Boating isn’t the first thing you imagine when you think of the dry deserts and sprawling canyons of Arizona, but you’d be surprised to find that there are tons of lakes and rivers in the state that offer some of the most fun boat adventures you’ll find anywhere. Here are the best Arizona boat adventures to check out this summer.
The Saguaro Lake has the Desert Belle, a big ferry that cruises around the river and even features music on weekend nights. You can also get on a tour boat in Lake Havasu City and tour the Colorado River or take a twilight dinner cruise on Canyon Lake. If you’d rather steer the boat yourself, though, there are plenty of lakes and rivers for that too.
Go kayaking in the Colorado River at Black Canyon and see the emerald green cove, or rent a paddleboard and take it out on Lake Powell, a beautiful lake surrounding by towering rock. For a more urban experience, take a pedal boat for two out on Tempe Town Lake. And of course there’s no better way to spend your weekend getaway than with the water to wine tour on the Verde River, located near the Alcantara Vineyard.
Arizona is a beautiful state, and there are tons of campgrounds where you’ll discover things you never expected. Whether you’re an Arizona native or you’re just visiting, here are some of the best Arizona campgrounds to check out this summer!
One campground is Bear Canyon Campground, which is located on Bear Canyon Lake and surrounded by trees for a secluded experience. If you’re looking for a spot on the water, another option is Hilltop Campground, which is on Lynx Lake in the Prescott National Forest.
The Dairy Springs Campground in Coconino National Forest is near Lake Mormon and is teeming with plenty of gorgeous hiking trails. Coconino is actually home to quite a few beautiful campgrounds, like Pine Flat Campground near Oak Creek and Manzanita Campground.
Christopher Creek Campground in Tonto National Forest is on a first-come first-serve basis and is located on the Mogollon Rim. If you want to stay at the Grand Canyon for a while instead of just taking a day trip, camp overnight in Grand Canyon National Park at the Desert View Campground, which has 50 available sites.
Now that summer is here, it’s time to have some fun! Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we love living and working in Tucson. Here are some great June events in Tucson that you should consider attending.
National Trails Day. On June 3rd, celebrate America’s greatest recreational trails with a visit to Mt. Lemmon in Coronado National Forest. You can also explore other local areas including Catalina State Park, Oracle State Park, or Fort Bowie National Historic Site.
Spacefest VIII. From June 8th through the 11th, the JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort will host the annual reunion of NASA Apollo astronauts, astronomers, space scientists, authors, and fans. Ticket costs range from $20-$30 per day (children 12 and under are free).
Mexican Food Festival. On June 17th, just in time for Father’s Day weekend, head to the best 23 miles of authentic Mexican food in the state. This area includes the City of South Tucson, lower midtown, and downtown. In addition to enjoying the great food, there will be food demonstrations, live music, and more.
Salute to the Buffalo Soldiers Days. This fun festival is hosted by the city of Tombstone and runs from June 23rd through June 25th from 8am to 5pm each day. There will be street entertainment, food, a parade, and more.
Which of these summer events are you planning to attend?
Spring is officially just a few weeks away, but here in Arizona we’re already enjoying ideal weather. That means it’s time to head outdoors now before temperatures reach triple-digits in a few months. Here are some great outdoor events near Tucson in March that you should consider adding to your calendar.
March 3-5 – Wild Wild West Steampunk Convention: Wander the streets of Old Tucson and you’ll feel like you’ve actually stepped back in time; arrive in a costume for even more fun. There will be train rides, concerts, street performers, and so much more.
March 1-April 2 – Arizona Renaissance Festival: Go back to the 16th century and watch jousting knights, watch actors perform live on stage, explore over 200 artisan stands, eat as many turkey legs as you can, and have a day filled with fun.
March 1-April 30 – Presidio Museum Walking Tours: This museum recreates the original Presidio, which encompassed about 11 acres of what is currently downtown Tucson. With these tours, you can get a more in-depth look at what daily life looked like in the late 1700s.
March 11-12 – Tucson Festival of Books: If you love books, be sure to head to this festival that will host more than 350 authors for panel discussions, presentations, and more. There will also be a special program for visitors of all ages.
Here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi, we are looking forward to heading outdoors this month and having some fun.
When you come to Tucson, whether you’ve lived here your whole life or are just visiting, there is always something new to see or do. If you’re looking for something new to do, here are five ways to have fun in Tucson.
Explore the Outdoors. The Tucson area is a unique part of the United States with a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of the best places to explore include the Sabino Canyon and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.
Learn about history. Here in Tucson you can learn about local history and even history from further afield. Try visiting the Pima Air & Space Museum or the Mission San Xavier del Bac with over 400 years of history within its walls.
Eat some food. With more restaurants than you could ever need, Tucson offers plenty of options for delicious food. Be sure to enjoy some authentic southwestern cuisine.
See a show. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional stage play or something a bit more laid back, Tucson has what you need. Visit the Gaslight Theater and you’ll get dinner along with a fun show.
Have some fun. There are numerous festivals in the city throughout the year, including the All Souls Procession held the first weekend of November each year.
Looking for fall Arizona events? There’s plenty to do in the state, whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, concert, or cultural experience. With a new Mitsubishi model, you’ll easily be able to explore the state, including some of the most memorable activities and events in recent years. Here’s a list of just some of the many things happening.
According to the Visit Arizona website, one of the most popular events in the area will include the Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival. This will include a range of events and festival activities, including those hosted by Southern Arizona cultures and ethnic communities. You can eat some great food, see live performance, listen to music, and see folk art demonstrations. There will also be traditional dancers from the Pascua Yaqui tribe and the Tohono O’odham nation. This festival is from October 7 to 9.
