Tucson Arizona - memorialized in a Beatles' song! Jo-Jo left his home there...
Do you remember? Went to California for something or other...
Anyway - Tucson is about a 4 hour drive to the California state line. Convenient if you want to get to the beach. Which a lot of us Arizonans do take advantage of.
We live nearby Tucson - and we can sure tell you it's a great place!
What's exceptional about Tucson Arizona is the diversity there for terrific experiences, and a marvelous life-style. There's always so much to do - something for everyone's interests, and tastes. Fine lodgings - Great weather ... So much more!
Look around, and there is always something to do. Since we're locals... we can help you figure out the insider track when you visit!
What this means for you is: fantastic vacation or trip ideas at every click - right here! Let's see:
The City of Tucson Arizona is located in the Southern portion of the state of Arizona. But a little Easterly. It's elevation is actually a little higher (read - "cooler") than that of Phoenix - which is about 100 miles to the north.
In the desert, temperatures often depend on elevation. The higher the elevation, the more temperate the "local climate." Tucson's temperatures are about 5 to 10 degrees lower than Phoenix - on average.
If coming in to Arizona from any area, get to Tucson via Interstate 10. It goes right through the center of town.
Since Tucson is in the desert, it's important to think of the weather. The Sonoran Desert has its own weather patterns. This makes it a diverse environment. If you're thinking that the desert is just hot and dry - think again! There's more variability to Tucson area weather... Read more>
We've had at least as many "white Christmas" days when we lived in the Tucson area, as we had living in the Northeast of the US - in a colder, "4 season" climate. [When we lived there - way back when!!]
Wake up to snow in the desert on December 25th. It's a delightful sight! Even more delightful is that it warms up to the 50s and 60s in the afternoon. You see the snow melting.
Yes, there are seasons in the Sonoran Desert. Not the same type as the temperate climates of the world. But living here... you do see them, and they're definitely noted.
In fact, there's a stirring film on this subject. Produced by Thomas Wiedwandt in 2012, it's called Desert Dreams: Celebrating Five Seasons in the Sonoran Desert. It video-graphically and vividly shows desert life. There's a background of instrumental music by Gary Stroutsos.
Monsoon season is a wondrous time of year which locals look forward to. It runs from about mid June until the end of September. Read up on it further by clicking here>
The important thing to remember with desert weather - is management/planning:
The Tucson weather for today & a future outlook, is right below:
We have lots of suggestions for you:
Do you love to hike? Or just take walks that give you an idea of the flora and fauna of the area. There's many ways to do that in Tucson. Short or long, easy or more difficult - you can find them here. [Get our FREE EBook on this page below - or above - for a few of them!] All are worth it, you'll enjoy the choices and impressive scenery. See the details for hiking or walking in Tucson Arizona - more info here>
See even more on our Arizona Hiking Trails page right here!
Mount Lemmon is always a travel spot for those visiting Tucson. Isn't it amazing that people who live somewhere often don't even visit their local attractions.
I know people who've lived in Tucson all their lives, who haven't even been to Mt. Lemmon! They don't know what they've been missing! Some good information on getting to the area, plus a suggested trail in the Coronado National Forest is right here>
How about going into Tucson Mountain Park? There you'll find Old Tucson - and also the highly recommended Arizona Sonora Desert Museum - More Here>
Downtown Tucson Arizona is an alive happening place!! Check out what's going on... See more here>
you may want to ride Sun Link - Tucson's street car - to get around locally. See the video below to get the scoop on riding: