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Getting to Know Tucson, AZ

The brilliant sunsets over Tucson, Arizona, are a perfect introduction to this desert city. Originally a Spanish possession, this urban jewel in southern Arizona has much to offer its residents. The University of Arizona is a world-class institution and close to downtown, so many apartments are also within a few blocks of the downtown area. Sometimes referred to as "The Old Pueblo," Tucson is a biker's and runner's paradise, with trails galore, and a near-perfect climate that makes it easy to get outdoors most days.

Thanks to its location on a plain in the Sonoran Desert and the surrounding mountains, this Sun Belt city experiences hot summers, low humidity, mild winters and an abundance of sunshine.

 

Tucson, AZ Attractions

Living in Tucson affords you a wealth of exciting attractions waiting to be explored just outside your apartment door. Discover the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which includes a zoo and botanical garden. Residents who want a taste of the area's Spanish heritage can visit the Jesuit mission San Xavier del Bac, originally built in 1692. The Center for Creative Photography and Titan Missile Museum offer interesting exhibits on their specific subjects. Adventurous residents can tour Biosphere 2, a facility for scientific research originally used to study closed ecological systems. Apartments in Tucson can be found in all of these entertainment hotspots.

Tucson is a mid-size city with big-city amenities, including a vibrant arts and music scene. Linger inside the University of Arizona Museum of Art viewing works by European and American artists, catch a Broadway-style show at Temple of Music and Art or listen to masterworks at a Tucson Symphony Orchestra performance.

 

Tucson Apartments and Neighborhoods

If your idea of Tucson living translates to being in the middle of it all, then the downtown area, with its mix of shops, restaurants, live music venues, museums and bars, is right for you. Head to Central Tucson for a bike-friendly community; Northwest Tucson puts you close to outdoor activities; and Carolina Foothills offers upscale living. Families love the Eastside for its playgrounds and gardens, while the neighborhoods surrounding University of Arizona is ideal for students looking for fun and peer interaction.

If you are hunting for the perfect Arizona apartment, you can do no better than using Apartment Guide. Whether you are fascinated with small studio apartments or stylish two-bedroom abodes, use Apartment Guide to find a beautiful new home for the coming years. The sheer variety of Tucson, AZ apartments allows you to choose a community that reflects the spirit of the desert and meets your needs.

 

Fun Things to Do in Tucson

When tracking down the right apartment, Tucson residents might consider their proximity to annual fairs and festivals. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Tucson Festival of Books are both wildly popular. The city also holds a folk festival each May. Finally, the annual Tucson Rodeo induces even reluctant cowboys to celebrate the spirit of the Wild West. Certain apartments in Tucson, AZ are even located along the rodeo parade route.

Treat yourself to an activity that doesn't cost a thing. Head to Santa Cruz River Park to stroll along the dry riverbed or to visit to its Thursday Farmers Market.

 

For Families with Kids in Tucson

Parents looking for entertaining, family focused activities can plan a day at Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, an interactive museum of tiny houses and figurines, or gaze at the stars at Flandrau Science Center and Planetarium on the University of Arizona campus. For parents reviewing their kids' options for schooling, Tucson offers a mix of public and charter schools, including nine high schools, 25 traditional and middle schools and nearly 70 elementary schools.

 

Tucson's Outdoor Living and Natural Beauty

No matter where you decide to live in Tucson, you'll be guaranteed a view of the mountains in every direction, 350-plus days of sunshine, vivid sunsets and wide-open spaces. Tucson's incomparable weather can best be embraced with an outing at one of the nearby parks. Here are our picks for the best places to hike in Tucson:

  • Tucson Mountain Park: From beginner to lung-busting trails, this 20,000-acre park 15 miles east of Tucson has trails for every skill level, including the hike up to Gates Pass.
  • Saguaro National Park: Home to the iconic saguaro cacti, this national park east and west of the city offers several hiking trails with opportunities to encounter jackrabbits and Gila monsters as you view the 1.6 million saguaros.
  • Pima Canyon: Hike this canyon of craggy peaks and thick forest landscapes to glimpse birds and desert bighorn sheep living just 10 miles north of downtown Tucson.
  • Sabino Canyon: Hit the Bear Canyon trail on your way to Seven Falls waterfall, a moderate hike in the Sabino Canyon, which offers a number of trails to see saguaros and ocotillos.
  • Catalina State Park: Test your hiking skills as you journey to "The Window" by following the Ventana Canyon Trail, one of Tucson's most daring trails, with its steep switchbacks and challenging climbs. A late fall or winter hike timed to catch the sunset through the natural rock opening is worth the 12.8-mile (round trip) hike.

 

Pet-friendly Tucson

Tucson also boasts numerous dog-friendly restaurants, dog parks and hiking trails, including Agua Caliente Park on the northeast side of town and Rillito River Park Trail, which offers water fountains at each intersection along the trail.

 

Getaways from Tucson

When you feel the need to getaway, the beaches of San Diego are about a seven-hour drive. Head north, and you can hit the ski slopes in Flagstaff in about four hours. The stark red rock canyons, Coconino National Forest petroglyphs and New Age shops and ancient vortexes draw visitors to Sedona, less than four hours away.