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All About Tucson

 All About Tucson
    Tucson Weather

    Tucson is one of the sunniest cities in the United States with about 350 days of sunshine each year. Tucson is known for its mild climate during spring, fall, and winter, and it attracts visitors and part-year residents from all over the map. Temperatures rise in the summer, but low humidity helps even the warmest days feel manageable. Summer nights cool off considerably, and are very enjoyable.

    In July and August, Tucson has a rainy season known as "The Monsoons." The monsoons are gratefully welcomed by local Tucsonans because the afternoon rainstorms cool down the temperature and replenish the dry desert. In addition, the monsoons are often accompanied by impressive lightning shows.


    The highest temperature ever recorded was 117 degrees Fahrenheit on June 26, 1990. The annual average high temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius), the low average temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). The hottest months of the year are June and July, and the coolest are December and January.     

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    Information provided by the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau




     
       Tucson Real Estate Climate Index
    Local Tucson Schools

    Tucson Schools

     

     

     

    Tucson Areas and Neighborhoods 

    Click here to find out more about Tucson neighborhoods and listing searches by area and price.  


      
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      Tucson Neighborhoods
    Employment in Tucson


    Video compliments of TREO: http://www.treoaz.org/index.aspx


    Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities Inc. (TREO)
    provides information on Tucson's largest employers with
    Raytheon and the University of Arizona at the top of the list.
    You can also find out who makes up our workforce in the
    Old Pueblo and other demographic and economic information.   
     
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    Bike Commuting

    Tucson is a great place to get around by bicycle because of the city's ample sunshine and many designated bike routes and lanes. The City of Tucson provides free bike safety classes, bike route maps, and great resources on their web page.

    In addition, BICAS
    (Bicycle Inter-Community Action and Salvage) is a non-profit community education and recycling center for bicycles. You can get help fixing your bike, buy used parts, and take classes on how to maintain and build bicycles.     Top


    Public Transportation

    Suntran is Tucson's public bus system. Their website includes information on routes and fares
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      Biking in Tucson




    Tucson Public Bus Suntran
     
    Tucson Arts and Culture

     
    Performing Arts

    Arizona Friends of Chamber Music
    Presenting the world's finest chamber music groups: Evening Chamber Music Series, Tucson Winter Chamber Music Festival, Sunday Matinee Series "Piano & Friends." Leo Rich Theatre in Tucson Convention Center.

    Arizona International Film Festival
    Considered the largest and longest-running film festival in Arizona.

    Arizona Opera
    Five productions each season running Oct. through April in the Tucson Music Hall. All performances are sung in their original language with English translations projected above the stage. Call for current schedule.

    Arizona Theatre Company
    Arizona's leading professional theater company. Performances Tues.-Sun., Sept.-May, at Temple of Music and Art. Discounts for seniors, students, military, groups. Major credit cards.

    Ballet Tucson
    Tucson's local ballet company that performs a variety of full-length and contemporary ballets each year. Ballet Tucson also performs the Nutcracker every holiday season.

    Borderlands Theater
    A nonprofit, professional theater company whose works reflect the diverse voices and issues of the Southwest Borderlands. Discounted ticket prices available for seniors and students.

    Orts Theatre of Dance/ O-T-O Dance
    Orts is a flying modern dance company that is based in Tucson and performs all over the world.

    The Rialto Theater
    The historic Rialto hosts a broad array of performers and talent, including rock bands, jam bands, comedians, heavy metal, hip hop, film, jazz, flamenco, country, skiffle - you name it, they've hosted it.

    Tucson Jazz Society
    Your source for Tucson's jazz scene presenting local, national, and international talent.

    Tucson Symphony Orchestra
    Now in its 79th season serving Tucson and Southern Arizona with performances of the highest caliber in a season of classics, pops, chamber, and ensemble concerts. 

    UApresents
    UApresents brings the highest quality performances to Tucson. Performances Sept. - May at Centennial Hall, located on the University of Arizona campus.   

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    Tucson Performing Arts


    Other Museums

     Arizona Historical Society
    Follow the exploration and development of Arizona through permanent and changing exhibits that offer a variety of experiences for children and adults.

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    In the heart of the Sonoran Desert: living exhibits include more than 1,300 types of plants, 300 kinds of animals. Open daily, year-round.


    Arizona State Museum
    Collections, preservation, research and interpretation of the cultures of the Greater Southwest. This anthropological museum has been located at the University of Arizona since 1893. Find prehistoric Hohokam, Mogollon and Anasazi and American Indian cultures of the area.

    Flandrau Science Center
    Tucson's only planetarium offering both scientific astronomy shows and fun laser shows with different music themes. The premises also offers some interactive exhibits and a gift shop.


