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Tucson, Arizona

Snowbirds love the Tucson area. Why? Great weather and so many things to do. Tucson boasts the best of both worlds... the progress and innovation of a metropolitan community and the friendly, caring atmosphere of a small town. Tucson is a crossroad of culture and heritage where many different traditions have met and combined into a unique culture that defines Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson is the seat of Pima County, Arizona, United States, located 118 miles southeast of Phoenix and 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Tucson metropolitan area now has over 750,000 residents with 2,000 new residents moving in each month.>

Tucson's climate varies from the 2400 foot desert basin to the 9100 foot forests of the Santa Catalina mountains. The City's dry desert air and winter sunshine make it a popular health and winter resort.

Downtown Tucson is the historic and cultural heart of the Old Pueblo - surrounded by ten historic districts, home to a burgeoning Arts District, a great local music scene, professional theater, opera, ballet and symphony.

History comes alive at every turn, where the spirit of Geronimo, Wyatt Earp and Padre Kino lives on. You will want to explore the locations steeped in heritage and dedicated to our Old West, Mexican and Native American culture.

You'll find yourself intrigued by a remarkable array of fine-art venues, including historic theatres, colorful galleries, renowned museums, historic train depots, unique shopping, great restaurants, vintage theaters, bed-and-breakfasts, exciting nightlife, and eclectic architecture.

Tucson has great places to explore and enjoy.
Here is just a sample of what awaits you when you winter in Tuscon.
Tucson International Airport
Tucson Museum of Art
Tucson Parks and Recreation
Reid Park Zoo
Arizona State Museum
DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun
Desert Museum
Kitt Peak Observatory
Kartchner Caverns
Colossal Cave Mountain Park
Saguaro National Park
Tohono Chul Park
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Old Tucson
Pima Air Museum
Tohono Chul Park
Tucson Botanical Gardens
Old Tucson
Pima Air Museum
Children's Museum
University of Arizona Museum of Art
World Famous Tucson Rodeo
Family Arts Festival
Folk Festival

The snowbird migration happens every year. When the icy winds start howling in northern states and Canada, the snowbirds make their migration. The first wave of people are the early snowbirds. They get here before the first snows fly back home. Others wait until elections and holidays are over back home before they venture south.

Snowbirds, sometimes called doves of the desert, but more frequently winter residents, fleeing the cold, damp northern tier states, come south for the winter, bask in Tucson's sun, to soak up our traditions and culture.

All gather and celebrate the return of friends from previous years. They return year after year, just like the Swallows go to San Juan CApistrano, the Monarchs go to Mexico, and the Buzzards return to Hinckley. And the nice part is that many snowbirds soon become full-time residents of Arizona.

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