What it’s like to live in … Tucson

By on February 21, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Posted in: Odds & Ends

The Mission De San Xavier de Bac is one of Tucson’s most famous destinations.

By Louis Tancredi, guest blogger, service representative in Tucson, Ariz.  

GEICO has business locations scattered throughout the United States. As part of an ongoing series of posts, we’ve decided to reach out to GEICO associates all across the country to share some of their favorite things about the places where they live and work.  

Tucson is the second-largest city in Arizona and is also known as “The Old Pueblo.”  The capital city of Phoenix might be a bit larger, but Tucson has soul and earthiness that Phoenix lacks.    

Despite the heat, Tucson is an outdoor-lovers city. With amazing hikes just a few minutes from downtown, and a short drive to our favorite retreat, Mount Lemmon, it’s easy to find ways to be active all year. Tucson boasts one of the largest citywide cycling events called “El Tour de Tucson,” which attracts bikers from all over the world. To experience some of the local wildlife, visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and learn about the various plants and animals that are characteristic to Tucson.  

Embrace the healing properties of the desert. Oprah herself has highlighted some of the best-known resorts in the region. Pampering yourself may be a bit costly at Miraval or Canyon Ranch Spa, but they are world-class and you might even find yourself chatting up a celebrity over a detoxifying beverage.   

After spending a full day outside, nothing will feed your appetite like some of the cultural cuisine found in Tucson. The city has a rich Native American history and its proximity to Mexico means that it’s easy to find some of the region’s best Sonoran-Mexican restaurants. And how do Tucson locals make it through the triple-digit heat of Arizona summers? By making lots of trips to Eegee’s for thirst-quenching icy beverages.  

For an afternoon indoors, I personally enjoy embracing the rich history of Mission De San Xavier de Bac which was constructed more than 300 years ago. It delights with frescoed walls, and a great museum that traces the history of the Spanish mission movement into the U.S. Also called the “White Dove of the Desert,” it’s a great place to study architecture of the past.   

Tucson has much to discover in food, art, sports, music and history. Check out the warmth of our community and get a taste of the Wild West … just don’t forget the sunscreen.