    University of Arizona Mineral Museum
    The museum has a collection of over 15,000 specimens and an additional 6,000+ micromount specimens. A non-profit organization funded by the University of Arizona and the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society. 

    Pima Air and Space Museum
    This is a great place to see recent aviation history. Take a peak inside a B2 bomber, see vintage and current aircraft. Over 200 examples. Travel south and look inside a missile silo - a designated National Historic Landmark.


    Tucson Children's Museum
    Excites, inspires and challenges children. Fun, interactive, educational exhibits and hands-on programs.
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    Tucson Children's Museum

     
    Art Museums and Galleries

    Center for Creative Photography
    The most accessible collection in the world, this museum and research center is devoted to photography as an art form. Print from the photography collection, research archives, see exhibitions, participate in educational programs.


     De Grazia's Gallery in the Sun
    A Tucson landmark, unique adobe construction, beautiful decorative features and original De Grazia art. Original bronzes, ceramics, enamels, a movie room, and a shop where De Grazia reproductions in the form of prints, books cards and other items may be purchased.


    Temple of Music and Art

    In 1906 Mattie Heineman started a Saturday morning music club with twelve women. By 1926 many friends of music and art built this symphony hall and gallery space in the Armory Park Historic district. It is now home to Arizona Theater Company and is a performing arts venue for may productions.


    Museum of Contemporary Art
    MOCA cultivates and exhibits art of our time offering educational lectures and community activities.

    Tohono Chul Park
    A scenic 49-acre desert preserve and center of nature, arts and culture. Enjoy three art galleries, Tea Room for breakfast, lunch and high tea, nature trails, gardens and unique gift shops. Open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


    Tucson Museum of Art
    Blending the traditional with the inventive, the museum presents original and traveling exhibitions with a focus on Art of the American West, Latin American Art, and Modern and Contemporary Art. The historic block features five distinctive properties that provide visitors with a unique look into Tucson´s past.

    Tubac Center of the Arts
    At the heart of the arts and culture of Tubac Village since the 1960s, this non-profit organization offers changing regional/national art exhibitions and sales, a permanent Tubac history exhibit, distinctive gift shop, Holiday Art Market, performing arts, cultural lecture series and events, art classes for adults and youth. On your way there, you can stop off at the historic San Xavier del Bac Mission.

    University of Arizona Museum of Art Located on the UofA campus, the museum features exhibits, workshops and special exhibitions covering a wide variety of art.

    Conrad Wilde Gallery
    Conrad Wilde shows contemporary art with an emphasis on abstraction and innovative techniques. This is also the encaustic hub of the Southwest.

    Etherton Gallery
    Etherton focuses on vintage and contemporary photography, painting, prints, sculpture, and mixed-media works. A staple of Tucson's art scene since 1981.

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    Outdoors and Recreation

    University of Arizona Sports
    Link to UofA sports schedules

    Tucson Mountain Biking Trails

    Tucson Urban Bike Paths

    Tucson Hiking Trails

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
    World renown natural history museum, animal wildlife habitat and botanical garden - all in one place.

    Arizona State Parks
    Provides information about the many state parks in Arizona.

    Baseball! Arizona Diamondbacks

    Biosphere 2
    Visit science exhibits, stay the weekend at the hotel, and dine in the restaurant with its majestic views. See the 'Climate Change & Life on Earth Exhibition.' Hands-on exhibits and demonstrations.

    Colossal Cave Mountain Park
    This desert refuge has sheltered people for over a thousand years. It has been home, shrine, hideout, challenging workplace, exciting playground, tranquil retreat. On the National Historic Register, the 2,000-acre Park showcases crystal-filled Colossal Cave and historic La Posta Quemada Ranch. Cave tours, museum, Western trail rides, picnicking. Open daily.


    Grand Canyon
    Come visit one of the 7 natural wonders of the world in Northern Arizona. Only a 6 hour drive from Tucson, this canyon will be both an amazing and spiritual experience for everyone young and old.

    Kartchner Caverns
    The massive limestone cave has 13,000 feet of passages, and two rooms as long as football fields!

    Kitt Peak
    200 acres of mountain-top dedicated to the scientific research of the heavens. Telescope facilities for national and international astronomers. Take a beautiful drive and take a guided walking tour. Access to exhibits, picnic areas, and great views.


    Mount Lemmon
    Seven distinct life zones on the 26 mile journey up the mountain. Mount Lemmon features small shops, cafes, skiing and always a much cooler temperature than Tucson. Just north of Tucson.

    Old Tucson Studios

    Old Tucson Studios is southern Arizona´s premier outdoor entertainment venue with a full array of live shows, thrilling stunts, saloon musicals, stagecoach adventures and fun for the whole family.

    Queen Mine Tours
    Tour an authentic turn-of-the-century underground mine. Slicker, hard hat and head lamp provided.

