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Tucson: Guided Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Tucson: Guided Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Learn the story of a city that started with open spaces and rich agriculture and became an eclectic part of the southwestern United States on a walking food tour of Tucson. Start at The Mercado, an authentic Mexican marketplace, where you will sample a classic Mexican pastry. Next, find a delectable Sonoran treat made to perfection. Then, hop on a modern streetcar, diving deeper into the historic downtown before sampling a secret dish. For something lighter, take refreshment with a local favorite, where you will cool down with an expertly crafted tea. On your walk, see some local and national creative artistry up close and personal and hear the stories of how a humble farming village transformed into a vibrant, creative community. Move onward to discover a local infusion of Latin flair and Indian flavor. Finally, conclude the tour by sampling the delectable sweetness of a time-honored tradition as you pay homage to a Tucson icon.

Tucson: 5-Line Zipline Course in the Sonoran Desert

Tucson: 5-Line Zipline Course in the Sonoran Desert

Feel your adrenaline pumping as you ride 5 ziplines above the Sonoran Desert near Tucson. Explore the desert landscape on short hiking trails between the ziplines, and admire sweeping views over the scenic surroundings. Make your own way to the zipline adventure course, located just 1 hour north of Tucson and 2 hours of Phoenix in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains. Upon arrival, take in scenic views of the San Pedro River Valley, the Galiuro Mountains, the Tonto National Forest, and the Catalina Mountains. Then, prepare for your thrilling zipline adventure. Push the limit of your comfort zone as you ride 5 ziplines ranging in length from 400 to 1,500 feet. The last and longest run is a dual line, making it possible to zip alongside a friend or loved one. In between ziplines, plant your feet back on the ground and discover the desert landscape from the short hiking trails. Familiarize yourself with different types of plant life such as ocotillo, agave, and different types of cactus. While you are ziplining and hiking, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife: desert spiny lizards, Gila monsters, javelina, deer, and even bobcats inhabit the property. Stay refreshed during your desert experience with the water provided along the trails.

Saguaro National Park Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

Saguaro National Park Self Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 21+ mile-long tour covers the essentials of Saguaro National Park in 2-3 hours. This self-guided driving tour features both West and East Saguaro National Park. Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will serve as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map, all in one! Once downloaded, your journey through West Saguaro National Park starts adjacent to 4960 W Ajo Highway in Tucson. As you drive, dig into the secrets behind the park’s majestic mountains. Learn how they began as mere mud and hear about the tectonic changes that shaped them! Then see the Old Tucson Theme Park, a movie set turned into a totally unique theme park. Next, stop at the Gates Pass Scenic Lookout for enchanting views of Tucson’s ancient rock formations. You’ll meet Thomas Gates, the pass’s namesake and hear about his eclectic life as a pioneer, gambler, entrepreneur, and prison superintendent! As the journey continues, take in the grand Saguaro cacti. Uncover how they sustain the park’s wildlife, and how the Tohono O’odham once used these iconic succulents! Next stop is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, featuring all kinds of exhibits about the natural wonders of the desert. Get to know rugged homesteaders like Emilio Carillo, whose successful cattle ranch attracted a rather greedy gang and nearly cost him his life! For more drama, you’ll learn about the area’s mining history and unearth stories full of embezzlement, greed, and kidnapping! The journey continues onto the Valley View Overlook Trail, one of the most popular (and scenic) hikes in the whole park. As you drive on, get the wild story behind the park’s formation, covering eight decades! Discover the mysterious petroglyphs of Signal Hill and get acquainted with Geronimo, who lived not far from this very park! The East Saguaro Tour begins at the Rincon Mountain Visitor Center in Tucson. Get the stories of the Hohokam, then stop at the breathtaking Sonoran Desert Outlook. Next, you’ll find out just how courageous the bighorn sheep really are! Hear how they can scale cliffs and balance upon precipices. Speaking of wildlife, you’ll also get some ferocious facts about the local mountain lions.As you continue, you’ll reach the Cactus Forest Trail, an incredible path through the park’s famous cacti. Stop by the scenic Riparian Overlook, then continue on to the famously beautiful Tanque Verde Ridge Trail. Your tour concludes here.

Tucson: Flandrau Science Center Entry Ticket

Tucson: Flandrau Science Center Entry Ticket

Learn about the world and the stars with admission to the Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. Enjoy a variety of exhibits that explore sharks, space, and fossils, and stay after dark to see Jupiter through a telescope. At the heart of the University of Arizona campus, enter Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium. After showing your ticket, head in to explore the universe, from earth to space. Get your young children excited about science with interactive elements, games, and activities. Older children and adults alike can learn about bugs, sharks, black holes, and space. Consider adding as a full-dome planetarium experience while you're there. Metalheads can pop into the Planetarium for a laser show featuring music by Pink Floyd and Metallica. Stroll through the many exhibits. Learn about the importance of bugs for the environment, discover the largest scale model of the surface of Mars, and see the Undersea Discovery aquarium exhibit. Throughout the year, changing exhibits focus on biology, energy, and optics and weave in ground-breaking UA research, revealing the world of science careers for budding scientists. During special events, meet with a volunteer astronomer after dark to peer through a 16-inch telescope to see Saturn's rings, the cloud belts of Jupiter, and the Andromeda galaxy.

