Life in Tucson

Tucson has a metro population of over 1 million people according to the 2010 census. It is situated about 60 miles away from the US-Mexico border and is nestled in between several mountain ranges. It has an elevation of 2400 feet which makes Tucson cooler than Phoenix. The city of Tucson has a desert climate with sunny skies about 350 days a year, beautiful fall/winter/spring and hot summers.  Due to its location, surrounding scenery, and great weather, Tucson is great for people who want to spend time outdoors. The temperature ranges from the 60s- 80s F for the majority of the year.

Restaurant/Bar Scene

In 2017, Tucson was the first American city to be designated a “City of Gastronomy” by UNESCO.

Our Residents' Favorites
  • Culinary Dropout
  • The Parish
  • Seis
  • Reforma
  • Union Public House
  • El Guero Canelo (Sonoran Dogs!)
  • Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink
  • Charro Steak
  • Café Poca Cosa
  • 47 Scott and Co
  • Senae Thai Bistro
  • Borderlands Brewing
  • Independent Distillery, Sidecar

Things to Do In and Around Tucson

  • Mt Lemmon: Just a 45 minute drive away and at 9000 feet above sea level, this is a popular area for hiking, camping, and cycling.
  • University of Arizona Sports – The football, basketball, and baseball teams are loved by Tucsonians.
  • Golfing
  • The Loop - 131 miles of paved bike lanes and trails
  • Mountain Biking – Fantasy Island Bike Park, Sweetwater Trail System, Honeybee Canyon, 50-year trail system, Arizona Trail, Mount Lemmon Trail Systems
  • Hiking – Sabino Canyon, Tumamoc Hill
  • Desert Museum – TripAdvisor #11 Museum in the US (2015)
  • Pima Air and Space Museum
  • Biosphere 2
  • Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Fishing and Camping: Patagonia, White Mountains
  • White Mountains
  • Chiricahua Mountains
  • Weekly farmers markets at multiple locations around town
  • 4th Avenue Arts District
  • Tucson Museum of Art
  • Reid Park Zoo

Weekend Getaways

  • Phoenix is a 90 minute drive north and is home to Arizona Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Suns. Phoenix and Scottsdale have a vibrant downtown restaurant and bar scene. There are many golf courses/spas.
  • Many resorts in town that offer locals large discounts in the off-season
  • Flagstaff
  • Sedona
  • Grand Canyon
  • Rocky Point, Mexico: 4 hr road trip across the Mexican border, this beach town is a popular getaway spot
  • San Diego: 6 hr drive or 1 hr direct flight
  • Las Vegas: 6 hr drive or 1 hr direct flight


Tucson International Airport

Direct flights to Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Portland, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Provo, Denver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Vancouver

Phoenix International Airport

90 minute drive from Tucson with more direct flight options
Available shuttle service to/from airport