.

Things to do in Ajo

Parks Wildlife Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument ©
Quitobaquito Spring ©
Quitobaquito Spring
Ajo Historical Museum ©
Ajo Historical Museum

10
nights
Tucson

Tucson ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Mission San Xavier del Bac and Tumacacori National Historical Park are in your itinerary. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Titan Missile Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Tucson side-trips: Tubac (Lone Mountain Turquoise & K Newby Gallery & Sculpture Garden), Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory (in Mount Lemmon) and Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge (in Arivaca). There's much more to do: examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum, explore the landscape on two wheels at Fantasy Island, explore the striking landscape of Saguaro National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Sweetwater Wetlands Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Tucson visit planner .

You can drive from Ajo to Tucson in 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Tucson when traveling from Ajo in October, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Jacksonville.

Things to do in Tucson

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sahuarita, Tubac, Charron Vineyards, Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, Wild Burro Trail
Highlights from your plan
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum ©
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Pima Air and Space Museum ©
Pima Air and Space Museum
Mission San Xavier del Bac ©
Mission San Xavier del Bac

9
nights
Jacksonville

Jacksonville ©
The sprawling city of Jacksonville is not only Florida's most populous city, but also the largest city by land area in the continental United States.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, Inc. and Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. We've included these beaches for you: St. Augustine Beach and Sunset Pier Park. Get out of town with these interesting Jacksonville side-trips: St. Augustine (St. Augustine Distillery, St. Augustine Wild Reserve, & more), Saint Simons Island (Christ Church & Wesley United Methodist Church) and Jekyll Island (Driftwood Beach, Faith Chapel, & more). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, immerse yourself in nature at Fort George Island Cultural State Park, get a new perspective on nature at Florida Museum of Natural History, and deepen your knowledge of military history at Fort Clinch State Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Jacksonville trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Tucson to Jacksonville in 9 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tucson to Jacksonville is 2 hours. When traveling from Tucson in October, plan for slightly colder days in Jacksonville, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Jacksonville

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

St. Augustine, Jekyll Island, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Saint Simons Island
Highlights from your plan
St. Augustine Distillery ©
St. Augustine Distillery
St. Augustine Beach ©
St. Augustine Beach

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