Is this a mirage? Vast skies above the Sonoran Desert. Towering saguaro cacti bursting to life in the spring. Splashes of color across the earthy terrain. Roadrunners—and cyclists!—revitalized by cooler fall temperatures. Luxurious resorts and quaint artists' towns. It's not a mirage. It's Arizona.
1 Stroll in beautiful Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, where a permanent herd of pronghorn antelope plays | Pedal in the high desert, perhaps spotting javelinas, jackrabbits or roadrunners | Visit the Spanish mission of Tumacácori, a National Historic Monument.
2 Journey to the rolling grasslands of Sonoita, Arizona’s wine country, at an altitude of 5,000 feet | Bike the scenic road around “vineyard alley” to Italian-inspired Kief-Joshua Estates for an exclusive tasting | There’s an eclectic vibe in Patagonia, a former mining and railroad town | Spin along quiet riverside roads past adobe houses and ranchos | Browse Tubac’s distinctive art galleries and studios.
3 Marvel at high-desert flora as you bike on the Old Spanish Trail | Explore Saguaro National Park, home to the long-armed saguaro cactus, which grows nowhere else on Earth | Horse ranches line the route to Tucson’s expansive River Park Trail.
4-5 Visit the unique Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum | Pedal iconic Gates Pass with a breathtaking climb over rainbow-colored mountains | In Tucson, treat yourself to tacos and a cold drink at Mercado San Augustín | Immerse yourself one last time in the quintessential Arizona landscape, punctuated by massive saguaros | Walk from the hotel into the stunning Tortolita Mountain foothills, following trails through a land once occupied by the Hohokam people.