Guided Tours of Tucson and Southern Arizona

Santa Cruz River Valley Tour at Tumacacori

Click HERE for schedule of upcoming tours and ticket purchases. What People Are Saying About Our Guided Tours Jim, I want to take a moment to thank you on behalf of all five of us. We really enjoyed being a part of the first wine tasting tour that you and … Continue reading

Historic Downtown Tucson: A Collection of Picture Postcards

Tucson, Arizona: 2013.

As a “city”, Tucson really came into its own in the first decade of the 20th century, even though the city was legally incorporated in 1877. It never amounted to anything of importance until the Southern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1880. The railroad connected Tucson to the outside world. It brought hardware, lumber, and fresh produce at affordable prices. Even today, you can see how the architecture of the city changed after the arrival of the railroad. 

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Tucson Attractions: The Ones Few People Know About!


Locals are generally familiar with our major Tucson and Southern Arizona attractions, such as our fantastic Desert Museum & the beautiful gardens of Tohono Chul Park. You can find the ones we recommend under “Attractions” in the Main Menu. However, very few locals know about or have been to the … Continue reading

Carnival of Illusion – Amazing!

Carnival of Illusion Roland Sarlot & Susan Eyed

For some time, Ms. Karen and I had been wanting to see Roland Sarlot’s and Susan Eyed’s Carnival of Illusion. I had read so many rave reviews about their performance that, if the show lived up to the hype, I wanted to add it to our Things To Do In Tucson Section of our website

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Tohono Chul Map

Tohono Chul Park: Spring Wildflowers.

Tohono Chul is a peaceful garden oasis in the midst of city and suburb. You can stroll along winding paths through several different types of gardens with hundreds of native plant species, as well as many birds, including hummers.

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Pima Air and Space Museum Map

Pima Air and Space Museum

Here is the history of manned flight. Pima Air and Space Museum has over 300 historic aircraft on exhibit, including the Blackbird, a 1950’s design that still holds the speed record for coast to coast flight: imagine going from New York to Los Angeles in one hour.

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Mt. Lemmon Map

mt lemmon snow

Mt. Lemmon is a recreational paradise in the Santa Catalina Mountains and the Coronado National Forest. It is 9,157 feet (2,791 m) above sea-level, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. A perfect place for skiing in the winter or camping in the summer, it also has observatories that you can view through a telescope, winter or summer. Other activities are hiking, biking and hanging out to cool off in the summer.

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San Xavier del Bac Map

Mission San Xavier del Bac

Mission San Xavier del Bac is about 15 minutes south of downtown Tucson. It is the finest example of Spanish mission architecture anywhere. It was built in the late 18th century and is today both an important piece of Baja Arizona history and an active Roman Catholic church serving the Tohono O’odham people.

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The Day Amelia Earhart Dropped In For Dinner

Amelia Earhart

(Annie Larkin is one lucky lady. As curator of the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum, she gets to hunt through old cases & drawers in this wonderful old building in search of hidden treasures, such as the story below. Reproduced with permission.) In September of 1928, Amilia Earhart was one … Continue reading

Geronimo’s Autobiography – Excerpts From His 1905 Book

Geronimo age 74, a celebrity

(Italics are my comments to assist readers in understanding the fuller context. jg) DEDICATORY Geronimo: The True Story of America’s Most Ferocious Warrior Because he has given me permission to tell my story; because he has read that story and knows I try to speak the truth; because I believe … Continue reading

List of Tucson’s 10 Best Steakhouses

Silver Saddle Steakhouse

Drum roll, please. Southern Arizona Guide Is Proud To Present Tucson’s 10 Best Steakhouses 10/02/2015 – But first, a brief explanation. Tucson has two basic types of steakhouses. First, we have Cowboy Steakhouses. These are characterized by casual western ambiance and attire and are, relative to the other type, inexpensive. … Continue reading

Are Tarantulas Spiders?


Yes, tarantulas are spiders. In the southwest desert, they are quite large for spiders, up to 3-4 inches and hairy. They belong to a group of arachnids called Theraphosidae. Males can live 12 years. Females can live up to 20 years, if they are not run over by cars. Tarantulas … Continue reading

A Day Trip Through History: The Santa Cruz River Valley

Tucson Convento & Chapel on the West Bank of the Santa Cruz River.

A Brief History Of The Santa Cruz River Valley From Tucson South To The Mexican Border.  Here you will find the Spanish missions and presidios (forts) of the Pimeria Alta, Land of the Upper Pimas. Today, Interstate 19 makes traveling this 70-mile section of Arizona history an easy day trip. … Continue reading

A Targeted Killing: How Cushing Street Got Its Name

Lt. Howard B. Cushing

In 1942, Eve Ball, author and friend to many Mescalero Apaches (NM), convinced Asa (Ace) Daklugie, a Chiricahua Apache, to tell her the stories of his people’s war with the United States of America and the Republic of Mexico (1861-1886). These stories had been told many times by White Eyes: … Continue reading

Is Bob’s Steak & Chop House The Best Steakhouse In Tucson?

Bob's steak and chop house tucson az

We are near the end of our exhaustive search for the Top 10 Best Steakhouses in Tucson. So far, we have reviewed: Pinnacle Peak; El Corral; Silver Saddle; PY; Cattletown; Daisy Mae’s; Lil’ Abner’s; Tanque Verde Guest Ranch; Fleming’s; & Sullivan’s. This week we review Bob’s Steak & Chop House … Continue reading

Tucson Museum of Art: Biennial 2015


Showing at the Tucson Museum of Art through October 11, Biennial 2015. Watch this video, produced by Arizona Public Media about the exhibit now showing at the Tucson Museum of Art. Then visit the exhibit and join the Museum on October 11 for the Second Biennial Bash, a reception with music, … Continue reading

Cycling Oro Valley Is Incredible!

Cycling in Rancho Vistoso, Oro Valley, AZ

By John Westergaard, The Arizona Bicycle Association. Cycling writer John Westergaard of, the official media portal for The Arizona Bicycle Association contributed to this article. Jason “The Bike Bandit” Kirk, mountain bike guide for Tucson Bike Rentals and Guided Bike Tours also contributed to this story. ORO VALLEY, Arizona … Continue reading