Tucson Adventure Guide

Get ready for an epic road trip adventure from Scottsdale to Tucson! With The Scottsdale Living as your ultimate guide, you’ll uncover a treasure trove of fun things to do, mouthwatering restaurants to satisfy your cravings, and the top accommodations for a cozy stay. Buckle up and get ready to hit the road for an unforgettable Tucson experience.  

Fun Things To Do:

  • Biosphere 2: Embark on a unique journey at Biosphere 2, a remarkable scientific research facility. Discover the intricacies of ecosystems housed within this sealed structure, and learn about the groundbreaking experiments conducted here. 
  • Colossal Cave Mountain Park: Explore the awe-inspiring underground beauty of Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Take a guided tour through stunning cave formations, learn about the area’s history, and soak in the natural wonders that await you.
  • Pima Air & Space Museum: Unleash your inner aviation enthusiast at the Pima Air & Space Museum. Discover an impressive collection of historic aircraft and learn about the fascinating world of aviation history and innovation.
  • University of Arizona Campus: Take a stroll through the vibrant campus of the University of Arizona. Admire the beautiful architecture, visit the renowned Arizona State Museum, and experience the energetic atmosphere of this esteemed educational institution.
  • San Xavier del Bac Mission: Visit the historic San Xavier del Bac Mission, a beautiful Spanish colonial mission known for its stunning architecture and religious significance. Take in the intricate artwork and soak in the spiritual atmosphere of this cultural treasure.
  • Kartchner Caverns State Park: Discover the hidden wonders of Kartchner Caverns State Park. Join a guided tour to explore magnificent underground chambers adorned with stunning formations, stalactites, and stalagmites.
  • Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway: Take a breathtaking drive along the Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, a stunning mountain road that offers panoramic vistas and an escape into nature. Alternatively, you can try a rock climbing tour for an exhilarating adventure.
  • Trail Dust Town: Step back in time at Trail Dust Town, a charming Western-themed attraction. Enjoy old-fashioned entertainment, unique shops, and mouthwatering dining options in this nostalgic setting.
  • Reid Park Zoo: Experience an adventure in wildlife at the Reid Park Zoo. Encounter fascinating animals from around the world and learn about conservation efforts in a family-friendly setting.
  • Saguaro National Park: Embark on a scenic hike through the majestic Saguaro National Park. Marvel at the iconic saguaro cacti, immerse yourself in the desert landscape, and embrace the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
  • Tucson Botanical Gardens: Immerse yourself in the beauty and tranquility of the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Explore diverse themed gardens, including stunning cacti and succulent displays, and appreciate the wonders of the Sonoran Desert’s flora.

Popular Restaurants To Try:

  • 5 Points Market & Restaurant: A cozy neighborhood spot offering a diverse menu of farm-to-table dishes and artisanal products.
  • Baja Cafe: A popular breakfast and brunch destination known for its creative twists on traditional favorites and flavorful Mexican-inspired dishes.
  • Barrio Charro: A vibrant Mexican restaurant serving up authentic flavors and delicious street-style tacos in a lively atmosphere.
  • Boca Tacos y Tequila: A must-visit for taco lovers, this eatery offers an impressive variety of inventive and mouthwatering taco creations.
  • Charro Steak: A steakhouse with a Mexican twist, offering high-quality cuts of meat and a blend of traditional and modern flavors.
  • El Berraco: A hidden gem for seafood enthusiasts, serving up fresh and flavorful dishes inspired by coastal Mexican cuisine.
  • El Charro Café: A Tucson institution, known for its rich history and serving traditional Sonoran-style Mexican dishes in a charming setting.
  • El Taco Rustico: A local favorite for authentic Mexican street tacos, featuring a variety of flavorful fillings and salsas.
  • Ginza Sushi: A top-notch sushi spot, showcasing expertly crafted rolls, sashimi, and other Japanese delicacies in an inviting atmosphere.
  • Li’l Abner’s Steakhouse: A classic steakhouse offering juicy steaks, hearty comfort food, and a warm and welcoming ambiance.
  • Maynards: A stylish and sophisticated restaurant, serving up contemporary American cuisine using locally sourced ingredients.
  • Reforma Cocina & Cantina: A modern Mexican eatery, combining traditional flavors with a creative twist and offering an extensive tequila selection.
  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink: A trendy pizzeria and bar, known for its artisanal pizzas, craft cocktails, and vibrant atmosphere.
  • Seis Kitchen: A casual eatery specializing in Mexican street food with a focus on regional flavors and fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
  • Taqueria Pico de Gallo: A beloved taqueria known for its authentic and affordable Mexican fare, including mouthwatering tacos and flavorful salsas.
  • Tito and Pep: A popular neighborhood restaurant, serving up creative American cuisine with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Tumerico: A vegetarian and vegan-friendly eatery offering flavorful plant-based dishes with a creative and international twist.
  • Vivace Restaurant: An elegant Italian restaurant known for its classic dishes, homemade pastas, and a cozy ambiance that transports you to Italy.

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