Arizona Travel Guide

Visit Arizona in 2023

From big adventures to quiet moments, ancient stories to family memories, Arizona is a place that inspires, invigorates and exhilarates. Sports nuts can get their fill, and so can the foodie or craft beer enthusiast. Outdoor awe can be followed by a relaxing ahhh. Here, the journey is as exciting as the destination.

Tucson is calling you, the free thinker and the free at heart, to explore without boundaries. Our natural landscape draws visitor’s outdoors where there is plenty of room to roam. A bit off the beaten path, Tucson’s unique attractions and accommodations beckon you to discover and explore. Our arts and culture scene make Tucson a place that’s authentic and comfortable. Our passion for traditional food inspires our contemporary cuisine. Come as you are and experience our oasis from the unoriginal and pretentious. Tucson is a place that you want to be. Let Tucson inspire the free spirit in you.
Scottsdale, Arizona originally founded in the 1890s as a farming community, Scottsdale has come a long way since its humble beginnings. Scottsdale was coined the “The West’s Most Western Town” in the 1950s, but today the city is a chic modern hub for luxurious spas, endless shopping, unparalleled golf courses and world-renowned museums. Plus, you’ll find hundreds of locally owned and operated restaurants and art galleries. Find out about the latest happenings in this renaissance city.
Discover all the best our state has to offer with our top recommendations for what to see and do. With so much to see and do in Tucson & Scottsddale, you might have a hard time picking which ones to experience.
Scottsdale to Tucson | Twin Holiday 2020/2021 | Travelplanners

Scottsdale & Tucson

from £1319 Per Person
Twin Centre
  • 3 Nights Phoenician Resort
  • 3 Nights Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
  • Well Appointed Guest Rooms
Tanque Verde Ranch Twin Holiday 2020/2021 | Travelplanners

Tanque Verde Ranch

from £2265 Per Person
Hotel Holidays, Twin Centre
  • 3 Nights Valley Ho, Scottsdale
  • 5 Nights Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson – All-inclusive Meals and Lodgings

White Stallion Ranch

from £2069 Per Person
More USA
Multi Centre
  • 2 Nights Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
  • 3 Nights The Scott Resort & Spa, Scottsdale
  • 4 Nights White Stallion Ranch, Tucson


The Living Desert
Visitors can get back to nature with a tour on or off the beaten path. Urban Tucson is bordered by five mountain ranges and wilderness with plenty of designated places for accessible hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping. From its position in the heart of the Sonoran Desert region of the Southwestern United States, Tucson is a sage-green land of exotic, summer- and spring-flowering cacti and fascinating nocturnal wildlife.
The Cool Pines
From cactus stands to pine forests, the winding drive from the base of the Tucson valley to the 2,792-meter summit of Mt. Lemmon, landmark in the Santa Catalina Mountains, traverses seven of the world’s nine life zones – it’s like driving from Canada to Mexico in 60 minutes. The summit town of Summerhaven provides a cool summer escape for picnickers, hikers, cyclists, and campers. 
Authentic Old West
Visitors can relive the iconic era of the American West during stunt shows, musical revues, horse-drawn carriage rides, and historical re-enactments in Tombstone, Arizona – known as “the town too tough to die.” Located just 70 miles south of Tucson, this famous, restored 1880s town has preserved its dusty streetscapes where Old West legends such as Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp lived and died. Authentic sites are open for business or tours, including the O.K. Corral, Boothill Graveyard, Big Nose Kate’s Saloon, and the Bird Cage Theater.
Bird Watching Haven
Tucson is ranked among the top bird-watching areas in North America. Tucson’s diverse terrain, warm winters and rainy summers, and location on the migratory path between Canada and Mexico make it an ideal, year-round destination for amateur and professional bird watching adventures. A wide variety of species can be observed all year long although the hummingbirds are especially plentiful. Birding festivals with prominent naturalists and guided tours and overnight excursions take place throughout the year.
Southern Arizona Wine Country
The first wine grapes in Southern Arizona were planted by Spanish missionaries more than 300 years ago. Today, the Sonoita-Elgin area, near Tucson, produces some of the most distinctive wines in the United States. This picturesque area of rolling grasslands and low mountain ranges is home to a “trail” of at least 10 acclaimed wineries, including Sonoita Vineyards – the oldest and first winery in the state of Arizona, which host tastings, tours, and seasonal festivals.
Downtown Dining Evolution
With some 50 established restaurants and more on the way, Downtown Tucson is serving up culinary adventure. Many of the newest restaurants offer menus that focus on traditional regional ingredients – like the culinary “three sisters” of the Southwest: corn, squash, and beans – and cooked with contemporary Southwestern flare by classically trained chefs. The new “Sense of Place” menu at DOWNTOWN Kitchen + Cocktails highlights the diversity and flavors of southern Arizona.
Urban Hiking & Biking Trail 
Recent progress has increased to 100 miles the length of The Loop, a multi-use trail being developed around Tucson/Pima County. A key link in the trail was completed last summer, connecting the Santa Cruz River Park with the Julian Wash Greenway. At the new junction, there are mesquite tree-shaded parks and sites once occupied by a prehistoric community. Work is ongoing to add more miles of trails that follow the banks of dry riverbeds throughout the city/county.


