Things to Do While in Tucson

At Least Some of Them

The PlaceWebpageTime to Get ThereDescription
Sonoran Desert Museumhttp://www.desertmuseum.org30 MinutesThis is a "must see" if you are new to the desert, particularly the Sonoran Desert that surrounds Tucson.
Sabino Canyonhttp://www.sabinocanyon.com30 MinutesGreat hiking trails submergerd in spectacular canyon scenery.
Catalina State Parkhttps://azstateparks.com/catalina30 MinutesBeautiful trail up into the northwest end of the Catalina mountains
Saguraro National Monumenthttps://www.nps.gov/sagu/index.htm30 MinutesWestern half of monument borders the AZ-Sonoran Desert Museum, eastern half is has great hiking trails, and a beautiful loop drive. It is a favorite destination for bicyclists.
Madera Canyonhttp://www.friendsofmaderacanyon.org45 MinutesHiking trails through changing environs of oak and pine trees mixed with cactus climbing high into the Santa Rita Mountains south of Tucson.
Mt. Lemmonhttps://www.fs.usda.gov/coronado/1 HourThis day trip up to Mt. Lemmon is a special treat in the summertime where temperatures are in the low 70's at the top. One hour to get there if you don't stop, but you will.
Chiricahua Mountainshttps://www.nps.gov/chir/index.htm2 HoursRemote area south of Wilcox with incredible rock formations.
Titan Missile Museumhttp://www.titanmissilemuseum.org30 MinutesA de-activated remnant of the Cold War you won't see anywhere else. This was the real thing, not a mock-up.
Pima Air and Space Museumhttp://www.pimaair.org20 MinutesFrom the Wright Flyer (replica) to the SR-71. They've got planes of all types and vintages. It helps that Davis-Monthan AFB Reclamation center is nearby.
San Xavier del Bachttp://www.sanxaviermission.org30 MinutesTucson's pre-revolutionary past. Founded in 1692, the church was completed in 1792. Try some indian fry bread while you're there.
Kartchner Cavernshttps://azstateparks.com/kartchner1 HourLarge cave system discovered in the mid-70's. It was concealed from the public until the late 80's to preserve it's undamaged state.
Tombstone, AZhttp://tombstoneweb.com1.5 HoursBoot Hill, OK Corral, Crystal Palace Saloon, Big Nose Kates to name a few. Lots of western theme shopping.
Tumacacori Missionhttps://www.nps.gov/tuma/index.htm1 HourEstablished one year before San Xavier del Bac, the ruins still remain. Check out the bar across the street, if they're open, and the Santa Cruz Chile Factory store a little further south (closed on Sundays)
Amerind Foundationhttp://www.amerind.org1.5 HoursImmediately off the interstate you'll drive through Texas Canyon on the way to the Amerind Foundation established in the thirties to foster knowledge of the american indians. This was the land roamed by the apache indians-Geronimo, Cochise, Mangas Coloradas, Victorio, Dahteste, Lozen.
Queen Mine Tours and Bisbee, AZhttp://www.queenminetour.com2 HoursUnderground copper mine tour located in Bisbee, AZ, a unique place worth the visit on its own. The tour is great, and Bisbee is fun to visit.
Kitt Peak Observatoryhttps://www.noao.edu/kpvc/2 HoursAstronomer's paradise!
Tubac Presidiohttps://azstateparks.com/tubac1 HoursPart of the spanish mission legacy, Tubac is the home of many art galleries.