Arizona Skies: Scenic Days & Starry Nights

May 4 - 12, 2019

Arizona is TravelQuest’s backyard, and there’s no mystery why: beneath our vast, clear skies you find some of most exciting astronomical destinations in the world.

Join us in May 2019 as we partner with Astronomy magazine on a nine-day journey from Tucson to Flagstaff that we’ve called Arizona Skies. We want to share the beauty of our desert home, from its landscapes dotted with cacti to the incredible expanse of stars overhead. Guided by your expert trip leader, and Astronomy editor Michael Bakich, we can also take you behind the scenes at some of our region’s greatest astronomical landmarks, including the Kitt Peak National Observatory, the magnificent Barringer Meteor Crater, the Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory at the University of Arizona – and, of course, historic Lowell Observatory.

Timed to coincide with the new Moon, our unique itinerary includes specially arranged stargazing sessions in Sonoran Desert locations. Add in the stunning Grand Canyon and the red-rock formations around Sedona, and you have a Southwest adventure designed for sky watchers of every level of expertise and interest.

Join Michael E. Bakich to Arizona

Senior Editor of Astronomy Magazine

Michael E. BakichYour TravelQuest trip leader has been fascinated with the stars since the third grade, when his parents bought him a set of flash cards describing the constellations. From that day forward, Michael Bakich’s goal was to become an astronomer.

Michael realized his dream in 1975, when he graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in astronomy. He continued his studies at Michigan State University, and in 1977 earned a Master of Arts in planetarium education – one of only a half-dozen such degrees ever awarded.

A senior editor with Astronomy magazine, Michael has written several books for Cambridge University Press and other publishers. His most recent, Your Guide to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse (Springer Publishing) uses the landmark U.S. event as the starting point for a detailed exploration of eclipses in general. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge – and a passion for all things astronomical – to your Arizona Skies journey.

We have limited space on this special trip, so make your plans today!


  • Tour and stargazing from Kitt Peak National Observatory
  • Explore Pima Air & Space Museum
  • Full day at Grand Canyon National Park
  • Scenic drive through red rocks in Sedona, AZ
  • Special tour of famous Lowell Observatory

Some of our travelers share their experiences from this tour.


Cody Carter