Friday: Tombstone; 8h Tour bus from Tucson

Friday: Tombstone; 8h Tour bus from Tucson

Step back in time to the days of the Wild West and discover what it was like to be a cowboy on this guided day trip from Tucson to Tombstone. Take some free time to explore and try out activities like visiting mines, drinking at saloons, or riding in a stage coach.  Enjoy the convenience of pickup from the centrally-located meeting point at the Park Place Mall in the morning. Catch a glimpse of the planes as you drive by the Bone Yard and take in the landscapes of the Sonoran Desert before arriving in Tombstone.  Arrive in Tombstone a bit after 10am and have over 5 hours to explore the town at your own pace. We include your ticket to the OK Corral to see the reenactment of the famous shootout (scheduled at 1pm) in your free time, enjoy live music at "Big Nose Kate's Saloon" or belly up to the bar at "Crystal Palace" for a drink with some old-fashioned vibes.  Spend some time buying a tour of the "Birdcage Theatre" or listen the retelling of Tombstone's history or visit the Silver Mine by purchasing a ticket for the "Good Enough Trolley Tour." Transport yourself back in time by catching a ride on an authentic stagecoach.  Visit the gallows of the original "Tombstone Courthouse" or stop somewhere for a bite to eat. At 3pm as we depart Tombstone, let's stop by Boot Hill (your entry into Boot Hill Cemetery is included) where the outlaws who lost in that gun fight were laid to rest. After Boot Hill we will make our way back to your meeting point at the Park Place Mall

Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains Half-Day ATV Tour

Explore the extreme northeast corner of Florence, Arizona on board a thrilling Terrain Vehicle (ATV). Located halfway between Tucson and Phoenix, the Box Canyon and Pinal Mountains make for an ideal day out from both cities. The dirt trail that will set your blood racing is about 30 miles long, and you will have 3.25 hours to play. Once your guide has equipped you with safety equipment and received a short training, head off along dirt trails that twist, turn, and bump up and down the Pinal Mountains. Climb up and over the front range of the mountains. At the same time, your guide points out Indian petroglyphs left behind by the ancient Native Americans.  Another point of interest is an old adobe building that served as a way station for the Butterfield Overland Stage Coach Company during the 1860s. For a short time, it also serviced the Pony Express on what was known as the "Butterfield Route." The real highlight of the tour is Box Canyon. You'll be in the canyon for about 6 miles. Get set for the drama of the middle 3 miles, a slot canyon with walls only about 10-20 feet apart and 900 feet high on both sides!

Tucson Downtown: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

Tucson Downtown: Self-Guided Audio History Walking Tour

Enjoy the beauty of the Downtown Tuscan on a self-guided walking tour. Explore the famous places like the Tucson Museum Of Art, J Knox Corbett House, and more with the magic of GPS playback. You will receive the download instructions after booking. Download the app and start the tour with your mobile phone as your guide. Discover how downtown Tucson transformed from a prehistoric village into an architecturally rich neighborhood.   Start your tour outside the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum, where you will hear about what daily life was like for early settlers in the late 1700s. See the reconstructed walls and walk down the streets to the Old Town Artisans, a collection of arts and craft shops. Along the way, you will point out Sonoran row houses made of adobe bricks. Next, a few blocks and two centuries away, you will see what local historians call “The Mansions of Main Street”, the Tucson Museum Of Art, and J Knox Corbett House. You will know about some of the area’s unusual Spanish street names, like Calle de La India Triste (Street of the sad Indian). Hear about the Owl’s Club and the exclusive, lavish parties thrown by the unmarried men that formed its membership. Pass by the Café a la carte and try some delicious pastries. Learn the story of the Main Avenue lawyer who hid from Wyatt Earp after the gunfight at the O.K. Corral. En route, you will discover why Franklin Street is named after Albert Banta and why he was known as Buckskin Charley. Walk through the gorgeous lanes and see over six of downtown Tucson’s architectural styles homes.

