Have an Exciting RV Adventure Driving from Tucson to Nogales

Picture in Saguaro National Park

Sunset in Saguaro National Park

Escape from the winter’s blustery winds and snow and head south – south to Tucson and a fabulous RV vacation in Arizona. Travel the southern highways for a getaway into the warmth of the Tucson, Arizona sun. Temperatures this time of year hover around the sixties to the mid-seventies. This is warm enough for getting outdoors without sweltering and cool enough to make recreation a pleasure.

Spend some time in Tucson and take in the sights. If you love golf, there are great courses everywhere you look. Browse the shops, museums and galleries, go to a live music performance or simply take a walking tour of historic downtown. Be sure to ride the Old Pueblo Trolley, a real treat and a great way to sight see. Find RV camping at the Prince of Tucson RV Park. It is close to everything.

One inspirational stop is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, where you can visit animals in a natural setting. All exhibits at this museum are from the Sonoran Desert with a few exceptions. Also be sure to see President Kennedy’s Air Force One at Pima Air & Space Museum, the largest air museum in the West. Hike the Anza Trail and experience the Arizona landscapes.

Tucson is famous for its amazing festivals and events. At the end of November you can experience the cultural celebration of Native Americans at the Native American Heritage Social & Indian Craft Market as well as attend the Native American Market Arts & Crafts Fair. Viewing the traditional dancing and drumming performances are a special look into the past. The La Fiesta de Tumacacori occurs the first couple days of December and here you will learn of the culture of the Santa Cruz River Valley.

Tortolita Mountain Park offers a unique opportunity to see a small yet rugged mountain range, with canyons, stands of cacti and peaks jutting into the sky. There are a few trails you can hike so you can take in all the amazing vistas and fascinating rock formations. Try an easy hike of two-miles on the Honeybee Canyon Trail. If you want a more rugged hike, try the Wild Burro Trail for over seven miles of desert views. Two other parks that will tickle your fancy are Santa Cruz River Park and Sentinel Peak Park.

To see a true symbol of the American West, travel to Saguaro National Park. The park is divided in half by Tucson proper, so you can go in either direction – east or west – to visit. North America’s largest cacti, the Saguaro Cactus, are naturally on display here, highlighted by stunning sunsets. A pass to enter the park on the west side of Tucson is also good for entry into the eastern section of the park. There are many hiking trails to explore in this National Park.

Traveling on southward, don’t neglect to stop at Tumacacori National Historical Park, just a bit north of Nogales. These historic ruins are something not to be missed. Then you will reach Nogales, Arizona on the US/Mexican border. There are a multitude of shopping adventures to be had here, where you can discover amazing crafts, fine art and souvenirs to take back home.

Picture credits: The picture in Saguaro National Park is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.

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