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Arizona’s Southern Sights Ride

Motorcycle Tucson to Tombstone & Back


Though you’re saddling a motorcycle instead of a horse, you’ll still get the full Old West adventure on this loop ride through southern Arizona. From the quirks of Old Tucson to the famed O.K. Coral of Tombstone, you’ll soon see how southern Arizona’s history, charm, and scenic desert landscape is hard matched.

From Tucson, hop on Interstate 10 southward about 30 miles to Green Valley – a great example of small-town artsy Arizona. Explore the Tubac Arts District, or head further south to the shopping mecca that is Nogales. Find anything from local art and jewelry to homemade foods and spices in Nogales, but don’t weigh yourself down too much for the ride into Bisbee.

From Nogales, head east on Arizona highways 82, 90, and 80 for a little over 80 miles – a great tour of southern Arizona’s unique surroundings. Once in the historic mining town of Bisbee, however, get ready for tours of the Copper Queen Mine and the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum. Shop through historic downtown Bisbee, and maybe grab a snack for the trip into Tombstone.

Just 23 miles north on AZ-80, Tombstone – the “Town Too Tough to Die” – features famed stops like OK Coral, Boothill Graveyard, and Bird Cage Theater Museum. Be sure to catch the Tombstone Historama – not to be missed – and visit both the Crystal Palace Saloon and Big Nose Kate's Saloon before leaving Tombstone and the 1880s.

From Tombstone, head north 25 miles back to I-10 and the town of Benson. Once in Benson, make time for Gammons Gulch, and the stunning Kartchner Caverns State Park.

You’re heading west on I-10 for less than an hour before you’re back in Tucson. If you’ve got time, explore Old Tucson, ride around Saguaro National Park’s Cactus Forest Drive, or roar past architectural prides like the Pima County Courthouse and St. Augustine Cathedral – a great capper to Arizona’s Southern Sights Ride.


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Best Western Hotels Along the Way:

1

Best Western Green Valley Inn

111 S La Canada Drive, Green Valley AZ 85614-2601
Phone: +1 520-625-2250  |  Fax: (520) 625-0215  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

2

Best Western Sonora Inn & Suites

750 W Shell Road, Nogales AZ 85621-1152
Phone: +1 520-375-6500  |  Fax: (520) 375-6501  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

3

Best Western Royal Sun Inn & Suites

1015 N Stone Avenue, Tucson AZ 85705-7748
Phone: +1 520-622-8871  |  Fax: (520) 623-2267  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

4

Best Western InnSuites Tucson Foothills Hotel & Suites

6201 N Oracle Road, Tucson AZ 85704-5409
Phone: +1 520-297-8111  |  Fax: (520) 297-2935  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

5

Best Western Gold Poppy Inn

4930 W Ina Road, Tucson AZ 85743-8633
Phone: +1 520-579-7202  |  Fax: (520) 579-3894  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

6

Best Western Plus Tucson Int'l Airport Hotel & Suites

6801 S Tucson Boulevard, Tucson AZ 85756-7015
Phone: +1 520-746-3932  |  Fax: (520) 889-9934  |  Hotel Details & Reservations »

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