Dive into Scottsdale
The Sonoran Desert may be known as a haven for coyotes and javelinas, but in late summer 2016, Scottsdale will welcome more than 5,000 marine animals. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community will bring the sea to Scottsdale with the opening of OdySea Aquarium. This 16-acre complex will be the largest aquarium in the Southwest, spanning 200,000 square feet over two levels. OdySea Aquarium promises guests a high-tech, high-entertainment, oceanic adventure with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer viewing of aquatic life – even in the restrooms – and underwater acrylic tunnels that lead to each level.
Never Ending Nightlife
Scottsdale is known for its sunsets, but it’s what follows that makes the Sonoran Desert an electrifying nightlife hub. Whether your preference is to sip on cocktails with a group of girlfriends, go clubbing with Scottsdale’s finest or settle into a game of life-size Jenga with a beer and some friends, the dynamic nightlife scene offers something for everyone.
Adventure has a Home
Your favorite movie genre is action adventure. Your Instagram account is a collage of mountains you have summited, planes you have jumped out of and exotic foods you have braved. Your to-do list is more like a bucket list. You are a thrill seeker, and chances are you are already planning your next big adventure. Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale is an adventure mecca of mountainous terrain and rugged landscapes sure to get your adrenaline flowing.
Artistic Oasis in the Desert 
Artists from all walks of life have been inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Scottsdale and subsequently left their mark around town. Here are a few examples of Scottsdale’s artistic gems that continue to inspire visitors to this day. If you look close enough, you can spot influences of Frank Lloyd Wright all over Scottsdale
Culinary Scene
“Bon appetite” has taken on new meaning in Scottsdale, the foodie capital of the Southwest. After years of flying under the radar, this culinary oasis is finally getting the recognition it deserves with accolades from Esquire, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation and AAA, just to name a few. During your time in Scottsdale, devour fresh produce from farmer’s markets, sample the local cuisine and indulge in flavors brought to you by critically acclaimed chefs and restaurants. From frontier flavors and barbecue bites to smart samples and native nibbles, one of Scottsdale’s nearly 800 restaurants is sure to satisfy whatever you are craving. Scottsdale and the state of Arizona is a melting pot of cultures, and these influences are incorporated into the culinary creations from local chefs.
World Class Golf 
Looking to practice your swing? How about work on those slices? Or maybe you are looking for a fun soiree with friends during your Scottsdale getaway. No matter what your golf skill level is, TopGolf Riverwalk, at Talking Stick: Cultural and Entertainment Destination on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, is a good time for all. The 65,000-squarefoot facility hosts a variety of golf games using golf balls with microchips, from the “TopScramble” team challenge to the short game “TopChip.” Test your skills by aiming for various targets on a 215-yard field, and celebrate your victory at TopGolf’s full service bar with food and drink. You and your friends can also kick back playing pool or shuffleboard after hitting a few golf balls. Whether a golf novice or golf pro, TopGolf offers an exciting day at the green for everyone.
Whether you’re planning a short weekend or a long, leisurely trip, Tucson & Scottsdale is packed with activities to experience, from outdoor activities to foodie fun to kid-friendly destinations. You certainly can’t do it all in one trip, so we’ve picked some of the top things for you to definitely check out during your visit.