Day Trips in Tucson, Arizona in 2021

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Tucson is a multicultural destination in the southwest, but the surrounding areas are no less beautiful. Arizona is an incredible destination for any vacation, with impressive canyons, sweeping planes, painted deserts, and historic towns. Below you will find the top day trips from Tucson that will provide you with exciting new experiences:

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

The wonder of Colossal Cave is just a short drive from Tucson. While the entire park is initially challenging by many, its different levels allow everyone to explore it. But the cave isn’t the only thing you’ll find here. Those who visit the caves love to go horseback riding, biking, hiking, and staying overnight in one of the many campgrounds.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns State Park is home to an exceptionally fascinating underground world that wasn’t discovered until the 1970s or opened to the public until the 1980s. Thanks to conservation efforts, Kartchner Caverns is still mostly untouched by humans. Visitors can take a guided tour and camp and spend the night at the park with access to nearby campgrounds and cabins. If you’re lucky, you can see the bats that call the cave home on their evening hunt.

Sonoita/Elgin Wine Trail

A perfect way to discover Arizona and maybe find a new favorite Cabernet or sparkler, the Sonoita/Elgin Wine Trail is the only wine region recognized by the federal government. With a fewer summer rainfall and an altitude of about 3,800 feet, the topography is a prime location for growing grapes. It’s relatively cool to live here (as opposed to the usual Arizona heat). The surrounding wilderness is an ideal location for explorers, hikers, mountain bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts because of its serenity and simplicity.

Chiricahua National Monument

The Chiricahua National Monument offers an unexpectedly good day out for those who would venture 37 miles off State Highway 186 for a day trip. There is so much to do at this park, including wildlife watching, hiking, horseback riding, camping, and more. In the comfort of a car, you can follow a scenic drive through the monument. Hikers of all fitness levels can hike the different trails, and shuttles are available from September to May between the two main trailheads. Ranger-led tours are available.

Sierra Vista

Just 75 minutes north of Tucson, Sierra Vista is nestled in a valley at the Huachuca Mountains foot and is becoming one of Arizona’s most popular attractions. A majestic mountain range surrounds several enjoyable activities, such as hiking trails, trails for biking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The nearby Natural Bridge Cave has a fascinating history, and there’s a brilliant Aquatic Center called The Cove with slides, jets, and pools. No trip to Tubac would be complete without seeing the night skies at the Patterson Observatory and eating Mexican food at one of its many restaurants.

Saguaro National Park

Both Saguaro National Park visitor centers are available in downtown Tucson, in two separate (and different) sections. They all have their unique surroundings with their particular features that attract people to spend time outdoors. Hiking and picnicking are particularly popular during the summer of this beautiful season. Mountain biking, horseback riding, scenic drives, wilderness hiking, backcountry camping, and wilderness camping are other popular park activities. Both parks have a cactus garden to admire, and the Junior Ranger Program nurtures an appreciation of nature in young children.

Go on a day trip! The adventures you can have outside of Tucson, whether you are in the mood for fishing adventures, historic ghost towns, or natural wonders, will be worth the ride. Enjoy your journey.

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