Tucson Metro

Tucson

Modern metropolitan with friendly, Old West charm.

Looking for authentic southwest adventures? Tucson fits the bill. Prefer more of a metropolitan city? Tucson has that, too.

Cacti at sunset in Tucson

The blend of modern metropolitan and caring, friendly community make Tucson a place locals love to call home.

The city offers horseback riding, cattle drives and ranches right alongside world-class spas, posh restaurants and luxury golf courses. The surrounding Sonoran Desert provides an abundance of natural beauty, while Tucson’s visual and performing arts scene allows the city’s heritage to shine.

The blend of modern metropolitan and caring, friendly community make Tucson a place locals love to call home.

Locals love: Destination tourism in the beautiful Sonoran Desert; a great arts and culture scene and 35 art galleries, the excitement of a college town with many students at the University of Arizona, incredible Mexican food.

Nearby attractions:

  • Catalina Foothills
  • Mount Lemmon
  • University of Arizona
  • Outdoor areas to explore
  • Some of the state’s best hiking at Saguaro National Park and Sabino Canyon

Closest cities: Oro Valley, Marana

Freeway access: I-10, I-19

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Oro Valley

Upscale living, gorgeous views and a fine place for families to call home.

Oro Valley was rated as one of the best places to raise a family.1 Its beautiful weather, safe neighborhoods and laid back demeanor might have something to do with it.

It could also be the mountain views and hiking trails in the Santa Catalina and Tortolita Mountains that flank town or the biking trails ranked as gold level by the American League of Bicyclists.2

Trails in Oro Valley

In addition to the abundance of outdoor recreation, residents of Oro Valley can also enjoy an upscale lifestyle.

In addition to the attractive outdoor recreation, residents of Oro Valley can also enjoy an upscale lifestyle. The population is balanced across all age segments and per capita income is among the highest of any community in Arizona.3

Locals love: Events like Harvest Heritage Festival, Holiday Festival of the Arts, Wine tasting festival, weekly farmer’s market and more. Plus, it’s only half an hour north of downtown Tucson.

Nearby attractions:

  • Golfing
  • Country clubs and resorts
  • Outdoor destinations such as lakes, Mount Lemmon, Catalina State Park, Santa Catalina Mountains, and more.

Closest cities: Tucson, 23 miles to Tucson International Airport.

Freeway access: Route 989, SR-77

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Marana

Outdoor adventures, premium shopping, dining and family fun.

Marana is packed with experiences for the whole family. Surrounded by beautiful Arizona desert, the vibrant city offers premium shopping and dining, ball fields, challenging golf courses, and biking and hiking trails.

Hiking trails in Marana

Experiences abound for the whole family in Marana.

Businesses, residents and visitors alike are drawn to the city’s unique attractions, community and gorgeous surroundings.

Locals love: There’s something here for everyone, from 5-star dining to diverse shopping, ranging from premium outlets to unique boutiques. Recognized hiking and biking trails in Saguaro National Forest and Tortolita mountain range are a big draw for outdoor enthusiasts

Nearby attractions:

  • An abundance of recreation, with 145 acres of beautiful parks
  • Family activities like the Marana Pumpkin Patch and Farm Festival
  • Culture at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Closest cities: Tucson, Oro Valley

Freeway access: I-10

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Sahuarita

A land of majestic mountain ranges and growing opportunity.

Cozied up in the Santa Cruz Valley, Sahuarita is surrounded by panoramic mountain views, historic landmarks and an expanding community.

The population of Sahuarita has grown from 3,200 to more than 25,000 residents since the year 20001, thanks to affordable housing and a short commute to central Tucson. The city is close to employers like Raytheon Missile Systems, the University of Arizona Science and Technology Park, Freeport McMoran, and Asarco.

Despite a growth spurt, Sahuarita is still full of open spaces, grassy areas, walking paths and plenty of parks.

Despite the increase in population, Sahuarita is still full of open spaces, grassy areas, walking paths, plenty of parks and places to enjoy the city’s nearly 300 days of sunshine per year.2

Locals love: Access to authentic Mexican food, lots of development as the city grows, and nearby activities like concerts at Lake Park or Madera Canyon.

Nearby attractions:

  • An up-close look at a Cold War-era missile silo at the Titan Missile Museum
  • The historical Mission San Xavier del Bac
  • Teeing up at one of the local golf courses

Closest cities: Green Valley, Tucson, Mexican border

Freeway access: I-19

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Green Valley

A retirement community in a golfer’s paradise.

Green Valley certainly lives up to its name. Rolling hills and mild, four-season climates create a lush environment in this quaint retirement community. It’s a prime location for day hikes, casual exploration and even a little bird watching.1

Lush, rolling hills and mild four-season climates create an environment ripe for exploring, and even a little bird watching.

Green Valley is located near Madera Canyon, a world-renowned spot for bird watching. It’s also a hub for golfers, with multiple golf clubs throughout the town.

Locals love: Residents can enjoy affordable living, regional cuisine and close proximity to shopping areas like Green Valley Village, in addition to golf courses and country clubs, and the locally-loved White Elephant Thrift Shop that helps fund local groups and charities.

Nearby attractions:

  • Close to hiking and great fishing
  • Teeing up at the Quail Creek Country Club
  • Bird watching at Madera Canyon
  • Close proximity to the artist colony of Tubac
  • Access to Arizona historical areas
  • Fresh produce from the Green Valley Farmer’s Market

Closest cities: Sahuarita, Arivaca

Freeway access: I-19

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Benson

A small town with a proud history.

The city of Benson is proud to be home to Kartchner Caverns State Park, one of the most treasured natural discoveries in the United States.1 Discovered in 1974, this giant cave features some of the world’s most fascinating live formations and is a big draw for out of town guests.

Benson is also home to river-valley views, agreeable weather and its rich history that dates back to 1880.

Benson holds onto its Old West roots with historical museums, attractions and events that allow you to step into the past.

Benson holds onto its Old West roots with historical museums, attractions and events that allow you to step into the past. Other attractions include animal sanctuaries, golfing and plenty of specialty stores with western-themed goodies.

Locals love: It’s a great retirement community, serving as a welcome and warm refuge from cold-weather states. Benson is close to Tucson and is rich with historic sites to visit as well as unique, specialty stores along 4th Street.

Nearby attractions:

  • The living, underground caves of Kartchner Caverns State Park
  • Ruins of the Butterfield Overland Mail Station
  • Southwestern culture at the San Pedro Valley Arts and Historical Society Museum
  • Movie set tours and museum at Gammons Gulch Ghost Town

Closest cities: Tucson

Freeway access: I-10, State Route 80 or 90

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