Mt Lemon near Tucson, Arizona

Simply Put…You’ll LOVE it in Tucson.

Mother Nature’s beauty is not hard to come by in this city: just look up! The five surrounding mountain ranges – the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Rincon Mountains, the Santa Rita Mountains, the Tucson Mountains, and the Tortolita Mountains – offer hundreds of miles of trails to explore. You can hike year-round (just another perk of Tucson’s climate), snapping shots of pine groves, canyons, waterfalls, and desert along the way. The local mountains also attract rock climbers from around the globe.

Exploring doesn’t necessarily require you to leave the city: just check out Tucson’s network of urban trails, including the bicycle-friendly trail known as The Loop. Speaking of bikes, if you prefer to get from Point A to Point B on two wheels, you’ll quickly learn that you’re not alone. Tucson has a strong cycling community and is frequently touted as one of the USA’s most bike-friendly cities. There are plenty of options for road cycling and mountain biking in and around the area.

Horseback riding is another popular way to take in the great outdoors – after all, Tucson is bona fide cowboy country. You might even encounter people on horseback trotting along The Loop, right in the city! For the full horseback experience, you’ll want to check out a nearby ranch to witness the Old West in all her glory.

Despite the variety of activities available, Tucson is not just about outdoor recreation. The 526,000 people who call Tucson home can attest to the city’s vibrant history and culture. Strong Mexican and Native American influences are evident throughout the city, from the architecture to the food to the artwork.

Horseback riding in Tucson
Downtown Tucson

Midtown Tucson hosts the University of Arizona (Arizona basketball is an integral part of the Tucson experience), and the city has its own Symphony Orchestra. Galleries, museums, and theaters are located throughout Tucson’s varied neighborhoods, and the local music scene is well worth getting to know.

Right now, Tucson’s food scene is absolutely booming. New restaurants are popping up all over the city, and events like April’s Viva la Local Food Festival and year-round farmers markets celebrate local treats and delicacies. Foodies can happily stay busy exploring everything from our infamous food trucks to high-end restaurants.

Here’s the icing on the cake: the cost of living here in Tucson is relatively low, despite its natural beauty and endless amenities. It offers the best of all worlds: young families flock here to raise their children, the University draws the vibrant student scene, and retirees love spending their golden years under the Tucson sun. It’s safe to say that Tucson offers something for everyone.

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