    Reid Park Zoo
    Travel from South American rain forests to African grasslands in one day. Over 500 exotic animals from different continents in naturalistic habitats. Conservation, recreation, and education for the entire family.

     

     

     

     

      

      Catalina Mountains

       Catalina Mountains

    Sabino Canyon
    A desert oasis abundant with wildlife offering user-friendly hiking trails, picnicking places, and even swimming when there is enough water.

    Saguaro National Park
    This unique desert is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world, the majestic saguaro, which grows only in the Sonoran Desert. The Saguaro National Park East terrain differs from sister park to the west. Rolling foothills are softened with trees, grasses and desert shrubs. Well-maintained trails and picnicking. An 8-mile loop drive around the Cactus Forest Dr. provides overview of park area. Saguaro Nationa Park West has more than 150 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat and easy strolls in the Sonoran Desert to steep and rugged hikes into the Rincon Mountains.

    San Xavier del Bac Mission
    "White Dove of the Desert" remains a spiritual, historic oasis. San Xavier del Bac is a Baroque-Spanish style mission constructed between 1783 and 1792. This mission was never completed and no one knows who the architect was. You can also visit Tubac, an artist colony, about 40 minutes south of the mission.

      San Xavier del Bac                             Mission

      San Xavier del Bac Mission

    Tohono Chul Park
    A scenic 49-acre desert preserve and center of nature, arts and culture. Enjoy three art galleries, Tea Room for breakfast, lunch and high tea, nature trails, gardens and unique gift shops. Open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Tucson Botanical Gardens
    An urban oasis of 5+ acres with 15 specialty gardens that surround visitors with beauty and inspiration. Gift shop and tours.

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    Shopping

    Plazas

    La Encantada
    in the Foothills at the corner of Skyline and Campbell with upscale restaurants, boutiques and gourmet food market

    Casas Adobes
    at the corner of Oracle and Ina


    St. Phillips Plaza
    at the corner of Campbell and River with unique boutiques and restaurants

    Plaza Palomino
    at the corner of Swan and Ft. Lowell

    Broadway Village
    an historic Tucson plaza, built in 1939 with unique shops and restaurant

    Shopping Malls

    Tucson Mall

    Park Place Mall

    Foothills Mall

    University of Arizona

    University of Arizona

      La Encantada

      La Encantada Shopping Center


    Downtown/University Area


    Old Town Artisans
    in the El Presidio Historic District

    4th Ave
    shops, cafes, nightlife, and home of the street fairs

    The Lost Barrio
    art and products from all over the world at Park Avenue, 2 blocks south of Broadway

    Main Gate Square
    at the University of Arizona   


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    Hotels, Resorts and Health Spas

    This is a partial list of our better known Resorts and Health Spas.

    Arizona Inn
    2200 E. Elm, Tucson, AZ 85719

    Canyon Ranch Health Spas
    8600 E. Rockcliff Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750-9733

    Miraval Resort
    5000 E. Via Estancia Miraval, Catalina, AZ 85739

    The Lodge at Ventana Canyon
    6200 North Clubhouse Lane, Tucson, AZ 85750

    Loews Ventana Canyon
    7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750

    Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain
    15000 North Secret Springs Dr, Marana, Arizona 85658 USA

    Omni Tucson National Golf Resort
    2727 W. Club Dr, Tucson, AZ 85742-9766

    Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
    5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

    Hilton El Conquistador Resort and Country Club
    10000 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ 85737

    The Westin La Paloma
    3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718

    Westward Look Resort
    245 E. Ina Road, Tucson, AZ 85704

    Windmill Inn Suites
    4250 North Campbell Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

    Tucson Marriott University Park
    880 E. Second Street, Tucson, AZ 85719

    Embassy Suites Paloma Village
    6350 North Campbell Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718

    Metro Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau
    For a complete list of Hotels, Resorts, Bed and Breakfast Inns, Guest Ranches, and more  
     
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      Hacienda del Sol

      Hacienda del Sol


    Ventana Canyon Resort
       Loews Ventana Canyon Golf Course

    Restaurants


    Cafe Poca Cosa

    Cafe Poca Cosa

    These are a few highlights of the Tucson culinary experience!

    The Grill at Hacienda del Sol

    Janos

    Cafe Poca Cosa

    Vivaci

    Beyond Bread

    Tucson Originals
    A listing of unique restaurants that are locally operated and one of a kind.

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    Some information on this page has been taken from www.visittucson.org 
    Photo Sources: http://www.visittucson.org/visitor/outdoor/biking/
    http://www.thelodgeatventanacanyon.com/index.html
    http://www.sanxaviermission.org/

    http://www.haciendadelsol.com/
    www.tucsonlifestyle.com
    http://www.arizona.edu/
    www.thezmag.com