Bicycling: Tucson is a bicycling paradise and was ranked by Bicycling magazine as one of the top three North American cities for “Spinning Your Wheels” for our well paved paths, bike lanes on major streets, and scenic mountain biking trails.
Bird-watching: Southern Arizona has been internationally recognized as one of the 5 best bird-watching areas in the U.S., both in terms of species and climate.
Golf: Tucson has an amazing array of world-class golf courses in a dramatic desert setting plus 350 days of sunshine in which to play! Arrangements can be made through our Concierge at most local golf courses.
Hiking: Our lush desert, rugged mountains, spectacular scenery, and mild weather are irresistible to those who love the outdoors. Hiking is one of Tucson’s most popular activities. Hundreds of miles of trails can take you from the desert floor to our cool mountain peaks.
Horseback Riding: Horseback riding is available at a variety of stables within a 30 minute drive of the Inn offering a variety of outings from one hour trail rides to overnight campouts.
Mission San Xavier del Bac: One of the country’s finest examples of Spanish mission architecture, newly-restored San Xavier del Bac was founded in the 1700’s and endures as museum and active church parish. (25 minute drive)
Old Tucson Studios: World famous western film location and Western theme park with a steam engine, stagecoach, saloon shows, gold-panning, and daily staged gunfights. (30 minute drive)
Reid Park Zoo: One of the finest small zoos in the country with nearly 500 exotic animals; many on the endangered species list involved in captive breeding programs. (10 minute drive)
Sabino Canyon: A true desert oasis with abundant wildlife and some of the area’s most spectacular views. Hike the canyon by foot or by narrated shuttle, by day or moonlight. (25 minute drive)
Saguaro National Park East and West: The Sonoran Desert is the only place in the world where the giant saguaro cactus grows. The two locations of the Saguaro National Park have the largest concentration of these cactus. (30 minute drive)
Amerind Foundation: (Short for “American Indian”), the Amerind Foundation Museum contains one of the finest collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials in the country. (1 hour drive)
Bisbee & Tombstone, Arizona: A great day trip to two of Arizona’s unique historic towns. Historic Bisbee, the infamous mining boomtown, is now an arts and architectural oasis and the Copper Queen Mine. Tombstone—the “town too tough to die”—is the site of a fascinating chapter in American history, home to notorious saloons and the Gunfight at the OK Corral. (1 hour drive)
Colossal Cave Mountain Park: Dry cavern and historic site; crystal-filled hollow mountain, previously home to American Indian families and cowboy outlaws, is now the scene of underground candlelight tours. (40 minute drive)
University of Arizona Biosophere 2 Center: World renowned experiment in creating a closed eco-system. (45 minute drive)
Kartchner Caverns State Park: Arizona’s newest attraction. An ancient limestone cave dripping with colorful formations, recently discovered and opened to the public. (45 minute drive)
Kitt Peak National Observatory: Home to the world’s greatest concentration of telescopes for stellar, solar and planetary research. (1 hour drive)
Nogales, Sonora: A festive Mexican marketplace featuring homemade crafts and goods. (1 hour drive)
Tubac, Arizona: Admire mission architecture, browse galleries and shop in the village of Tubac, where art and history meet. (45 minute drive)
Arizona Historical Society Museum: Arizona’s oldest historical museum is the perfect introduction to the dramatic past of Arizona and northern Mexico. Permanent exhibits include period rooms, a life-size copper mine, and transportation hall. (10 minute drive)
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Ranked as one of the top zoos and botanical gardens in the country. This internationally famous living museum features native birds, beasts and botany in native habitats and outdoor setting. (25 minute drive)
Arizona State Museum: The oldest and largest anthropological museum in the Southwest. Pottery, artifacts, photographs and little known facts about the daily routines of prehistoric Native American civilizations are showcased. (10 minute drive)
Center for Creative Photography: This world-famous center houses over 50,000 prints including the largest collection of works by Ansel Adams in the world. (10 minute drive)
DeGrazia’s Gallery in the Sun: The former home, workshop, and gravesite of Tucson artist Ted de Grazia. DeGrazia designed and built the unusual chapel and art gallery with many of his personal favorites on permanent exhibit. (20 minute drive)
Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium: On the nearby University of Arizona’s campus, this science museum provides a varied collection of exhibits from hands-on science demonstrations to one of the largest mineral displays in the country. (10 minute drive)
International Wildlife Museum: Natural history museum with interactive exhibits and dioramas and nature films. (20 minute drive)