Top things to do in Southern Arizona

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 i…
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 (boo-ey) is the closest you'll come to time tra…
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 half a day e…
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 that are fantastical, historical and plain intriguing. You can also walk over a s…
Top Choice National Park in Southern Arizona

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 has two campgrounds and plenty of hik…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Tucson

Tumerico

How do we love thee? Let us count the ways: ranchero tacos stuffed with veggies and jackfruit, Frida Kahlo tostadas and cilantro pesto sopes (topped tortillas), coconut curry bowls, kombucha on tap and CBD lattes. T…
Top Choice Mexican in Tucson

Cafe Poca Cosa

Chef Suzana Davila's award-winning nuevo-Mexican bistro is a must for fans of Mexican food in Tucson. A Spanish-English blackboard menu circulates between tables because dishes change twice daily – it's all freshly …
Top Choice American in Bisbee

Cafe Roka

Past the art nouveau steel door awaits this sensuously lit grown-up spot with innovative American cuisine that is at once smart and satisfying. The four-course dinners include salad, soup, sorbet and a rotating choi…