Here are some activities to consider during your stay.
Nogales, Sonora, Mexico
That little mountain that overlooks the downtown area with the big “A” on it is called A Mountain or Sentinel Peak. The park is open to visitors and the view of Tucson from up top is something to see. You may pass some bicycle riders on your way up or down. Speaking of bikes, Tucson is very pro bicycle and you will see bike paths just about everywhere. If you enjoy riding bikes for fun, there just happens to be a bike path that circumvents the entire city. One side of it runs along our Rillito River, so people can walk, run or ride for miles, without having to stop for traffic. The bike path runs under the bridges that span the Rillito from North to South.
About 45 minutes to the Southeast of Tucson, a second, more dramatic hidden cave was discovered and kept secret by the family for many years before being sold to the State of Arizona. This cave is now called the Kartchner Caverns. The main room was prepared to protect the geology of the cave before it could be opened to the public. This cave has been perfectly preserved since it was never open to the public until recently. The main room is so large that only the Carlsbad Caverns can compare. It has been hailed as Arizona’s best attraction, (next to the Grand Canyon of course.)
Davis Monthan Air Force Base
Tucson is also the home of Davis Monthan Air Force Base. Each year the base is open for one weekend in March to allow the public to see historic and modern aircraft up close, in addition to seeing the Thunderbirds perform their incredible tight formation stunts.
University of Arizona Wildcats
Tucson is the home of the University of Arizona Wildcats. The U of A campus offers museums, art galleries, exhibits, and often times sponsored activities on the mall (main strip of grass located in the center of the campus). Of course, Basketball and Football games draw huge crowds so check your schedule before you try parking near the U of A stadium.
Downtown Saturday Night
If you want to see the nightlife in downtown Tucson, be sure to check out Downtown Saturday Night, which is a family-friendly event held every 2nd Saturday of the month. They close the streets down to traffic so people can mill about and enjoy the galleries, evening entertainment, food, street performers, etc.
Winterhaven Festival of Lights
If you are here during the Christmas holidays, one community in Tucson has staged a neighborhood Christmas lighting event for the last 60 years or so-called the Winterhaven Festival of Lights. Each year the decorations are even more impressive than the last. On certain days, they shut down traffic from coming and going to allow children and visitors to safely walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the show.
San Xavier del Bac
For you, history buffs, don’t miss out on exploring the missions that were built by the first conquerors to inhabit the southwest. Father Kino established the San Xavier del Bac located in Tucson, which is still in operation. A short trip south to the town of Tubac, you will find the old Presidio San Ignacio de Tubac. Tumacacori will take you back in time when you step into La Mision San Jose de Tumacori. Be sure to check out the museum which teaches just how difficult life was in the area for those who tried to establish this mission.