Tread upon a breathtaking landscape that has been traveled and enjoyed by humans for over 4,000 years in Marana, the town that crests Southern Arizona. Find history around every corner and scenery that begs to be explored in this stunning desert region, where the Tortolita and Silverbell mountain ranges shelter the lush agricultural basin of the Santa Cruz Valley.
The Marana community is centered in the heart of a lush farming region of the same name. Check out the community’s Santa Cruz River Path and Heritage Park to see the pretty town from a local’s perspective. The Santa Cruz River is the lifeblood of the Marana community, supplying the agricultural region with the desert’s most precious resource.
Rent a bike and explore the pastoral roads that ring the town. In fall, you’ll be treated to views of a vast blanket of white as the local farmers begin their cotton harvest. If it’s wintertime, Marana and its surrounding region offer some of the best stargazing around. The crisp nights and lack of bright city lights means that you can clearly see a wonderful array of constellations.
Summers in Marana bring more turbulent weather to the desert, so grab your camera and capture photographs of storm clouds brewing over saguaro cacti plains. Check out Tortolita Mountain Park and explore the rugged ranges on foot, by bike or on horseback.
The attractions and shopping malls of Tucson are within easy reach of Marana. Go to Tucson Premium Outlets for a wide range of outlet stores. Have a deluxe resort experience at the Ritz-Carlton on Dove Mountain and enjoy the resort’s golf and spa facilities.
Marana is located 40-minutes’ drive northwest of Tucson. The Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is less than 90-minutes’ drive away. This region is best explored at your own pace by car. Stunning desert reserves, such as Saguaro National Park, Tucson Mountain Park, Tonto National Park and the Santa Catalina Natural Area can all be reached within a few hours’ drive from Marana.
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This Western movie studio and theme park with rides, gunfights and stunt shows has been the setting for hundreds of Hollywood productions.
Experience the natural beauty and wildlife of a large desert canyon on foot, by car or on a narrated tram tour.
Encounter wolves, rattlesnakes, coyotes, bighorn sheep and rare plant species at this living museum in the desert.
Wander through cactus, herb and wildflower gardens and learn about desert plants in this flower-filled sanctuary in the city.
Hike, bike or drive through fields and forests containing one of the most recognized cactus plants in the world.
One of the largest aviation museums in the world houses aircraft and spacecraft from the 1920s to the present.
Quench your thirst for savings. The Tucson Attractions Passport is an entertainment value for the whole family, offering 2-for-1 admissions and other discounts at over 80 attractions, museums and shopping areas. Most of the gated attractions offer 2-for-1 admission discounts.
Get a taste for the Tucson of yore with full-day admission to the Presidio San Agustín del Tucson Museum. Take an entertaining tour of a reconstruction of Tucson's founding fortress, and interact with intrepid 18th-century trailblazers at this educational site in the heart of Old Pueblo.
Celebrating 80 years in 2019, Old Tucson is where the Spirit of the Old West Comes Alive! This theme park lets you walk the streets featured in your favorite western movies. Experience an array of live shows including gunfights, stunts and high-kicking saloon music and dance shows.
Channel your inner gumshoe and put your sleuthing, problem-solving, and perception skills to the test during an hour-long race against the clock. In a themed escape room, work with your team to find clues, solve puzzles, and piece together the mystery to get out of the room before time runs out.
Embark on an interactive tour of Tucson, exploring the city while following clues and completing unique challenges. See landmarks and historical sites including the Cathedral of Saint Augustine, Fox Theatre, and Hotel Congress while you solve puzzles that lead you on a memorable tour.
Using your smartphone, you'll be given nearly 150 objects to find during your scavenger hunt. You'll then wander throughout the downtown area searching for the items. Once you've found the object, you'll send a photo in to score points.