Arizona Bucket List ~ Tucson and Southern Arizona Region

Today’s region takes us to the far south of the state and features, most prominently, the city of Tucson.


  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: Home of the famed organ pipe cactus, a rare type of cactus.


  • Fort Bowie National Historic Site: This was a 19th century outpost of the United States Army.


  • Patagonia Lake State Park: Popular for swimming and camping.


  • Titan Missile Museum: Visit an old missile site dating back to the Cold War era.


  • Kitt Peak National Observatory: Located high above the Tuscon area, this observatory hosts a visitor center and several nighttime programs.


  • Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park: Home to many sites in the legendary Wild West town of Tombstone.


  • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park: Preserves the ruins of the Presidio and also gives a timeline of the settlement of the area.
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park: Park protects ruins of three Spanish mission communities.


  • Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum: Contains a zoo, aquarium, botanical garden and natural history museum.
  • Ironwood Forest National Monument: Preserving the forest of ironwood trees, this is located in the Sonoran Desert.
  • The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures: Come explore the history of the world through the use of miniature dioramas.
  • Mission Garden: This is a living agricultural museum.
  • Sabino Canyon: Beautiful canyon area to explore north of Tucson.
  • Saguaro National Park: Home to the giant saguaro cactus!


  • Chiricahua National Monument: Area protects extensive hoodoos and balancing rocks.

All attractions can be found in the 2019 Arizona Travel Guide.





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