Tucson, Arizona

  By Ron Souza

RV Travel to Tucson can be an exciting adventure within the framework of a modern city with a diverse cultural and a unique heritage. Beyond the city lie five different mountain ranges which contain many protected environmental areas. State parks, national forests and national parks in the Tucson area offer hundreds of miles of scenic hiking trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re looking to explore the region for the few hours during a leisurely paced day hike or setting out for a longer overnight trek, you will be in awe of the unspoiled, natural beauty of your surroundings.

Tucson is a preferred destination for biking enthusiasts. There are hundreds of miles of easy access trails both paved and unpaved. Whether you’re in training for a long road race, seeking the challenge of rugged mountain trails or just out to enjoy the beautiful scenery, biking around Tucson is exceptional. The Tucson area has been designated by Bicycling Magazine as one of the nation’s best bicycling regions.

A great, yet challenging, outdoor activity is rock climbing and Tucson is one of Arizona’s top rock climbing destinations. Mount Lemmon, with an elevation of 9,000 feet, has more than 1,200 climbing routes for all skill levels from beginner to expert. The vista from atop each route encompasses the vast Sonoran Desert below.

A Good Sam Club RV Park with outstanding Camping Discounts for members will provide easy access to the spectacular beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is not the desert environment that most visitors expect. There are no sand dunes and the floor of the desert is not a vast wasteland. Instead the desert floor teams with a wide variety of plant and animal life. If you take a drive up Mount Lemmon you will pass through several unique eco-systems from desert cactus to Ponderosa Pine forests more typical of Canada. Springtime offers a wonderful explosion of color as wildflowers lie across the desert floor like a giant carpet while full blooming cactus patiently stand guard.

While Tucson is well known for its incredible access to Mother Nature, it is also gaining recognition as a cultural destination. There are many main stream attractions that you will want to see like the Reid Park Zoo with its great selection of both local and exotic animals. The Tucson Children’s Museum offers a totally interactive experience with fun and educational hands-on exhibits within the museum’s 10 unique galleries.

Tucson has some of the clearest skies found anywhere in the Continental US and some of the world’s most highly regarded observatories have been built here. Kit Peak National Observatory, the Smithsonian Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory, the Mt. Graham International Observatory and the Steward Observatory are all open to the public and offer very interesting experiences for those seeking knowledge and information about our solar system.

When planning your next outing, be sure to consider what RV Travel to the Tucson area has to offer and then head out and enjoy your trip.

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