Southern Arizona Independent Living
Southern Arizona is dominated by two equal presences: the vast Sonoran Desert, and Tucson, the modern metropolis that rises in the middle of it.
The city of Tucson, and the surrounding communities, are a blend of Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo influences, with a very large Indian presence. This is the area most strongly associated with the "Old West." But for all that, Tucson is a modern metropolis, with world-class spas and golf courses, a major university (the University of Arizona), and a growing population of sunbirds who have come to enjoy the warm, dry weather.
Tucson, because it lies at a higher elevation, enjoys both cooler temperatures and more rainfall than Phoenix. Still, the summers can be very hot; but they're balanced by winter temperatures that rarely dip below freezing. For six months of the year, Tucson enjoys weather that other regions of the country associate with fall: cool, dry, and sunny. Tucson, in fact, averages even more sunny days than Phoenix: 340 days a year.
Outside Tucson lies the Sonoran Desert, home of the unique saguaro cactus. Although nearly all Americans are familiar with the saguaro—indeed, it's probably the first image that comes to mind with the word "cactus"—few realize that this is actually the only part of the West where it grows.
Arizona - Things to Do - RSS
Dec 3, 2016 12:46 am
Captain Squeegee celebrate 10 years of greatness in a month that also brings release shows from the Real Fits and more.        ...
Dec 3, 2016 12:19 am
Four-time James Beard Award finalist Kevin Binkley is determined to do upscale on his terms at new Binkley's in Phoenix.       ...
Dec 2, 2016 8:20 pm
Kim Taylor's merry and bright holiday tradition gets national exposure on the ABC series.
Dec 2, 2016 7:25 pm
Prohibition was officially repealed on Dec. 5, 1933, making alcohol legal in the U.S.
Dec 2, 2016 7:23 pm
It started the jukebox musical craze, but it has yet to be topped.
Dec 2, 2016 7:00 pm
Check out this timelapse of CitySkate ice-skating rink in downtown Phoenix. David Kadlubowski/The Republic
Dec 2, 2016 3:02 pm
Use our list to save some money when you're getting holiday family photos.
Arizona History - RSS
Nov 17, 2016 2:52 pm
Thanksgiving meant that we had to help my mom with her big cash crop ? her flock of plump turkeys
Nov 17, 2016 2:42 pm
It is difficult to recall times when our forefathers had to work a bit harder than we do to preparing for Thanksgiving
Nov 17, 2016 2:22 pm
Residents waited for hours on a warm October morning to catch a glimpse of President Taft
Nov 17, 2016 2:14 pm
Bobby Gilbert was something of a 'dandy' who owned just the right land for his name to live on in the area
Nov 17, 2016 2:05 pm
An arrangement between Michael Strong and Morris Peltz helped establish one of downtown Phoenix?s ?heritage? businesses
Nov 14, 2016 10:39 pm
The O.K. Corral gunfight will be shown from 6 perspectives in the new movie "Tombstone Rashomon," filmed in Tucson.
Nov 10, 2016 2:22 pm
It may come as a surprise that for Mesa?s first 43 years there wasn?t a single hospital in town