Tucson Day Trip. How to spend one perfect day in Tucson
If you’re a tourist visiting Tucson for a short trip, or a local entertaining guests from afar, we’re here to lend a helping hand. Read on to discover an example of One perfect day in Tucson Arizona (with alternatives). Tucson Arizona is located just under 2 hours south of Phoenix AZ area.
Begin the day exploring a cave.
During this trip we visited Colossal Cave Mountain Park located in Vail Arizona (30 minutes south of Tucson
Colossal Cave Mountain Park is a 2,400-acre Park which showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave tours, Western trail rides, camping, picnicking are available.
The Regular tour route is a half mile long and takes about 45-50 minutes to complete. As your guide relates the Cave’s history, legends, and geology, you walk down and back up about six and a half stories (363 stair steps) and see beautiful cave formations like stalactites, stalagmites, flowstone, boxwork, and helictites.
Tours are given daily, on the hour, year-round. You need no special clothing in the Cave, which is always 70 degrees and dry and you are welcome to take pictures inside.
You also have two other tour options: Wind cave tour or Ladder Tour.
Alternatives: Begin in Tombstone or Kartchner Caverns We previously visited both on a different trip and highly recommend both.
Tombstone is a town in southeastern Arizona, known for its Wild West history. Exhibits at the Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park include a replica gallows. On historic Allen Street, the O.K. Corral outdoor theater re-enacts an 1881 cowboy gunfight. Resident ghosts are said to haunt the bullet-riddled Bird Cage Theatre. Outlaws are among the local townsfolk buried at the 1878 Boothill Cemetery.
Kartchner Caverns State Park is a state park of Arizona, United States, featuring a show cave with 2.4 miles of passages. The park is located 9 miles south of the town of Benson
Grab a bite to eat
After the cave tour we were ready for lunch and chose Barrio Brewing Company.
Barrio Brewing Co. found its first home in 1991 at a little restaurant near the University of Arizona campus popularly known as Gentle Ben’s. The property was called “Dirtbags West,” but quickly reinstated the original name of the location (circa 1971) and added “Brewing Company” to the title. Today, the offerings of Barrio Brewing Co. include two Great American Beer Fest Medal Winners (Bronze for the Barrio Rojo in 2015 & Gold for Nolan’s Porter in 2008) as well as the longest continually-brewed beer in the State of Arizona—the Barrio Blonde. Now Barrio Blonde, Rojo, and Blanco cans can be found in markets across the state of Arizona, and the entire catalog can be sampled on draft from Tucson to Flagstaff.
The menu is diverse from burgers, paninis, app, soups/salads, etc. They are known for their Spinach and Artichoke dip, Diane Burger and Carne Asada Quesadilla. My kids opted for the kids chicken tenders & frys. My hubby and I shared the black and blue burger. It was delicious! After our delicious meal we had a few options on the table but decided to head over to Golf n Stuff.
Golf N Stuff
I discovered Golf N Stuff since we have a Pogo Pass Membership. . It was a beautiful day so we decided to give it a try and so glad we did.
Golf N’ Stuff Tucson offers a variety of affordable, fun, and interactive entertainment for all ages! With so much to do, including Miniature Golf, Lit’l Indy Raceway Go-Karts, Laser Tag, Bumper Boats, Batting Cages and arcade.
We started with the Go-Karts. We zoomed around the track, moved onto the bumper boats, then off to 18 holes of mini golf and ended in the arcade. The entire place reminds me of an 80’s movie. Do you remember the scene in Karate Kid when the guy meets the girl at a place like this?
Alternatives: Visit Old Tucson or Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum or hike at Saguaro National Park
Old Tucson is where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! Whether you’re looking for a day of Western fun and entertainment for your family or for your company, Old Tucson is the perfect location to take a step back in time. Old Tucson offers fun for the whole family, including Western Experiences: Gunfights, saloon muscials, living history presentations, film history tours and a train ride.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre (40 ha) zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, it features two miles (3.2 km) of walking paths traversing 21 acres (8.5 ha) of desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona. The nonprofit organization focuses on the interpretation of the natural history, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. The museum is home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants. It is open every day through the year, and hosts nearly 400,000 visitors annually, including visitors from abroad.
Old Tucson and Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are right down the road from each other. Last time we visited both on the same day.
Saguaro National Park is in southern Arizona. Its 2 sections are on either side of the city of Tucson. The park is named for the large saguaro cactus, native to its desert environment. In the western Tucson Mountain District, Signal Hill Trail leads to petroglyphs of the ancient Hohokam people. In the eastern Rincon Mountain District, Cactus Forest Drive is a loop road with striking views of the desert landscape.
Amazing way to end one perfect day in Tucson
After our amazing day we stayed at the Hampton Inn in Tucson. It was one of the nicer Hampton Inns we had stayed at. My husband travels a ton for work and had hotel points for the stay. We could have easily drove home but decided to stay over instead. We choose North for dinner and it was amazing. It was a great meal and the perfect way to end the day.
Get out, Explore and Enjoy!