Restored Silver King Hotel: Florence, AZ

Restored Silver King Hotel: Florence, AZ

Here are our recommendations for Things To Do In Florence AZ including: dining, lodging, attractions; plus some interesting history. A trip to Florence makes an excellent Day Trip.

Florence is an historic Western town about 70 miles NE of Tucson via Route 79, the old highway between Tucson and Phoenix that saw heavy use before the Interstate was built. Now Rt. 79 is just a pleasant back road.

In 2009, True West Magazine named Florence #4 on its Top 10 True West Towns. A year later, Florence jumped to #2.

Restored Brunenkant's City Bakery now houses the Florence Chamber of Commerce.

Restored Brunenkant’s City Bakery.

This high ranking is because Florence has preserved so many of its original buildings, such as the Old Courthouse and the partially restored Silver King Hotel.

Visitor Center, McFarland State Park & The Old Courthouse

A good place to start your visit to Florence is the Visitor Center located at McFarland State Park in the Historic District. Florence has over 140 historic buildings exhibiting architectural styles from the early Territorial Period to the 1950’s.
At the Visitor Center you can get the device you need for a self-guided audio tour that will take you around a 1.4 mile loop that highlights the most significant buildings in the Historic District. If you don’t require the audio version, you can download the walking tour map HERE.

Just a warning. Every other year, Florence hosts Country Thunder, a 4-day country music festival with all the latest and upcoming Country Western Stars.

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