The Tucson To-Do List

Activities for when you’re not at the show

As you read this, you’re likely returning from the holidays, whether you took a break and closed the store for a week, or even for just a couple of days. We hope your holiday season was fruitful, and that you’re coming into 2019 ready to tackle another year.

Now that you’re (hopefully?) feeling a bit refreshed, it’s once again time to kick things into high gear! Replenishing stock, researching new trends and designers to get in store, and giving your staff the pep talk of the century (and perhaps a refresher training course?) are all on your to-do list. Also a must-do: planning to visit Tucson!

As JCK Tucson hovers near, it’s time to make those exhibitor appointments, order a box of new business cards and make a packing list. But having just come off the most hectic time of year, we thought you might like the sound of a few leisure activities to go along with all that business.
With that, here are a few things to do in Tucson—off of the show floor.

The Urban Loop
The Tucson Urban Loop is a great way to get moving outdoors without heading too far out of town. Situated between Marana and Oro Valley, this is a car-free loop of over 100 miles, featuring trails prime for everything from hiking and running, biking, and even horseback riding.

You can also get to the Anza Historic Trail from downtown (a portion of it, anyway—it’s 1,210 miles), and take in some of the history of the American Southwest. It’s a great way to fulfill your active quota without having to bring all of your hardcore hiking gear.

Art and Photography
If your thirst for creativity hasn’t been satiated with a day spent taking in exquisite jewelry designs and rare gemstones (we can’t imagine that could ever be the case, but read on, anyway), hit the streets of Tucson to explore its vibrant, contemporary murals. Read more about that, and download a map, here. There are also classes and workshops available for those who want to try their hand at their own masterpiece.

For a limited time at the Center for Creative Photography is the Richard Avedon: Relationships exhibit, perfect for photography buffs. You’ll find 80 portrait and fashion photographs from the famed photographer, and best of all, it’s free to visit.

Treat Yourself
Staying at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa—home of JCK Tucson—gives you access to a full list of activities that are designed to leave you feeling great. Check out the Hashani Spa for a healing treatment package after a busy day. Hit the lazy river and let your mind drift along with the water. Do an early morning yoga session in a serene desert setting. Or, just order some room service. Whatever floats your relaxation boat, the resort will have an answer for you.

In other amazing activity news, JCK has some things up its sleeve for visitors, too. From morning hikes of the Sonora Desert, Mitakuye Oyasin morning rituals, Fireside Chats, happy hours, and more, guests will fill their days with not only jewelry, but memorable experiences, too. Visit our full schedule of events, here.

Be a Sport
If sports entertainment is more your thing, check out the Tucson Roadrunners—an AHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes—or be there for opening weekend (Feb. 9-10) of the 76th annual winter meet at Rillito Park Track-horse racing.

JCK Tucson will be held at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa February 6 – 9, 2019. Visit for information. And, for a great resource to find more thing to do, check out

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