Tucson to Long Beach Road Trip Guide


Tucson is one of the most beautiful cities in the state of Arizona. The city is surrounded by nature and vast wilderness regions. This valley city is located in the cradle of four mountain ranges and offers spectacular outdoor adventures for the whole family.

The city has the best weather, a copious art scene, and a desert landscape full of saguaros, prickly pear, and cactus along with plenty of wildlife. If you are a hiker, this is your dream city. Don’t miss out on hikes that explore the Sabino Canyon or lead up to Mount Lemmon.

The RV road trip from Tucson to Long Beach, CA, is as convenient as it gets, and hence highly recommended. You can safely add this to your list of impromptu weekend road trips. There are plenty of small towns, cities, and gas stations along the way.

Make sure to save as much time for Long Beach as you can because this city has a lot to offer. All the amazing beaches alone will take you several days to explore and thoroughly enjoy. Make sure to check out the Aquarium of the Pacific, Shoreline Aquatic Park, and the grandest ocean liner to ever navigate the Pacific Ocean ‑ the Queen Mary.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
Recommend rig: motorhome
audience: family

Point of Interest

Saguaro National Park West

Saguaro National Park West is situated just outside of Tucson. The national park receives thousands of visitors annually, who come to look at the vast Sonoran Desert landscape covered with Saguaro cactus plants. Saguaro cactus are also called Carnegiea gigantea in Latin, or simply giant cactus – which they most certainly are.

The plants give the impression of an army standing in attention and even in formation. To say the sight is captivating would be an understatement. From afar, the saguaros look like green stick figure drawings, with arms and legs. It is only when you come closer that you see the thickness of the cactus as well as its enormous height.

It’s fascinating how Saguaro-friendly the land here is. You’ll see them growing everywhere, be it on the roadside, upon the mountains, and even in people’s backyard. An interesting fun fact about saguaro is that the cactus does not begin to grow any arms until it is at least 75 years old. You can find some saguaros with as many as 25 arms growing out of them which gives you an idea of just how old these cacti can get.


Jerome, AZ, is an abandoned mining town, some 90 miles from Phoenix, AZ. It is a ghost town and yet it receives several tourists every year that come to admire its rustic and nostalgic beauty. As a result of the attention it was receiving, some of the buildings were restored and tons of restaurants and shops have opened up to facilitate visitors.

The new shops are in small numbers so as to not ruin the old west aura of the town. At one point in time, Jerome had the title of the fourth largest town in Arizona, and today it is the largest ghost town in the country. Whether you are with friends, family, or alone, the attractions around the town offer something for everyone.

The history of Jerome dates all the way back to prehistoric Native Americans miners, followed by the Spanish that came here looking for gold but found copper instead.


The great thing about Disneyland is that it does not put its fans in a neat little demographic. You can be young or old, you can be with family, friends or going solo on this road trip, Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, will give you awesome memories to cherish.

There are days when Disneyland comes to life, with fireworks, parades, shows, and many special events. Other days are quieter (or as quiet as Disneyland can be) allowing you to enjoy all the rides and meet some of your favorite Disney characters.

There’s no limit to what you can do in Disneyland. You can enjoy the slow and gentle boat trips or you can go for rides that will make you scream at the top of your lungs, and you can also grab a delicious Dole Whip. Most importantly, you can shop from the many souvenir shops found near some of the most popular rides.

Castle Park

If your hearts are still stuck back in Disneyland then don’t worry, Castle Park in Riverside, CA, will allow you to catch up on that thrill again in a similar yet totally different way. With a history that dates back to 1976, this park is always expanding and offering something new and exciting thrills every time you visit.

The amusement park has 27 rides and games and for all ages, including arcade games, carnival games, roller coasters, a drop tower, merry-go-round, a water log slide, and much more. One of the most popular attractions in the amusement park is the four championship mini-golf courses.

Castle Park is also a great stop on your road trip for birthday celebrations, family reunions, or any kind of get-together. You can book the rental options provided by the park and even plan a surprise birthday party to give the best birthday memories ever.


No city can help you experience the best of southern Californian culture faster than Long Beach. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by this Pacific Coast city because the entertainment and attractions here are simply endless.

You’ll feel this desire to cram everything you possibly can in your limited time here. If it helps, allow us to tell you what not to miss. The Aquarium of the Pacific, the Shoreline Village, whale spotting on a Harbor Cruise, and boarding the Queen Mary are some of the unmissable attractions.

Long Beach also has a lively music and theatre scene and you can catch one of the many live performances happening at the Long Beach Opera, Music Angelica, or at Long Beach Symphony. For a change of scene yon can also head to Los Angeles, CA, which is just a 20-minute drive away.

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