Rich in western history, Tucson was home to Native American Tribes long before modern settlement. The Tohono O'odham Nation ("desert people"), established southwest of Tucson on the San Xavier land base, and is the second largest land base in Arizona.
Fast forwarding to the days of the wild west, Tucson is home to one of the most infamous arrests. The arrest of John Dillinger. Tucson celebrates and embraces this history with an annual family friendly "Dillinger Days" festival downtown at Hotel Congress.
Known for it's clean, dry air, Tucson was also home to many tuberculosis sufferers and WWI veterans who were in need of respiratory therapy. In 1928, Veterans Administration Hospital opened at Pastime Park, and still serves Tucson's veterans.
In 1925, in conjunction with the United States Air Force, Tucson became home to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, formally Davis-Monthan Landing Field. Named in honor of WWI pilots Lieutenants Samuel H. Davis and Oscar Monthan, both Tucson natives. Today, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is a training ground for US pilots and hosts pilots from around the globe in training missions.
Today, Tucson is a business town booming with entrepneuers and large employers. Some of Tucson's largest employer names include: Amazon, Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson Medical Center, Home Goods, U.S. Border Patrol, University of Arizona, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, and more!
With the inception of Rio Nuevo, downtown Tucson is ever expanding and enticing it's residents and visitors with tantalizing restaurants, breweries, night life, and local artist shops.
Keeping in tune with everything uniquely Tucson, Tucson created, through the use of upcycling, a shopping district created from shipping containers that is located just south of Mercado San Agustin called MSA Annex or the Annex. Local artists, vendors, and restaurateurs have created an eclectic shopping area that is a must see in the area. How funky is that?!
SHOPPING Tucson's funky, eclectic style is displayed perfectly with the many plazas, mercados, and shopping centers that embrace local artists, vendors, and restaurateurs. In fact, this is what makes Tucson... uniquely Tucson! There are endless areas to explore but here are a few favorites to get you started:
GOLF Explore Tucson's golf courses, some of which are private and some of which are municipal courses.
MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSES
SEMI-PRIVATE GOLF COURSES
HIKING Some of the most stunning hikes in the United States can be found right here in the Old Pueblo. A popular hike among residents is the "A" Mountain hike and the Tumamoc Hill hike. Enjoyed for it's paved path, difficulty, and views Tumamoc Hill is a must do. Take a peek at the complete Tucson hiking trail list but here are some local favorites:
- Bear Canyon to Seven Falls Trail
- Romero Canyon Trail to Romero Pools
- Blackett's Ridge Trail
- Sentinel Peak Park
- Tanque Verde Falls Trail
- Tumamoc Hill
- Finger Rock Canyon Trail to Mt. Kimball
- Pima Canyon Trail
- Sabino Lake
- Ventana Canyon Trail
- Bridal Wreath Falls Trail
- Saguaro National Park
- Canyon Loop Trail
- Phoneline Trail
- Wasson Peak Trail
- Pusch Peak
- Linda Vista Loop
- Mt. Wrightson Loop Trail
- Pontatoc Ridge Trail
- Douglas Spring Trail
- Agua Caliente Hill Trail
- Sweetwater Trail
- Soldier Trail
- Honeybee Trail
RESORTS In true Tucson fashion, the resorts are eclectic and pay homage to Tucson's roots. Some of the local favorites include: