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? Check out 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. Our favorites include the rustic olive, super seed whole wheat, Polish Emmer and Rye. Every loaf we’ve purchased is fantastic, so you really can’t go wrong.
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 SouthWinds Farm, 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. Check out our work exchange experience on SouthWinds 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.
Enjoy a Different Type of Movie Experience
Roadhouse Cinemas is the best dine-in movie theatre in Tucson. Complete with reclining seats, a full bar with local beers on tap and a menu that ranges from burgers and nachos to salads and sandwiches. With happy hours and early bird specials, you don’t have to break the bank to watch a movie. We watch The Mule for $5 per ticket. For all you popcorn lovers, buy a Roadhouse t-shirt for $24.95 and receive free popcorn each time you wear your shirt to the movies.
Explore Tucson in a Rental RV
If you ever thought about renting an RV, Tucson is a great destination to explore in a small rental camper. From free camping on BLM to luxury RV resorts, there is no shortage of places where you can stay in a rental RV. Browse available RV rentals in Tucson.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 8, 2018 and has been updated for comprehensiveness.