Tucson Arizona Area Information
Located in the borderland region of Southern Arizona, Tucson is a bustling metropolis well-known for its rugged natural beauty and rich history. Surrounded by five mountain ranges, endless cactus forests, rolling hills and winding dry riverbeds, Tucson is home to a wide variety of museums, family attractions, national parks, restaurants and venues, located within easy travel distance of all the best that the area has to offer.
Tucson enjoys more sunshine per year than any other U.S. city and experiences an average yearly high of 83 degrees with a low of 54. It boasts a mild climate in the spring, fall and winter. Even though the temperature heats up in the summer months, humidity levels are low, making Tucson a comfortable and often therapeutic vacation spot year-round.
Home to 800,000 Arizonians, Tucson is alive with activity. The downtown area is considered the historic and cultural center of the Old Pueblo, with the Arts District, professional theater, ballet, opera, symphony and ten historical districts nearby. Downtown Tucson is also home to one-of-a-kind shops, architecture, historical landmarks and other interesting places for sightseeing. Some of the city’s most notable landmarks are located in the Downtown area, including the Charles O. Brown House, St. Augustine Cathedral, the old Pima County Courthouse and the Hotel Congress.
Tucson’s eclectic and enjoyable Downtown is just the beginning of what the city has to offer newcomers and old friends, alike. The city is rich with the unique histories of ancient Native American peoples, Spanish settlers and Anglo farmers, all of which color Tucson’s thriving culture today. Tucson boasts dozens of museums, cultural centers and attractions, including the Arizona Historical Society, archeological sites such as those at Murray Springs and Signal Hill, as well as attractions like the Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum. Many of these attractions are interactive and hands-on—you can even take part in an archeological dig!
It’s easy to learn about the history of Tucson and Southwestern Arizona by joining one of the city’s many custom or guided tours. Excursions are conducted by bus or walking tour and allow visitors to explore everything including nature preserves, ghost towns, Mexican beaches and historical neighborhoods within the city. Tours of the Sonoran Desert and many of the old missions are even offered year-round.
Of course, there are plenty of opportunities to explore on one’s own, as well—and Tucson has something for practically every taste and ability. From taking a daytrip to one of Arizona’s picturesque national or state parks to catching a baseball game played by one of the three professional teams that train in Tucson, there’s plenty to do and explore. The area is also populated with plenty of golf clubs, dude ranches and even a few businesses that allow visitors to explore the region from the skies in a hot air balloon. Whether the mood strikes for mountain climbing, miniature golf or a peaceful stroll through a city park, Tucson’s outdoors have much to share.
Tucson also enjoys a thriving nightlife, restaurant scene and various types of entertainment throughout the year. Night clubs, theaters and music venues are located throughout the city and cater to a wide variety of tastes. The city is also known for its delicious Southwestern and Mexican fare, though practically any craving can be matched by Tucson’s chefs.
No matter what time of year, Tucson is practically always busy with seasonal events, festivals and activities—many of which have garnered international attention. La Fiesta de los Vaqueros is the largest outdoor mid-winter rodeo in America and the Tucson International Mariachi Conference attractions many fans and followers of the musical genre every year. Another popular event is the Tucson Gem Show, an event catering to thousands of collectors and spectators every February that has grown to be the largest show of its kind in the world.
Smaller events such as art shows, peach pickings, concerts and guest lectures occur throughout the year as well. Whether you want to hit the green at the weekly Ladies’ Afternoon Tee, feel the groove of new R&B and hip hop with DJ Amril at the Heart Five Club or learn to draw animals at a local arts center, Tucson’s local events and activities offer something for practically every age, ability and mood.
There are also attractions and adventures outside of Tucson that make great day trips from the city and from Cactus Country RV Resort. Leave the hustle and bustle to visit a Western-themed town; shop, go wine tasting and stop in at a rustic café for lunch; take a trek into the desert to spot wildlife or go birding; enjoy a peaceful day at the golf course; or find yourself on an exhilarating mountain bike ride. In Tucson, the possibilities are endless.