Day 2: The Tucson Mountains
One of the best ways to get a sense of the natural world surrounding Tucson is by visiting the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum. 80% of the museum is outside so you experience the flora and fauna of the desert in its natural surroundings. They have 16 botanical gardens and miles of trails to explore through different desert environments. It will be hot and sunny to try to visit early in the day (it opens at 7:30 or 8:30 depending on the season). Plan to have lunch at the Museum as there are not many food options in this area. For the afternoon take a scenic drive through Saguaro National Park West on the Bajada Loop Drive. The 6-mile dirt road will take you into the spectacular foothills of the Tucson Mountains. You can also stop by Old Tucson, a town built by Columbia Pictures in 1939, where over 300 movies and TV shows have been made over the years or take a hike in Saguaro Park. Time your departure to grab a great sunset at Gate’s Pass.
Next: Day Three – Santa Catalina Mountains