Undoubtedly, Tucson presents a wide range of opportunities to pique your interest. But, it’s also nice to get out and take an adventure beyond city limits for the day. You don’t need to travel too far or spend the night to enjoy all of the fun activities around Tucson. Discover a mixture of history, nature, and fun goodies on these day trips.

Mount Lemmon / Summerhaven

An hour’s drive, about 30 miles north of Tucson, brings you to Mount Lemmon and Summerhaven. This “Island in the Sky” completely transforms from a desert terrain of cacti and mesquite trees to a winter wonderland of leafy ferns and pines the farther you travel up the scenic byway.

Many people come to Mount Lemmon to hike, stargaze, picnic, ski, snowboard, sled, and snowshoe. During the winter season, the quaint community of Summerhaven on Mt. Lemmon is the place to stay warm with its cozy cabins for renting and the delicious fudge from the Mt. Lemmon General Store & Gift Shop.

Desert Belle Cruises on Saguaro Lake

Two hours from Tucson, sail away on the Desert Belle Tour Boat for a 90-minute cruise where a coastguard-certified captain will share interesting facts on the history and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert.

The serene experience is highlighted by the magic of this teardrop-silver and shimmering lake, towering canyon walls, the fountain of knowledge, and refreshments. Desert Belle serves alcohol, soda, and water for the humans on board, and popcorn for feeding the ducks during the excursion.

Desert Belle offers different cruise experiences, including ones with live music every Saturday and Sunday, as well as Wine Cruises and Narration Cruises.

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

Spelunking for everyone! A closer, 30-minute drive from the heart of Tucson, Colossal Cave Mountain Park is open daily for cave tours. After venturing the caves, you can embark on many different adventures like hiking, biking, or horseback riding the trails of the Sonoran Desert.

Picnic for the day and grab a refreshment from the nearby Terrace Café & Shop. This historic, limestone structure features spectacular views of the rolling desert landscape to enjoy while trying delicious recipes and a tasty selection of craft beers and wine.

Tombstone

The authentic spirit of the old west lives on in the city of Tombstone, AZ. This one-hour trip from Tucson will transport you back to the wild wild west. After getting its start as a silver mining claim in the late-1870s, the settlement boomed into an entertainment hub of opera, theaters, dance halls, and brothels.

Put your cowboy hats on, dust off your chaps, and walk the dusty, wooden boardwalks of this famous town. Numerous shops, restaurants, and saloons line the walkway. And, you’ll leave with your own personal experience and history of the “Town Too Tough to Die.”

Sonoita Vineyards

Sonoita Vineyards is the oldest running commercial vineyard and winery in the state of Arizona. An hour from Tucson, situated in the rolling hills in the Sonoita-Elgin area of Southern Arizona, this Winery offers many award-winning wines crafted from native grapes—all for your tasting pleasure.

The views from the winery are unparalleled along with a great ambiance that complements the tasting experience. With selections for every taste—dry, sweet, dessert—there’s wine in store for you and great history about the vineyard’s beginnings.

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Dining in or dining out? With the pandemic still looming, a night out at a public restaurant may not seem like an option. Although indoor dining establishments sanctioned COVID-19 protocols, people may not feel safe in a more confined space. Outdoor dining limits close face-to-face contact with enough physical distancing for a safe dining experience. For Tucson, the outdoor dining options remain limitless.

Check out the best outdoor dining spots for a safe and appetizing night out in Tucson!

Baja Cafe of Tucson

Enjoy American and Southwestern cuisine at one of three Baja Cafe locations in Tucson. Baja Cafe on Campbell (not to be confused with Ina or Broadway) offers the best shade on their outdoor patio and best breakfast in town. Baja Cafe hosts a creative menu, with classic breakfast options like “Skooby Snak,” a toasted English muffin with one egg, fire-roasted green chile, herb cream cheese, and sausage or ham and specialty bloody marys.

Brunch it up and stay cool under this shaded outdoor patio!

To see more from their menu and how they are maintaining safe distances, find their website at http://www.bajacafetucson.com/#location/

5 Points Market and Restaurant

5 Points? More like 5 stars. This farm-to-table American-style restaurant and market serves the healthiest breakfast and lunch options. Besides their remarkable food plating skills, 5 Points Market offers outdoor seating on their flora-packed patio. The surrounding flora and fauna allow for a physically distanced and fragrant dining experience.

Eat fresh and smell the roses!

Scroll through their website for restaurant or market options: https://www.5pointstucson.com/

Vivace Restaurant

Although Vivace’s indoor seating exhibits fine dining at its best, a la complimentary water for each guest and exceptionally placed utensils over a white tablecloth, the outdoor seating exceeds in comparison. The outdoor fountain takes center stage, but the breathtaking view of Tucson mountains aligned in the background catches the eye and assures a peaceful atmosphere. Making it in Business Insider’s “The 100 Most Scenic Restaurants in the US,” Vivace Restaurant will not disappoint.

Enjoy the scenery and Northern Italian selection!

Check their menu out at https://www.vivacetucson.com/menu

La Cocina

La Cocina makes you feel right at home. Guests describe this restaurant as a “nice little oasis” where people come to revel in the atmosphere. Under a shaded canopy, this beautiful courtyard restaurant delights guests with live music and various Mexican, American, or Southwestern cuisine. Several shops surround La Cocina to explore before or after your meal.

Eat out at your home away from home!

Find out more on their website at https://lacotucson.com/

Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta

Experience a happy hour like no other at Proof Artisanal Pizza & Pasta. This Southern-Italian style restaurant offers unique menu items, like their baked potato pizza, and specialty drinks — including non-alcoholic options apart from the customary soda. The open courtyard and fire pit add a unique ambiance unlike any other on this list. Listen to relaxing live music and keep warm under this sheltered dining establishment.

The proof is in the pizza & pasta!

Curious to know more about Proof’s eclectic menu? Discover more at https://www.prooftucson.com/menus

Union Public House

Looking for a spot for dinner but everything closes in Tucson at 9 P.M.? Good thing Union Public House stays open until 2 A.M. and continues to uphold COVID measures no matter the time of day. Don’t sweat at Union Public House because no other place feels as spacious and you won’t feel rushed to finish your meal. This expansive courtyard features a grand fountain adjacent to the live music stage. Lights hang overhead, establishing a safe and comfortable space for guests.

Take your time and look over the menu!

Browse their menu at https://www.uniontucson.com/full-menu

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