Before moving to Tucson, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, T-shirts and shorts, and some comfortable hiking shoes. If you have skis, you can even bring them, too!
Everyone knows Tucson is hot. On average, there are 150 days with highs of 90 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, and only 49 rainy days. Summer highs often hit 110˚ or higher. But suffering through the summer heat offers some big rewards in the winter, especially if you’re coming from someplace really cold. Average highs in the winter months are in the 70s, so be sure to call your friends and family who are freezing through another snowstorm while you’re wearing a T-shirt and shorts! If you really miss the snow, you might be able to find some on Mt. Lemmon, which is about an hour drive from some areas of the Tucson valley. You can even go skiing there!
Things to Do
Avid hikers and casual walkers alike will love Sabino Canyon. It’s just one of many great places to hike in a city ringed by several mountain ranges: Rincon Mountains on the east, Tucson Mountains on the west, Santa Catalina Mountains to the north, Tortolita Mountains to the northwest and Santa Rita Mountains to the south.
Ride out to the northwest part of town to see desert plants and animals in their natural habitat at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Most of the museum is outside, so if you go during the summer, be sure to dress accordingly and stay hydrated.
Don’t be fooled by Tucson’s population—about a million people in the metro area—it’s still a college town at heart. Tucson is home to the University of Arizona, which is one of the region’s largest employers. Wildcat pride is rampant in Tucson, and McKale Center is the place to be when Arizona’s basketball team is playing—for those lucky enough to get tickets.
Over on the east side of town is Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, which is another major employer in Tucson. I highly recommend a visit to the Aircraft Boneyard, where you can see thousands of retired aircraft dating back to World War II.
Where to Eat
When in Tucson, eat like a Tucsonan, and that means Mexican food! There is no shortage of great Mexican food restaurants in Tucson, whether you’re looking for a burrito to go or a night out with the family. Head to South Tucson for a truly authentic experience. Another Tucson staple is Eegee’s, a local sandwich chain with several locations throughout the city. Be sure to try an Eegee, which is a frozen slush-like drink that you eat with a spoon.
Do you have any more suggestions of places to eat, hike or explore in Tucson? Let us know in the comments section below.