Live Like A Local: Tucson, Arizona

Live Like A Local: Tucson, Arizona

Posted 08/04/2015

Tortolita Vistas - Tucson

With a diverse arts scene, vibrant downtown area and budding high-tech industry, it’s comforting to know Tucson still holds onto its small-town charm. Yes, the Old Pueblo has many faces, each connected by a network of scenic byways and off beaten drives woven throughout the city and into the surrounding desert foothills.

Whether it’s the sprawling urban lifestyle, picturesque desert landscape or Old West history, people come from all over the world to discover Tucson. Check out this list of top spots – generously provided by the resident experts at our Tucson neighborhoods
 — to help you live like a local:

The Rialto Theatre: Located in downtown Tucson, this historic vaudeville theater, originally opened in 1919, is now restored and hosts approximately 150 live events per year, from nationally touring acts to local favorites.

eegee’s: A Tucson-born fast-food franchise, eegee’s is loved by all in the greater Tucson area and is known for its famous frozen fruit drinks, signature submarine sandwiches and crinkle-cut fries. More than 25 locations can be found throughout the Tucson area.

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area: Just a few minutes north of Tucson, the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area features some of the best hiking in country. More than a million visitors per year visit the park for its access to dynamic hiking trails offering breathtaking views of towering mountains, deep canyons and plants and animals native to the Sonoran Desert. A variety of trails, from easy to challenging, are located along the way and include several restroom facilities and picnic grounds.

Casa Vicente: This full-service Spanish restaurant offers nightly entertainment, including flamenco shows on select Fridays and Saturdays. Locals enjoy the restaurant’s extensive tapas list, an array of traditional Spanish dinner entrées and a wine list that spans all regions of Spain.

Elliott’s on Congress: Vodka, Jalapeno peppers, bacon and duck are the primary ingredients found at this creative American restaurant. Whether it’s bacon-infused vodka or chocolate covered bacon, this casual restaurant, located in Tucson’s downtown area, offers something for everyone.

Savaya Coffee Market: With four locations in the Tucson area, this locally owned coffee shop has quickly become the go-to place for a premium cup of Joe. Guests enjoy the best hand-selected beans from organic farms throughout the world. Savaya’s signature house espresso is its claim to fame. Instead of using a blend of coffees, the shop uses varietal beans from the same lot; then, they roast the beans in-house, in single batches. Want to learn more about java? The shop hosts free classes on the first Saturday of each month.