Car Rental at Tucson Airport
Located eight miles south of the downtown area, Tucson International Airport is second only in passenger traffic to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Although not a focus hub for any major airline, Tucson Airport is nonetheless served by numerous rental car companies to make transport faster and easier within city limits and beyond. After securing your rental car at Tucson Airport, enter the downtown area via I-19, which along with I-10, are the only freeways that serve the north-south corridor. East-west transport can be done via surface roads.
Around the ‘Optics Valley’
In answer to California’s Silicon Valley, Arizona developed their own Optics Valley, home to several observatories that, coupled with Southern Arizona’s clear skies and isolated peaks, make the best bases from where to observe the universe. Kitt Peak National Observatory’s collection of telescopes, the largest in the world, makes it possible for visitors to gaze into deep space. On the ground, explore Tucson’s 10,000-year history by car rental at Tucson Airport. Tucson’s more recent ancient history happened when Spanish colonists moved northward from Mexico to claim land for New Spain. This led to the establishment of a series of missions scattered around the Sonoran Desert: The Mission San Xavier del Bac, just 15 minutes away by car rental from Tucson Airport, is widely considered the most beautiful.
Tucson is the second largest city of the state and one of the anchors of what is known as the Arizona Sun Corridor. It is made up of the state’s capital and largest city, Phoenix, and the two smaller cities of Prescott and Nogales, the last of which is the state’s largest international border town. Phoenix is about two hours north by Tucson Airport car rental. Going south, the Mexican border is just an hour away by car hire from Tucson Airport.
Arizona Wine Trail
The first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Arizona is its arid, sunny climate that is hardly a recipe for a thriving wine industry. But in Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley Wine Trail lets you sample Syrah and Merlot at Oak Creek Vineyards, or Zinfandel at Javelina Leap Vineyards. Rent a car in Tucson Airport and take advantage of the wine region’s proximity to the vortex of energy and photo-worthy Red Rocks found in Sedona just half an hour’s drive to the north if you bring rental cars from Tucson Airport. While Sedona is served by a small airport, most one-way car rentals are dropped off at Flagstaff Municipal Airport an hour farther up.
The Grand Canyon State
Arizona’s moniker tells it all: If there’s anything to take away from your visit in this state, it must be a visit to one of the most breathtaking natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon. As Tucson is in the south, you will have to make your way via the Sun Corridor in your car hire in Tucson Airport to get to Phoenix, and from there via Williams or Flagstaff, it’s five more hours of driving north to Grand Canyon’s South Rim. Instead of driving back down to
Flagstaff, you can continue on to Las Vegas about five hours to the west where you can drop off your one way Tucson Airport car hire at McCarran International Airport.
For a more adventure-filled road trip, drive a one way rental car in Tucson Airport and follow the historic Route 66 from Flagstaff. You can go west to California for a drop off of your rental car at Los Angeles International Airport. If heading east, there are plenty of stopover cities to fly out of after you drop off your rental car if you decide not to make it all the way to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Don’t forget to make a stop in Seligman, the town that inspired Radiator Springs from the animated film ‘Cars.’