You can also stop by the 31st annual Butterflied Overland Stage Days. This celebration recognizes the famous mail route that spanned from St. Louis to San Francisco. There will be music under the Ramada from October 7 to 9 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm (10am to 2pm on Saturday and Sunday). There will also be a car show, vendors, art shows, food, and more.
These are just two of the upcoming events near Tucson in the future. You can experience local culture and history, as well as have a good time. Stop by today.
Many schools are back in session, which means it’s time for parents to provide transportation for their kids. Carpooling can be a bit tricky, especially if you’re new to the whole “taking the kids to school” thing. Fortunately, we here at Quebedeaux Mitsubishi have some excellent back-to-school carpool tips that can help you transition into the new school year!
Organize – Before heading out to school, contact other parents and plan out the route and schedule so no kid gets left waiting in the driveway. Ensure there are enough seats for each child and remind the children who will be picking them up before and after school each day. Doing so will ensure there’s no confusion among the kids.
Drive – Did you know there are quite a few rules and recommendations about driving with children in the car? For example, the NHTSA suggested children who are shorter than four feet, nine inches must ride in a booster seat. Kids 12 years old and younger also can’t ride in the passenger seat. As always, obey the speed limits and pay attention to the crossing guards.
Arrival – When dropping off the kids, make sure they exit the car on the curbside. Have the older children keep an eye on the younger ones as they exit the vehicle. As always, minimize distractions and keep an eye on the road!
There are way too many things going on in Tucson next month to list—there are 30 pages for August on VisitTucson.org’s event calendar! You’ll never run out of August events in Tucson to go to, but here are some of the coolest things going on.
One event being held every week is the Cinema La Placita film series, which shows classic films outdoors in the plaza of La Placita Village in downtown Tucson every Thursday through the end of August at 7:30pm. Admission is only $3! There are all kinds of summer-long events going on, including art shows and weekly concerts, so be sure to check out the event calendar.
If you’re an instrumental music fan, check out the performance by the famous group The Piano Guys on August 4 at the Tucson Music Hall. Nature and animal lovers should definitely hang out at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum on a Saturday night for Cool Summer Nights, where each week they stay late after the museum closes and watch the night animal life come out when the sun sets.
Tucson has something for everyone, from a Birding and Nature Festival for the birdwatching crowd to a youth triathlon organized by the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Wherever your interests lie, you’re sure to have fun in Tucson this summer!
Tucson, Arizona is always alive with plenty of things to do. Summer in Tucson certainly isn’t boring by any stretch of the imagination. With June out of the way, July is here, and there are plenty of Tucson July events to go around regardless of where your interests lie.
July starts on a Friday, which means July 1st starts off with a Friday Night Live event in Main Gate Square where visitors can relax and enjoy live jazz music. If you’re looking for more live music, Enrique Iglesias will be in town at the AVA Amphitheater on July 2nd, or enjoy any of the many musical events throughout the month, like the Sizzling Summer Sounds Cabaret Series.
If local nature and history is more your jam, the Creatures of the Night showing at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum also falls on July 2nd. There’s also the Sweet Corn Festival July 9th through 10th, and Steam Pump Ranch offers special activities like live music, special tours, cultural presentations, and more on the 9th.
A number of events will celebrate Independence Day, like Military Appreciation Day at the International Wildlife Museum, the FC Tucson 4th of July Blast, or Casino Del Sol Resort’s Free Fireworks Extravaganza. There’s, of course, plenty more where that came from, so be sure to keep an eye on what’s going on in town for the Fourth.
As the month goes on, more and more Tucson July events will unfurl; there’s no way to list all of them. Keep an eye on the local event calendar for whatever strikes your interest.
Between May 9th and May 15th, there were six different events in Tucson in which local businesses offered their goods to the public through outdoor food trucks. These events, such as Downtown Food Truck Rally, Community Fair & Silent Auction, or Tucson Pops Concert, among others, gave people the chance to try a bit of new grub. Here’s a few hidden gems found among the Tucson food trucks for you to give a shot.
Nhu Lan Vietnamese: Tired of the same old Asian food? Nhu Lan offers authentic Vietnamese cuisine, like Banh mi sandwiches packed with your choice of fresh veggies or savory Shrimp Tempura. Nhu Lan Vietnamese is located on 4th Avenue, so give it a try—or if you’d rather stick to your fail-safe Chinese food, they have some popular Chinese dishes as well.
Bam Bam Truck: If you’ve never heard of Mexican-Asian fusion, that’s because you’ve never tried Bam Bam. Try the Korean Tacos—they’re Bam Bam Truck’s bestselling dish, packed with kimchi, cilantro, salsa, sesame seeds, and more delicious veggies and toppings blended from the two cultures. Its permanent location is at The Flycatcher on 4th Avenue.
Pin-Up Pastries: Sweets are the name of the game in this delicious pastry shop. Known for their experimental treats and creativity, Pin-Up Pastries offers whoopie pies in every possible flavor known to man. Tucson Foodie recommends their tangy Lime Macadamia Squares. There’s no permanent location, but check out Raytheon on Hermans Road. If Pin-Up isn’t there, check the listings for any upcoming food truck events in the area.
Tucson food trucks offer many more goodies besides just these three. It’s a good idea to hit these recommendations alongside any other little-known restaurants at food truck rallies and events. Who knows? You might find some hidden gems of your own.