I will be meeting my SO in Tucson on 6/12, landing at 1:00pm. We fly back out at 6:00am on 6/16. We would like to venture outside of the Tucson area. We like to take in the natural beauty but it sounds like it will be too hot to plan much hiking during the day. We also like unique attractions. In Tucson, I want to see the Center for Creative Photography, the Arizona-Sonora Dessert Museum and the Mission San Xavier del Bac. I was thinking of a trip to Bisbee, but they have a Gay Pride festival and rooms are sparse.
So I am looking at many attractions, but we don't want to spend too much time in the car. The main interest for me in the Phoenix area would be Taliesin West. I also like the idea of visiting an observatory at Mt. Lemmon or Kitt Peak. Tombstone and Kartchner Caverns are also appealing. Nothing is a "must see" for us. I am looking for ideas on how to arrange the 3-1/2 days to keep it interesting and still fairly active. Is it feasible to take in both Taliesin and Tombstone or are they just too far apart? If we stick with just one direction from Tucson, what would you recommend?
Any recommendations on how to arrange the trip to optimize a variety of interests would be greatly appreciated.