Averaging 350 days of sunshine a year, Tucson
boasts the most sun-filled days of any city in the United States. It is easy to see how this one small fact is paramount in the decision many make when choosing to call Tucson home. And yes, it is a dry heat. Even on the hottest days one only needs to find a shady spot to feel comfortable. And comfort, in Tucson, is key; comfortable weather and a friendly, casual atmosphere are what make Tucson a spectacular city in which to live. The city is surrounded by rugged mountains that rise to over 9,000 feet as well as a magnificent desert landscape.
boasts the best of both worlds—the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Small town is truly a perception however as the city and its surrounding areas continue to grow by nearly 2,000 new residents each month and is currently called home by nearly 1,000,000 people.
To Your Health!
Walking, biking, hiking, you name it, this town does it! Prevention magazine, in conjunction with the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), ranked Tucson
25th for cities that are best suited for fitness and walking. Men’s Fitness Magazine annual survey of fittest and fattest cities, ranked Tucson
as the 14th fittest city in America.
One Tucson highlight for the health-conscious is the El Tour de Tucson
perimeter bike tour. Participation in the 109-mile trek around the city has grown to nearly 9,000 cyclists who come from all over the world.
Another Tucson highlight are Saguaro National Park
and Sabino Canyon
, which have great hiking trails as well as beautiful desert scenery.
Bear Down, Arizona!
Bear down, Arizona. Bear down, red and blue. Bear down, Arizona, hit ‘em hard. Let ‘em know who’s who! Can you hum that tune?? If not, then it’s safe to say you have not had the pleasure of watching the Arizona Wildcats
win any of their 18 national team championships or 35 Pacific 10 Conference Team Championships. University of Arizona
athletes compete in volleyball, soccer, gymnastics and softball for women; football and baseball for men; and basketball, swimming and diving, cross country, golf, tennis and track and field for both men and women.
Flying over the city it becomes apparent from the seemingly endless acres of brick buildings, stadiums, arenas, playing fields, as well as a planetarium and hospital that the University of Arizona
is the hub around which this magnificent city revolves.
The University of Arizona
is ranked as one of the nation’s top research universities. Optics, astronomy, biotechnology, medicine, business, and engineering are just a few areas where world-renowned faculty members share their expertise with over 34,000 students.
From Gem Shows to Rodeos
Each year beginning the first week of February, over 50,000 out-of-town visitors converge on Tucson to shop the world’s largest and most popular gem show, the J.O.G.S Gem & Jewelry Show
. With an estimated 4,000 dealers and vendors from all over the world hosting wholesale and public shows throughout the city; simply put, this event is the quintessential show for paleontologists to the just plain curious.
Rolling in on the heals of the Gem Show comes the annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros
(Celebration of the Cowboys), the largest outdoor mid-winter rodeo in America. It is one of the top 20 rodeos in North America, featuring a week of championship roping and riding events. There is no doubt about it, Tucson is a rodeo town! Where else do schools citywide close for two days in celebration of the rodeo?! And there is no better way to celebrate the Western way of life than to join up with 200,000 of your nearest and dearest friends and snag a spot along the route of the Tucson Rodeo Parade. Eighty years old and still going strong, this is the world's longest non-motorized parade.
Whether it’s a massage at Miraval
, a stroll through Sabino Canyon
, camping in the Cataline State Park
or cheering on the mighty Wildcats, there is no more authentic Southwestern destination than Tucson.
Major League Baseball's Spring Training warms up in Tucson. You can catch all the excitement as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and other
big league teams play practically every day in March.
Tucson also is known for their award winning golf courses, such as La Paloma Country Club
, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
, and Arizona National Golf Club
. The World Golf Championship Accenture Match Play Championships
is held at the Gallery Golf Club
at Dove Mountain.