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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. Explore the desert paths and you're sure to encounter desert animals, hummingbirds, boojums, and much more amidst the beautiful Tucson mountains.

Address: 2021 N. Kinney Rd., Tucson, AZ 85743
Distance from Tra-Tel: 15 miles
Phone: (520) 883-2702

AZ Tickets sells tickets for Arizona events including Sports, Concerts, Theater and more. Our premium seating gives you a great view of the events. You can buy tickets here online 24 hours a day/7 days a week or call our toll free phone number. We have been in Arizona over 20 years, and our friendly staff is happy to assist with any questions you have.

Phone: (602) 254-3300

Colossal Cave

Colossal Cave Mountain Park, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, had been used for centuries by prehistoric peoples when it was "discovered" in 1879. Since then it has been the object of interest and attention by people ranging from train robbers to a President of the University of Arizona. The first tours were taken through the unimproved Cave in 1923, tours which involved ropes and lanterns.

Address: 16711 E. Colossal Cave Road, Vail, AZ 85641
Distance from Tra-Tel: 32 miles
Phone: (520) 647-PARK (7275)


Kartchner Caverns State Park

Kartchner Caverns is a stunning limestone cave in Southeastern Arizona and boasts many world-class features that have been protected since the cave was discovered in 1974. The cavern has been surveyed at 2.4 miles long. Kartchner is a wet, "live" cave. Water percolates from the surface and calcium carbonate features continue to grow in the darkness. When you enter into either of the two main galleries, you'll see dynamic structures such as stalactites dripping down like icicles and giant stalagmites reaching up from the ground, sometimes meeting to form a massive column. The caverns are host to a wide variety of unique minerals and formations.

Address: 2980 S Highway 90, Benson, AZ 85602
Distance from Tra-Tel: 53 miles
Phone: (520) 586-4100


Kitt Peak National Observatory

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), supports the most diverse collection of astronomical observatories on Earth for nighttime optical and infrared astronomy and daytime study of the Sun. Founded in 1958, KPNO operates three major nighttime telescopes, shares site responsibilities with the National Solar Observatory and hosts the facilities of consortia which operate 19 optical telescopes and two radio telescopes. Kitt Peak is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, AZ, and has a Visitor Center open daily to the public.

Distance from Tra-Tel: about 60 miles
Phone: (520) 318-8732


Mt. Lemmon

A drive to Mt. Lemmon along Sky Island Scenic Byway offers breathtaking vistas, incredible rock formations, and cool temperatures. The route has biological diversity similar to a drive from Mexico to Canada in a short 25 miles, beginning in the Sonoran desert and climbing through grassland, oak woodland, ponderosa pine forest, and mixed conifer forest. The mountain offers year-round recreation; the lower elevations being most popular in the winter, and high elevations most popular in the summer. Wildlife abounds, and visitors frequently see squirrels, deer, and a variety of birds. The village of Summerhaven offers lodging, dining, and shops. Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley offers wintertime skiing and a scenic sky ride the remainder of the year.

Distance from Tra-Tel: about 40 miles to the top
Phone: (520) 749-8700


Nogales, Mexico

Nogales, Arizona, a crossroads community for a thousand years, with one part in Mexico and the other part in Arizona. Just across the border from Nogales, Arizona, the two cities share the same name but the cultures have evolved separately. Fill your trip to Mexico with its traditions, wonderful shopping and great food.

Architectural buffs will have a heyday in Nogales. Of course, there’s the predominant Sonoran Style. But we also have fine examples of Queen Anne Cottage, Second Empire, Spanish Colonial, Pueblo Revival, Mediterranean Style, and Bungalow Style all within the downtown area. You’ll want to bring your walking shoes.

And be sure to take a stroll along historic Morley Avenue. Many of the stores, like Capin & Company and Brackers Department Store, established in the early 1900s, are run by descendents of pioneer merchants, and are still thriving.

Distance from Tra-Tel: 70 miles


Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon is one of Tucson's natural treasures. Fed by the waters of Sabino Creek and sheltered by the canyon walls, the plants and animals that inhabit the canyon offer an interesting contrast to those found in the surrounding desert. The shade and cool water attract Tucsonans year round to this site.

Distance from Tra-Tel: 18 miles
Phone: (520) 749-8700
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Saguaro National Park

The staff at Saguaro National Park invite you to “Experience Your America” in a way that only the Sonoran Desert can offer. This unique desert is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world, the majestic saguaro. Visitors of all ages are fascinated and enchanted by these desert giants, especially their many interesting and complex interrelationships with other desert life. Saguaro cacti provide their sweet fruits to hungry desert animals. They also provide homes to a variety of birds, such as the Harris’ hawk, Gila woodpecker and the tiny elf owl. Yet, the saguaro requires other desert plants for its very survival. During the first few years of a very long life, a young saguaro needs the shade and protection of a nurse plant such as the palo verde tree. With an average life span of 150 years, a mature saguaro may grow to a height of 50 feet and weigh over 10 tons.

While most visitors to Saguaro National Park choose a leisurely drive on one of our scenic loop drives, those eager for an escape from the rigors of city life often opt to explore the park on one of our many trails. With over 150 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat and easy strolls in the Sonoran Desert to steep and rugged hikes into the Rincon Mountains, visitors of every ability have a place to get out of the car and explore.

Distance from Tra-Tel: About 25 miles
Phone: (520) 733-5153
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San Xavier Mission

San Xavier del Bac, Arizona, is a beautifully preserved gem of the late Baroque style of New Spain. Completed in 1797, it stands in the San Xavier District of Tohono O'odham Nation, about twelve miles south of Tucson, Arizona. Alone of the Sonoran Desert missions, San Xavier is still served by Franciscans, and still serves the Native community for which it was built.

Address: 1950 W San Xavier Rd, Tucson AZ 85746
Distance from Tra-Tel: 13 miles
Phone: 520-294-2624



In Tombstone, "The Town Too Tough To Die" , you can walk the board walks where all of the famous lawmen, outlaws, gamblers and miners walked. Relive the Wild West Days through one of the Gunfight Shows that take place daily. Feel what it was like to travel in the 1800's and take a Stagecoach or Wagon Tour around the Historic District. Belly up to the bar at one of the saloons and have a shot of Red Eye. Visit the Court House and many other Historic Buildings that will take you back in time. Tombstone is the REAL THING, not a movie set or theme park.

Distance from Tra-Tel: 75 miles
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Old Tucson Studios

From daring cowboy stunts with fiery explosions to rip-roarin' can-can musicals and comedies, Old Tucson Studios offers some of the best old west entertainment this side of the Pecos. The experience is so authentic, you can taste it! We pride ourselves on our mesquite-grilled barbecue and authentic Mexican dishes. Knock it down with your favorite brew in the Grand Palace Saloon, and head to Main Street for some turn-of-the-century shopping. Get all decked out and gussied up in some old-fashioned duds for an old-time photo or take a horseback ride into the beautiful desert surrounding the park. And don't miss Old Tucson Studios' very own "silent" movie star, The Reno locomotive! Proudly stationed at the north end of town, The Reno has more than 100 film and television credits.

Address: 201 South Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85735
Distance from Tra-Tel: 17 miles
Phone: (520) 883-0100

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium

Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium includes science halls and exhibits that highlight electricity, magnetism, optics and astronomy. Many of the exhibits encourage visitor experimentation and most are geared to children and adults with limited understanding of optical science and astronomy. The theater presents various science and cultural shows as well as laser light shows.

Address: 1601 E. University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85719
Distance from Tra-Tel: 6 miles
Phone: (520) 621-STAR


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