Tucson + Southern Arizona

Tucson + Southern Arizona Travel Guide

On the Arizona side of the border town of Nogales (locals cross over seamlessly on an almost daily basis), this boot maker has been around since the 1950’s and sells handcrafted pairs from $500.

Go beyond the touristy town center to the northern boundary of town to see the burial site of many of Tombstone’s most infamous outlaws: the Clanton’s, McLaury’s, and more.

One of the town’s best galleries also has a sculpture garden.

Stop in to browse the landscape photographs.

Once a fort that marked the northern frontier of New Spain, the 150-year-old Old Town Artisans houses a cluster of charming shops (although the turquoise-jewelry quotient is a little high). The best part: sitting in the courtyard with a prickly-pear margarita.

Take the 1.5-hour guided tour of the tripped-out subterranean fantasia of soda-straw stalactites, stalagmites, and the tallest cave column in Arizona—a 58-foot, spotlit tower called Kubla Khan.

The property features a zoo, natural history museum, and botanical garden all in one venue.

Whether or not you’re a fan of Ted DeGrazia’s much reproduced art, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun is worth a visit: the adobe walls seem to glow in the morning light, and the open-air chapel, built by the artist in the 1950’s, features his colorful murals.

Sample the famous, locally harvested wares at Killer Bee Honey (where the golden syrup is flavored by mesquite and desert wildflowers).

The center consists of a gallery, music studios, crafts studios, and a community theater that recently staged the locally written production of Justa Café.

One of the world’s largest telescopes sits atop Mount Hopkins. Amateur astronomers can check out the scaled-down models at the visitors’ center, 10 miles below.

Check out the site of Tombstone’s most famous gunfight and, for a small fee, employ a guide with a horse-drawn replica stagecoach.

Tour the stunning Mission San Xavier del Bac, also known as the White Dove of the Desert; it’s often cited as the finest intact example of Mission architecture in the Southwest.