Autumn, daylight is getting shorter, and we move into cooler temperatures. It's one of the best times of year to explore the beauty of Arizona. Here are are a few seasonal-inspired options to set the tone for Fall.
- VISITING THE PUMPKIN PATCH | A perfect day trip from Tucson, Apple Annie's Orchard in Willcox, Arizona, lets visitors walk the farm to pick their perfect pumpkin. Apple Annie's Orchard also has corn mazes to explore, and don't forget to pick a few fall vegetables from the farm that allow you to craft delicious seasonal dishes!
- FALL CAMPING SPOTS | of our favorite things about Fall is the shift from unbearable summer heat into more manageable temperatures that allow you to enjoy the great outdoors. It's the perfect season for exploring hiking trails and setting up camp to enjoy a city getaway. Check out Tucson.com's list of "4 Places Close to Tucson for the perfect, Outdoorsy fall getaway" to get inspired and plan your autumn oasis.
- PEEKING FALL FOLIAGE | If you're looking for autumn hues this Fall, no need to search further than our own backyard! Tucson's Catalina Mountains produce a beautiful palate of autumn shades as you drive up Catalina Highway on Tucson's northeast side. Popular hiking spots among the autumn trees include Marshall Gulch and the Mount Lemmon area. Are you looking to explore the beauty of Arizona further? Check out places such as Flagstaff, Sedona, Payson, and Prescott. Learn more about each area here, which also make lovely camping grounds as well.
- INCREDIBLE WINE TASTING | Arizona has two distinct wine-growing regions close to Tucson: Sonoita-Elgin to the Southeast, and Willcox to the East. Arizona also has other small pockets of wine growing. Check out this list of wine-growing areas and vinyards to stop by for a glass. Be sure to call ahead to ensure tasting rooms are open and have a safety protocol in place during COVID-19.
- BIRD WATCHING IN AUTUMN | Start your birding experience by spending a day at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It's an excellent place to start your learning about e Southwest birds - and what you should look for when your out birdwatching. Other great opportunities to spot wildfowl are at Saguaro National Park, where you can see Cactus Wrens, Quail, and even Roadrunners. Also, Agua Caliente Park, on the Eastside, is surrounded by desert vegetation and ponds that attract wintering and migrating birds. Head over to the Tucson Audobon Society's website to learn more about birding and the best spots in our area. Finally, check out SculptureTucson and Tucson Botanical Gardens, Bird Houses & Nests: an outdoor sculpture exhibit, happening now through January 3 at the Tucson Botanical Garden.