During our first visit to Tucson, the locals told us “when the hills are pink, it’s time for a drink.” Thanks to the beautiful sunsets in Tucson, the hills are always pink in the evening. Whether you’re looking for a cold beer or hot cup of coffee, there are plenty of drinks to choose from when the sun is going down. What about when the hills aren’t pink? Take a look at our round up of things to do in Tucson, Arizona.
Things to Do in Tucson Arizona
Grab a Loaf of Artisan Bread from Barrio Bread
For delicious award winning artisan bread, head to Barrio Bread. Don Guerra has been baking sourdough bread using a traditional method for several decades. The organic breads are baked daily with a wide selection to choose from including breads made with ancient grains. One of our favorite loafs is the 100% Red Fife with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.
Spend the Day with 350+ Historical Aircrafts
Across the street from Davis Monthan Air Force Base is the Pima Air and Space Museum. With over 350 historical aircrafts on display including six indoor exhibit hangars, there is a lot to see. If you’re able to plan in advance, check out the “Boneyard”/AMARG tour (reservations have to be made 10 business days in advance). Timing didn’t work out for us, but we heard the narrated tour of over 4,000+ military aircraft is worth taking.
Yes, There is Plenty of Hiking in Tucson
From Saguaro National Park to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, there are no shortage of hiking trails in Tucson. One popular hike is Seven Falls Trail in Sabino Canyon. There are also urban trails such as the Rillito River Park trail for cycling, walking, running and horseback riding.
Find Seasonal Produce at the Local Farmers Market
There are no shortages of local farmers markets in Tucson. The Sunday Rillito Park farmers market we like is organized by Heirloom Farmers Markets. There is a wide variety of seasonal, local produce to choose from and local food vendors serving up coffee, raw honey, goat cheese and more.
One of our favorite farm stands is Southwind Farms, dedicated to growing good food using organic and sustainable methods. Keep your eyes peeled for a red color “Real Farmer” flag in front of farm stands – learn more about the Get Real Certification.
Learn About Urban Farming at Tucson Village Farm
“TVF is a seed-to-table program designed to reconnect young people to a healthy food system, teach them how to grow and prepare fresh food, and empower them to make healthy life choices.” – Tucson Village Farm
Relax Outside with Live Music and Good Coffee
There’s a slight breeze caressing your face, the temperature is just right, and delightful melodies are playing in the background. Mercado San Augustin can offer that experience. The public market has a unique selection of restaurants and shops around a small, but charming courtyard. If you’re in town on Saturday, stop by for live music between 6-9 p.m. and grab a cup of pour over from Presta Coffee Roasters. Special thanks to our #WTRFamily member for the recommendation and meeting us there for a cup of coffee.
Tour a Real Missile at Titan Missile Museum
South of Tucson is the Titan Missile Museum, where visitors get a top-to-bottom tour of a real Titan II Missile. A total of 54 Titan II missile sites were built across the Unites States, this site (complete 571-7) is the only one left. There are five tour options to choose from starting with a one hour guided tour all the way up to an overnight experience. Ken was our tour guide and he was a wealth of knowledge.
Where to stay: there is free camping on BLM outside of town.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Tucson, Arizona?