See & Do in Tucson

With numerous natural parks, a rich history, our Native American influence, a multicultural spin, great weather almost year-round, and a myriad of things to do and popular attractions, your bed and breakfast vacation won’t be boring!

From desert floor to alpine forest in 60 minutes, from fine dining at Maynard’s Kitchen while watching the Southern Pacific trains roll by to a cowboy steak at Pinnacle Peak Restaurant in Trail Dust Town, you can create amazing adventures in a single day from The Inns at El Rancho Merlita!

Tucson ranks in the top 10 for best cycling city in the United States. Towering saguaro cactus populate hiking and bicycling trails in Saguaro National Park, while the sound of running water surrounds you in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Prepare for the El Tour de Tucson, bicycling up the Catalina Highway into the cool sky island of the Coronado National Forest, or become a caballero as you ride horseback into one of our famous Sonora Desert sunsets.

Go back in time 200,000 years when you enter the world-renowned Kartchner Caverns, a beautiful 60-minute drive, or see if you can find the elusive bag of gold only 15 minutes away at the locally famous Colossal Cave.

Events, Festivals and Fairs | Art GalleriesAstronomy | Bicycling | Bird Watching | Dining | GamingGhost TownsGolf | Hiking | Historic Sites | Horseback RidingMissions & ChurchesMuseums & Art Exhibits | ParksPerforming Arts and NightlifeRock Climbing | Skiing | SportsTours

Events, Festivals and Fairs
Wanna rock? The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is the largest gem and mineral show in the United States. For two weeks prior to the show, the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase springs up at nearly 50 sites around town. At the Fourth Avenue Street Fair meet the artists while you shop for everything from paintings and metal sculptures to local organic foods and handmade jewelry.

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Art Galleries

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Astronomy
Our dry desert night air is great for astronomy and star gazing!  Stay at The Inns at El Rancho Merlita and look up from our star gazing patio offering a huge view of the night sky, or venture out to Kitt Peak National Observatory to see iridescent hues swirl as you look closely at a nebula through one of their powerful telescopes.

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Bicycling

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Bird Watching
Enjoy bird watching from the back patio of the Ranch House, or allow the cry of a red tail hawk to lure you beyond the accommodations of our Tucson Bed and Breakfast.

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Dining
Indulge in Tucson’s abundance of culinary experiences ranging from casual, authentic Mexican food to world-class dining with spectacular views. Whatever your tastes we will help you find the right spot!

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Gaming

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Ghost Towns

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Golf

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Hiking

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Historic Sites
“Hanged by Mistake,” reads a tombstone at Boot Hill Cemetery in Tombstone, Arizona, an authentic old western town. In Bisbee take one of the tours deep into the famous Copper Queen Mine, or wander among architectural gems from southern Arizona’s golden mining era, or should we say copper era.

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Horseback Riding

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Missions & Churches

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Museums & Art Exhibits
Discover, experience and learn about the Art, History and Natural Sciences of the area.

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Parks
The cry of a red tail hawk lures you out the front door of our Tucson Bed and Breakfast. Towering saguaro cacti stud the trails in Saguaro National Park, while the sound of running water guides your hike in the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area. Prepare for the El Tour de Tucson as you bicycle up the Catalina Highway into the cool sky island of the Coronado National Forest, or become a caballero as you ride horseback into one of our famous Sonora Desert sunsets. Head back in time 200,000 years when you enter the world-renowned Kartchner Caverns, a beautiful 60 minute drive, or see if you can find the elusive bag of gold only 15 minutes away at the locally famous Colossal Cave.

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Performing Arts and Nightlife
Nightlife and culture abound in Downtown Tucson. Stroll down Historic Fourth Avenue and include a stop at Hotel Congress, where drinking and dining, live music and bone chilling ghost stories make for a memorable evening. Catch a national act at the Rialto Theatre or view a film at the vintage Fox Theater. Check out Arizona Theater Company’s latest production at the Temple of Music and Art, or try your luck at one of the casinos located on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation.

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Rock Climbing

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Skiing

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Sports

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Tours

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