10 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

10 days in Tucson and Southern Arizona Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  6 h
Mount Lemmon
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
— 6 nights
Bus + Fly:  6 h 45 min
End: Chicago

Mount Lemmon

Mount Lemmon ©
Most visitors take a trip to Mount Lemmon to visit Summerhaven, a small town providing a summer residence for many.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): see the sky in a new way at Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory. Keep things going the next day: engage your brain at Biosphere 2, stroll around Oracle State Park, and then fly down the slopes at Mount Lemmon Ski Valley.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mount Lemmon trip maker.

Chicago to Mount Lemmon is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Chicago in March, plan for much warmer days in Mount Lemmon, with highs around 77°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Tombstone.

Things to do in Mount Lemmon

Museums Childrens Museums Parks

Side Trip

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Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory ©
Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory
Biosphere 2 ©
Biosphere 2
Oracle State Park ©
Oracle State Park


Tombstone ©
Founded in 1877 as a mining camp, Tombstone became one of the most storied towns of the "Wild West." As one of the last frontier boomtowns in the United States, Tombstone prospered between 1880 and 1890, attracting cattle rustlers and outlaws.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): see the sky in a new way at Butterfield RV Resort Observatory and then Head underground at Kartchner Caverns State Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Arlene's S.W. Silver & Gold, get engrossed in the history at O.K. Corral, then have some family-friendly fun at Old Tombstone Western Theme Park, then delve into the mystery of Bird Cage Theatre, and finally stroll the grounds of Boothilll Graveyard.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Tombstone trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Mount Lemmon to Tombstone in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Mount Lemmon in March, plan for slightly colder days in Tombstone, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Tucson.

Things to do in Tombstone

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

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Kartchner Caverns State Park ©
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Old Tombstone Western Theme Park ©
Old Tombstone Western Theme Park
Butterfield RV Resort Observatory ©
Butterfield RV Resort Observatory


Tucson ©
One of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas in the country, Tucson is a city on a cultural crossroads, with European, Native American, Mexican, and Asian residents blending and sometimes conflicting with one another.
Attractions like Old Tucson and Reid Park Zoo make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Tucson to go to Marana and see Wild Burro Trail, which is approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in breathtaking views at Sabino Canyon, admire the striking features of Mission San Xavier del Bac, get to know the resident critters at Funny Foot Farm and Tucson Petting Zoo, and examine the collection at Pima Air and Space Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tucson online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tombstone to Tucson takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Tucson are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Tucson

Museums Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, Wild Burro Trail
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Sabino Canyon ©
Sabino Canyon
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway ©
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
Will You Escape? ©
Will You Escape?