Here comes the sun… Tucson has sunny days for over 96% of the year, making it one of, if not the sunniest city in the U.S. (For the math challenged, that’s about 350 days of sunshine.) They also have a lot of saguaros; the city is surrounded by the world’s highest concentration of the cacti. And speaking of things they have the most of, the Tucson region only follows the Amazon Rainforest in the number of different species of birds found in the area, making it one of the best bird-watching destination in the United States. Additionally, the city passed a “dark sky” code decades ago to mitigate light pollution, and that effort, plus the openness of the surrounding desert, make Tucson one of the best places to stargaze.
If you like to eat delicious food (who doesn’t?) you need to add Tucson to your list, as it is the only city in the US to have been given the UNESCO title of a “Capital of Gastronomy”. There is plenty to discover in the city itself, and even more to explore outside the city limits. Search for an RV in Tucson, Arizona, and experience why it is one of the most incredible cities in the country.
The Great Outdoors
Southern Arizona’s breathtaking landscape is a beautiful place to get outside and explore. When you book an RV rental in Tucson, you’ll have the freedom to roam. Surrounding Tucson are Saguaro National Park, Coronado National Forest, and the Santa Catalina Mountains. In Coronado’s territory, you can visit the desert oasis known as Sabino Canyon and explore the narrated, guided trails, or explore the more difficult treks on your own.
Saguaro National Park has two districts – the Tucson Mountain District (known for its superior sunsets) and Rincon Mountain area. The summers can be stiflingly hot, so if you want to spend a lot of time hiking or biking, the best times to visit would be the fall and spring. If the heat is too much, take your Tucson RV rental on the Cactus Forest Scenic Loop to see the beauty of the desert with the comfort of A/C. Another great drive is the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway which takes you through the full range of habitats in Tucson, from the scorching desert to the cool, mountainous forests.
Catalina State Park has trails perfect for hiking and horseback riding that wind through the desert up into the mountains. Along the way, you’ll look out over vast canyons and cross bubbling streams… but who wants to walk the whole time? Bring a hammock or a picnic and soak up the vibrant desertscape. And when the sand and heat start to tire you out, stay a night at Roper Lake State Park and take a dip in the refreshing waters.
Rent an RV in Tucson, AZ, and drive to Mount Graham, about three hours away. From the top of the mountain, you can see for miles over the desert, and even into northern Mexico. Visitors can fish for trout up on the mountain in Riggs Flat Lake, and if you have always wanted to see a bear in the wild, you’re in luck. The mountain is home to the highest concentrated population of black bears in the Southwest. Just make sure you pack bear spray.
Wildlife lovers will definitely want to head over to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The museum is truly more like a zoo, with 97 acres of over 200 animals and 1,200 plant species from the local area. You can escape the heat by going underground and into the mountains at Colossal Cave Mountain Park, a park just 30 minutes outside of the city. There you can also take a trail ride on horseback, or visit The Ranch to pan for gemstones and fossils. If it is your first time in Arizona, be sure to head north to Phoenix and on to the Grand Canyon to check everything off your bucket list.
Rent an RV in Tucson and camp out in the desert, under millions of stars. There are a ton of options for RV camping in the area, including at some of the surrounding state and national parks. Have a true camping experience – no amenities, but plenty of open land and sky – at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) campground on the west side of Tucson, right off the West Tucson-Ajo Highway.
Also west of the city is Gilbert Ray Campground in Tucson Mountain Park, which is a great option with basic amenities. The RV Park at The Pima County Fairgrounds has over 350 pet-friendly RV sites and lots of amenities, including a seasonal bar and restaurant.
Desert Trails RV Park has eclectic amenities, such as a library, art/photo gallery, live shows, a pool, a panoramic mountain view observation deck, dog run, and offer activities for campers to explore the surrounding natural areas in Tucson Mountain Park. For those looking for a pet-friendly RV park within downtown Tucson, Sentinel Peak RV Park is a decent option. The park has paved sites, a clubhouse, a pool, laundry facilities, and is right next to a Sun Link Streetcar stop, making downtown Tucson easily accessible.
Parking your Tucson rental motorhome at the Walmart Supercenter just off Interstate 10 will have you steps away from a SunTran bus which can connect you to the public transit system in the city for easy day trips downtown.
Exploring the City
Navigating around Tucson is easy with their extensive SunTran bus systems and SunLink tram systems. If you want to see what life would be like if humans ever inhabit another planet, head over to Biosphere 2 at the University of Arizona, where researchers have created a self-contained habitat with several different ecosystems including a rainforest and ocean.
The desert-obsessed will want to make sure they spend an afternoon at the Tucson Desert Art Museum immersing themselves in the art of the Southwest. Cowboys and renegades will enjoy the Wild Wild West in Old Tucson. Walk the streets of movie sets used in famous Westerns, and catch the action at the live shows put on throughout the day. To cap off your trip exploring the area with your rental motorhome near Tucson, head to the Mission San Xavier del Bac to see one of the oldest and most beautiful historic Spanish landmarks.
Tucson, AZ is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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