Best Places to Live

Tucson, AZ

Population: 528,374
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Why Tucson is an Awesome Place to Live: The stunning sunsets would be enough. But Tucson has a lot more going for it: this Top 100 city boasts outdoor amenities, clean air, and a fun, active vibe thanks to the University of Arizona

Easy Places to Get To From Tucson: Phoenix, The Tonto National Forest, Gila National Forest and The Coronado National Forest.

Best Roadside Attraction Near Tucson: The Mission San Xavier Del Bac is a gorgeous, incredibly ornate church, often reviewed by tourists with remarks such as, “amazing — and I don’t normally care for churches or temples!” It’s a National Historic Landmark and the oldest intact European structure in Arizona.

Our Favorite Road Trip Route: Tucson to Phoenix with a stop at The Rooster Cogburn Ostrich Ranch. Phoenix to the Gila National Forest for swimming or horseback riding, stopping along the way at Besh Ba Gowah, an ancient archeological site. Gila National Forest back to Tucson, taking a detour to Big Nose Katie’s Saloon, a saloon that’s been in operation since 1880.

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