Why Tucson

Tucson is a welcoming, diverse, and family friendly community. Surrounded by five majestic mountain ranges, you will enjoy the beautiful weather, rich cultural heritage, and southwest lifestyle. 

Time Magazine has recently ranked Tucson, AZ as one of the best 5 citites for Millennials! Check out their article here

While over half a million people now reside in Tucson, bringing businesses, attractions, and tourism, it also still has a familiar sense of local community. The University of Arizona is the second largest employer in Tucson, and is located in the heart of the city.

Arts and Culture

People travel from near and far to visit Tucson for such annual events as the All Souls Procession, Tucson Meet Yourself, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show, and the Tucson Festival of Books.

Tucson is known for its support of local arts, with independent movie theaters such as The Loft and the Fox Theatre, and such world-renowned research centers and museums such as the Center for Creative Photography and the outdoor Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Restaurants and Entertainment

You will find a great selection of restaurant and entertainment choices throughout Tucson, especially in downtown Tucson, which has been revitalized over the last few years. The Tucson Streetcar opened in 2014, connecting the University to downtown.

Music acts from around the globe perform regularly at the historic Hotel Congress and Rialto Theatre. You can also see live music from jazz to Latin, and rock, at such local haunts as La Cocina, Schrier's Sports Grill, and Sky Bar.

Tucson boasts the largest performing arts organization in the state, the Arizona Theatre Company. Additionally, you can experience Broadway in Tucson and a variety of musical, theatrical, and comedic performances through UA Presents. Both organizations perform right here at the University's own Centennial Hall. 

You can dine at a myriad of local restaurants from the tasty burger joint Diablo Burgers to organic and locally grown vegetarian fare at The Tasteful Kitchen to Mexican at El Charro, the oldest Mexican restaurant in the country, Poca Cosa, Mi Nidito, and Rosa's Mexican Food to name a few.

Outdoors

Tucson is set in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. With mild winters and 300 days of sunshine a year, you will enjoy spending time outdoors. 

There are plenty of opportunities to connect with the natural world at places like and Sabino Canyon, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and Tohono Chul Park. You may explore our many hiking trails in the mountain ranges that surround our city or participate in El Tour de Tucson bike race.

Southern Arizona is also the “astronomy capital of the world.” Find out about how to experience star gazing in some of the clearest skies in the country.

Environmental Consciousness 

Tucson is known for being bike and pedestrian friendly. We are ranked 5th in the country for spending per capita for cyclists and pedestrians, and have more on-street bike lanes than any other city. Take a look at the 2015 City of Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Annual Report to see how our city is continually making improvements. 

Our public bus system, SunTran, won “America’s Best Transit System” in 2005, and in 2012 received the state’s Outstanding Transit Organization and Outstanding Training Program awards. Click here to see more Sun Tran awards

For information on environmental and sustainability programs in Tucson, see Sustainable Tucson, community solar energy programs, and City of Tucson water rebate and incentive programs

City Attractions and Resources

Following are links to Tucson culture, history, food, nightlife, shopping, events and more!

Visit Tucson—An online guide for locals and visitors searching for what’s new to do in Tucson.

Downtown Tucson Partnership—A site showcasing the recent, and exciting growth happening downtown with links to living, working and playing.

City of Tucson—The official city website. Government, services, neighborhood information and news about the new Modern Street Car.