A few hours drive from Tucson

Nogales is a border city between Mexico and the United States. This southwestern town offers great shopping and dining with a flavor of Mexico. Home to many writers and artists, plenty of shopping.

Tombstone Courthouse was the first Cochise County Courthouse. It was built in 1882 after Cochise County split off from Pima County in 1881. Tombstone was chosen as the county seat because it was the largest town in the county with a population of about 8 to 10 thousand people. The building served as the Cochise County Courthouse until 1929 when the county seat was moved to Bisbee where it remains today. Some of the most notorious criminal cases were tried in the courthouse during Arizona’s territorial period.

Tubac Remnants of the military fort founded by the Spanish in 1752 have been uncovered by University of Arizona archaeologists and preserved by Arizona State Parks. An underground display features portions of the original foundation, walls, and plaza floor of the Presidio (fort) de San Ignacio de Tubac. Spanish soldiers established the fort to control the lcoal Pima and Apache Indians and serve as a base for further exploration of the Southwest. Also featured are a picnic area, an 1885 schoolhouse, and a visitor center with historic exhibits tracing Tubac’s precarious past from the days of Apache raids through its 1860 status as Arizona’s largest frontier town. It is located 45 miles south of Tucson off Interstate 19 near the community of Tubac. A wonderful artists haven with many shops and galleries.