Attractions

Top Choice National Park in Tucson

Saguaro National Park

Saguaros (sah-wah-ros) are icons of the American Southwest, and an entire cactus army of these majestic, ribbed sentinels is protected in this desert playground. Or, more precisely, playgrounds: the park is divided …
Top Choice Fort in Southern Arizona

Fort Bowie National Historic Site

Somewhere between the abandoned stagecoach stop and the sun-bleached cemetery, it hits you: this hike is a little spooky. Why? Because the 1.5-mile trail to Fort Bowie (pronounded 'Boo-ey') is the closest you'll com…
Top Choice Cave in Benson

Kartchner Caverns State Park

This wonderland of spires, shields, pipes, columns, soda straws and other ethereal formations has been five million years in the making, but miraculously wasn't discovered until 1974. In fact, its very location was …
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Home to cacti, coyotes and palm-sized hummingbirds, this 98-acre ode to the Sonoran Desert is one-part zoo, one-part botanical garden and one-part museum – a trifecta that'll entertain young and old for easily half …
Top Choice National Park in Southern Arizona

Chiricahua National Monument

Named for the Chiricahua Apaches whose land this is, this wild and evocative landscape is one of Arizona's most stunning. Improbably baroque 'sculptures' of compacted, eroded volcanic ash are spread across nearly 12…
Top Choice Museum in Tucson

Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures

Divided into the Enchanted Realm, Exploring the World and the History Gallery, this delightful museum of miniatures presents dioramas fantastical, historical and plain intriguing. You can also walk over a snow-globe…
Top Choice National Park in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Anyone seeking solitude beneath big, blue, open skies will love the crowdless scenery of this stunning national park. Home to 28 species of cacti and a wide variety of fauna, it boasts two campgrounds and plenty of …
Historic Building in Tucson

Mission San Xavier del Bac

The dazzling white towers of this mission rise from the dusty desert floor 8 miles south of Tucson – a mesmerizing structure that brings an otherworldly glow to the scrubby landscape surrounding it. Nicknamed 'White…
Observatory in Southern Arizona

Kitt Peak National Observatory

Dark, clear desert skies are the raison d'être for the Kitt Peak National Observatory, the world's largest collection of optical telescopes. Two radio telescopes and 22 optical telescopes sit atop a spectacular 6875…
Science Center in Southern Arizona

Biosphere 2

Built to be completely sealed off from Biosphere 1 (the earth), Biosphere 2 is 3 acres of glass domes and pyramids containing six ecosystems: ocean, mangrove, rainforest, savannah, desert and city. In 1991, eight bi…