9 Things Girls in Tucson Know to Be True

Better known as the "Old Pueblo" or the "Dirty T," Tucson is known for its quirkiness, culture and history. With an average of 286 days of glorious sunshine per year, it's no wonder why people from around the country flock to Tucson each winter. But while we may be blessed with beautiful weather, breathtaking sunsets, and picturesque mountains, Tucson is home to more than just snow birds. It's also home to a vibrant community of young artists, free spirits, and nature lovers.

Tucson is rich with history, but despite our cultural wealth, we never stop progressing. We're famous for our small-town feel. Just ask any Tucsonan: if you live here, you're bound to run into someone you know wherever you go. Home to the University of Arizona and nestled in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, it's not just the saguaro cacti that make Tucson so unique.

There are endless festivities we celebrate each year, and you better believe Tusconans go all out. We've got rodeos, street fairs, and an always expanding downtown scene. It's no question that we love to stay busy, which is why we've partnered with Nordstrom Rack to present you with the things all girls in Tucson know to be true.

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1. Our Style Is As Bold As Our Personalities

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We're bold, loud and we're not afraid to tell it like it is (and our style reflects that). Lucky for us, amazing weather means we have the luxury of wearing whatever we want, pretty much all year round. We tend to speak loudly and dress even louder. We aren't afraid to flaunt crop tops or high-waisted shorts or skirts, and we can definitely rock a romper.

2. This Is Wildcat Country, & We Show Our Pride

Thanks to the University of Arizona, Tucson is Wildcat Country. When it comes to reppin' our Wildcats, we take it pretty seriously. On any game day, you'll find us dressed head-to-toe in red and blue, ready to cheer on our team. Best not to mention the ASU Sun Devils in our vicinity.

3. We Can Withstand Even The Hottest Of Summers

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There are plenty of upsides to living in a desert climate in the spring and the winter: hot and sunny days, temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and cool nights. It's not uncommon to find us tanning by a pool in March or October. But once those triple-digit temperatures come around, we're more than ready with breezy dresses, cutoffs, and ample air conditioning.

4. We Are Fearless Travelers

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Not only is Tucson smack-dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, it's also surrounded by countless destinations that make it amazingly easy to get a wanderlust fix. We rage in Rocky Point, surf in San Diego, and snowboard in Flagstaff. And if we're looking for a weekend getaway, Phoenix is only about 90 minutes away.

5. We Love To Wander The Wilderness

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Tucson is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, and we are serious hikers. When the weather allows, we head to Sabino Canyon or Romero Pools to take advantage of our favorite cliff-diving spots or simply bathe in the sunshine.

6. ...But We Also Love To Lounge At Home

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Perhaps one of the best parts about Tucson is the character and personality of every home. When we're not in class, working, or getting brunch, we're often lounging in the personal retreats that we've set up in our own backyards.

7. We Aren't Afraid To Go Open-Toe

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It's always sandal weather, which is why every girl in Tucson needs a serious stockpile to choose from.

8. It Actually Does Get Cold Sometimes

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Desert temperatures can drop surprisingly fast. Most of the time, cold for us just means sweater weather, but we do love an excuse to wear a great jacket or coat. Layering is key, especially when a cold morning quickly turns into a hot afternoon.

9. When It Rains, It Pours

Monsoon season is by far our favorite time of the year. Between July and August, we see heavy rain, flooded roads and soaked shoes. But the spectacular thunder and lightning shows make it all worth it.

No matter what time of year you decide to venture into Tucson, be assured that there is plenty to see and experience. From our vibrant and flourishing downtown, to our mountains full of cacti and wildlife, you won't regret exploring southern Arizona. We know Tucson is a desert gem, and we love it.

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