Tombstone: 2-Hour Small Group Scavenger Hunt Game

Tombstone: 2-Hour Small Group Scavenger Hunt Game

Looking for a way to turn Tombstone into a giant game board?   Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a three-hour sightseeing tour of Tombstone with a wild-west theme.  Guided from any smart phone, groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history.  The scavenger hunt adventure begins in the heart of this famous western town and takes you on a well-designed course to historic saloons, theaters and of course, the O.K. Corral.  This mini Quest tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking.  Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play.  Stop to watch a shoot-out, or grab a refreshing sarsaparilla to wet your whistle and go at your own pace. Offered at a fixed price for a group vs. per person pricing, this city tour/game offers a great value to those on a budget. Quest Highlights Start: City Hall on Fremont St. End: Tombstone Court House Distance: 1.0 mile NikeFuel: 312 pts Time: 1.5 hours   Questions: 12 Bonus Qs: 2   Points of Interest: The Epitaph Bird Cage Theatre Big Nose Kate’s OK Corral Tombstone Court House

Tucson: Southern Arizona Attractions Discount Pass

Tucson: Southern Arizona Attractions Discount Pass

Discover Southern Arizona's top attractions and save over $600 at over 100 different locations. The Passport entitles you to 2-for-1 admissions and other offers at participating attractions. Visit as many attractions as you like during normal operating hours until your time runs out. The clock starts when you use your pass at the first attraction. Have your pass instantly delivered to your phone via text or email and start using it immediately without wasting your phone's storage on app downloads. Save the pass to your phone's home screen for easy one-tap access. Some of the attractions included: • Arizona Zipline Adventures • Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley • Golf N' Stuff • Reid Park Zoo • Southern Arizona Heritage & Visitor Center • Tombstone’s Boot Hill • Tucson Sugar Skulls (Spring) • Center For Creative Photography • DeGrazia Gallery In The Sun Museum • Helen S. Schaefer Poetry Center • Madaras Gallery • Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson • Sonoran Glass School • The Mini Time Machine Museum Of Miniatures • Tubac Center Of The Arts • Tucson Desert Art Museum • Tucson Improv Movement • Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block • Ajo District Chamber and Visitor Center • Amerind Museum • Arizona History Museum • Arizona State Museum • Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum • Bisbee Tourism Center • Discover Bisbee • Discover Marana Visitor Center • Mission San Xavier Del Bac • Nogales-Santa Cruz County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center • O.K. Corral® Famous Gunfight Site • Presidio San AgustÍn Del Tucson Museum • Southern Arizona Transportation Museum • Tombstone Epitaph Newspaper & Museum • Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum • University Libraries • Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum • Campus Arboretum • Colossal Cave Mountain Park • Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill • Greater Oro Valley Chamber of Commerce • Green Valley Sahuarita Chamber Of Commerce • International Wildlife Museum • National Parks Store • Oracle State Park • Patagonia Lake State Park • Picacho Peak State Park • Sabino Canyon Crawler • Saguaro National Park East and West • Tohono Chul • Tubac Presidio State Historic Park • Tucson Botanical Gardens • Tumacácori National Historical Park • La Encantada Shopping Center • Main Gate Square • University of Arizona Book Stores - Student Union • Biosphere 2 • History of Pharmacy Museum • Space Imagery Center GoodEnough Silver Mine and Trolley (Tombstone) • TopGolf • Arizona Opera • Arizona Theatre Company • Fox Tucson Theatre

Tucson: 3-Hour Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt

Tucson: 3-Hour Urban Adventure Quest Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a way to turn Tucson into a giant game board? Urban Adventure Quest has created an interactive scavenger hunt combined with a 3-hour sightseeing tour of Tucson. Guided from any smartphone, you and your team will make your way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The scavenger hunt adventure begins in the heart of the city and takes you on a well-designed course to famous parks, cathedrals, historic hotels, theaters, and El Presidio. Using a smartphone as your guide makes it possible for you to start when you want and determine your own pace of play. Stop for a famous bacon-wrapped Sonoran dog or grab an ice cream. Offered at a fixed price for a team of up to 5 players versus per person pricing, this city Quest offers a great value to those on a budget. Note that the tour involves approximately 2 miles of walking.

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4.6
(43 reviews)

Very good, the meeting point was a highlight Mercado St Augustine, a very nice little market place that you would never have discovered otherwise. Steve, our tour guide, was great, gave us an insight into downtown's history and cuisine. Great, thanks again for that. Andree and Ines

great 2 of 3 of us had never done this and we are all in our 70's. Found Nora & Chris our guides were relaxing patience and fun to be with . This made our vacation "over the top" adventure for us. Staff was friendly and informative . Definitely will recommend to other's

Scott was so knowledgeable and gave us so much infomation. We loved the tour and all of his tidbits about Tucson.

Such a treat! Clay and Emily were fun, engaged and looked out for our safety! Highly recommend!

Excellent tour. Scott was knowledgeable, interesting, and a nice guy.