Tucson, Both Bustling and Relaxed

Tucson's history is a colorful tapestry weaved of rich Native American, Hispanic and Anglo influences.

Founded by the Spanish in 1775, Tucson was built on a much older Native American village. The name Tucson comes from the Pima Indian word chukeson which means, spring at the base of the black mountain. The reference is to the now-dry springs that sit at the foot of Sentinel Peak, made of black volcanic rock.

Tucson, now Arizona’s second-largest city, served as the state capital from 1867-1877. Eventually, Phoenix became the capital and, consequently Tucson developed more gradually than Phoenix. Some would argue that the slower growth has allowed Tucson to better retain its Western and Hispanic roots.

The city is surrounded by five mountain ranges that account for many of its stunning vistas and views: Tucson Mountains to the west, Rincon Mountains to the east, Santa Rita Mountains to the south, and Santa Catalina Mountains and Tortolita Mountains to the north.

The high altitude and desert climate combine to create two major seasons in Tucson – summer and winter. Both are relatively mild, thanks to the region’s dry heat and low humidity. Spring begins in late February or early March, and is often heralded by vivid bursts of blooming wildflowers.

The temperate climate also offers ideal conditions for a variety of outdoor activities. Stroll around the city center where you’ll find Tucson’s art museum, the University of Arizona and several historic neighborhoods.

Other popular pastimes include golfing (at Tucson’s world-class resorts), hiking, biking and horseback riding. Don’t forget to explore Saguaro National Park – right outside Tucson’s city limits – where you can gape at a Sonoran desert fixture, the gargantuan saguaro cacti.

There is much to relish in this large, bustling city that is simultaneously a laid-back university and resort town. Tucson offers the best of both worlds.

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Live Like the Locals
VRBO Homeowners Share Details about their Homes in Tucson, Arizona

Wondrous Home with Custom Pool/Spa, City/Mountain Views - Property 64953

  • Inside the house, we have put together a notebook of things we like that are really nearby: Saguaro National Park, bike rides, hiking, Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon.

  • On the old fashioned washstand is a copy of Tucson Quarterly, which is like the "society" magazine for the city. It has the latest restaurant, gallery and shop recommendations as well as attractions and festivals taking place during the quarter.

  • Tucson is also a golfer's paradise, so if you like that, consult our notebook - we assembled a wide variety to match your skill level.

  • The Arizona Theatre Company is a LORT Professional Theatre downtown with first class performances.

  • If you like family melodrama, the Gaslight on Broadway and Kolb is outrageous entertainment where you can have a pitcher of beer or glass of wine and pizza while watching the show.

  • Then there's the Invisible Theatre for small, intimate and edgy but first class productions.

  • If you want a fun shopping experience, head to La Encantada where you will find AJ's Fine Foods – It's amazing!

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Tucson Foothills, Mountain Views, Skyline & Campbell - Property 141826
  • Nestled at the base of the Catalina Mountain Range in Tucson, Arizona, our villa's location is considered to be the finest in the area.

  • You can walk to Gallery Row at El Cortijo which boasts over 12 fine art galleries.

  • Golfing and spa Resorts such as Omni Tucson National, Westin La Paloma, Ventana Canyon Resort, Westward Look Resort and Hacienda Del Sol Ranch Resort are within minutes.

  • Local attractions are abundant and include hiking trails and water features at Sabino Canyon or museums such as Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and The Tucson Art Museum.

  • Annual events draw many visitors to our area such as The Rock & Gem Show or The Tour De Tucson Bike Race.

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Arizona's Most Affordable Ranch and Bed & Breakfast - Property 157956

  • The Ranch is so peaceful, with all the amenities of a new property, but nestled in the high grasslands of Sonoita and Elgin Wine Country.

  • Bring your horses for a delightful vacation filled with scenic mild winters and cool summers.

  • Or just come to be here. The 5,000 foot elevation and cool breezes with majestic mountain ranges are fantastic.

  • We'll take good care of you and delight in your return year after year!



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Mountain Views - Townhome in the Foothills -Property 129725

  • Our beautiful patio home is located near the Catalina foothills close to fine shopping and locally owned eateries.

  • For those outdoor types, we are only a few miles to Sabina Canyon / Seven Falls and an hour drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon.

  • Great Mexican food can be found at any of the El Charro locations, Casa Molina on Speedway Blvd as well as Michas on Fourth Avenue.

  • Drive to Tubac (local artists), Mexico for shopping (bring your passport!) as well as trips to Tombstone, Sedona, Old Tucson as well as many other sites.

  • Gem show in January-February, and the Annual 4th Avenue street fair is held in December and the spring.

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Amazing Desert Sunsets - Property 61293

  • While the rest of the country shivers in the ice, snow, and blustery winds, Tucson has moderate temperatures and sunny skies!

  • Staying at Casa Arreboles, you will be near the Saguaro National Park and Tucson Mountain hiking trails, Old Tucson Studios, and the famous Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, a world class park with wildlife and plants from the Sonoran Desert.

  • And the Kitt Peak Observatory, with daily tours and educational programs, is just to the west.


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A Light & Bright Newly Remodeled Condo with Lots of Extras - Property 31219

  • This condo is plush and newly remodeled, boasting high ceilings and lots of natural light.

  • The remodeled kitchen is fully equipped with updated appliances, flooring and cookware, plus your own full-sized washer/dryer for your convenience.

  • The community pool/spa, gym/sauna and covered parking are just a short walk. Or simply enjoy our 2 patios, one with a table and chairs.

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Endless Views Sunrise to Sunset- Charming Casita -
Property 125370

  • This beautiful Santa Fe style casita is nestled on 5 acres in the Sonoran Desert, adjacent to Saguaro National Park West and Tucson Mountain Park.

  • The casita is surrounded by patios so you can appreciate the 360 degree views. Inside, high ceilings, polished concrete floors, Mexican tile treatments and a kiva fireplace make the feel of living in the Southwest come alive.

  • The open floor plan and big windows bring the desert to you. Quiet and private, we call it living on the Nature Channel.

  • Artists, writers, photographers, and contemplatives can gaze from the covered patio upon Babaoquivari and Kits Peak for inspiration.

  • Walk, bike or drive to the Desert Museum and Mountain Park.

  • The property is minutes to Tucson Studios, Wildlife Museum and nearby amenities, thirty minutes to Historic Downtown and the University of Arizona featuring museums, shopping and cultural events.




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