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Arizona's Tucson & Southern Region

Wines, Mines & Cactus Spines

If a map of Arizona were a clock, this region would land between numbers four and six. Here’s where you’ll find stately saguaros, which grow very slowly – a 10-year-old saguaro might be shorter than your ring finger. In 50 to 70 years – sometimes up to 100! – saguaros grow arms to retain more water. They waited a long time for those limbs, so give ’em a wave back.

But cacti aren’t the only things that grow in this lush desert region. In Sonoita and Elgin (southeast of Tucson), you’ll find wine country with soil so rich that it rivals that of Burgundy, France.

But enough about that which grows from dirt, let’s talk about urban pursuits. Tucson is the area’s thriving metropolis (try the bacon-wrapped Sonoran hot dogs), Bisbee’s where you’ll discover one-of-a-kind art and copper mines, and watch out for Old West outlaws in Tombstone. You’ll want to stay here ’round the clock. Learn more about Southern Arizona’s top destinations below:


Arizona’s Tucson & Southern cities

As far south as you can get before hitting Mexico – but the region’s offerings make it hard to leave, passport or not. Explore thriving Tucson, Arizona’s wine country, Old West fun in Tombstone, and more here.

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Home of the historic Copper Queen Mine, Bisbee, Arizona – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson – will send you back to a time when the Old West reigned supreme. With a preserved turn-of-the-century downtown crowned by a hilltop Art Deco courthouse.

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Sierra Vista

Surrounded by near-forgotten ghost towns, Sierra Vista, Arizona, is anything but dead. Home to busy Fort Huachuca, this small city of around 50,000 people offers visitors scenic vistas, byways, and trails – as well as a bird-watcher’s paradise of nature preserves, perfect for spying some of the country’s most exotic hummingbirds.

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More than 130 years after its 1877 founding, the "Town Too Tough to Die" – home of the famed gunfight at the OK Corral – is still alive and well. Today, Tombstone is more tourist destination than rough-and-tumble cowboy town.

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Located just outside of the Coronado National Forest, centuries-old Tubac was once the site of a Spanish Colonial presidio. Today, Tubac is a charming artists’ community – working artists’ studios abound. Don’t miss the Tubac Presidio State Historic Park, located in the old town, and the Santa Cruz River, a top spot for Arizona birding.

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Luxurious golf courses and resorts, a flourishing art and history scene, and vivid multicultural heritage make Tucson an attractive destination for any Southern Arizona vacation. Home of the University of Arizona, this mid-sized city also plays host to countless fairs, festivals, and events.

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Chiricahua National Monument, migrating cranes, and Rex Allen Days draw thousands to friendly Willcox, the gateway to the Magic Circle of Cochise.

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