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Tucson Neighborhoods

El Presidio Historic District
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El Presidio Historic District

Tucson can trace its colonial roots to this compact downtown neighborhood where the Spanish first built an adobe fort in 1775 on land near a prehistoric Hohokam settlement. A reconstruction of that defensive base forms the heart of a namesake history museum, and the surrounding streets are filled with adobe homes, the newly expanded Tucson Museum of Art and the 99-year-old El Charro Café, which claims to be the birthplace of the chimichanga.

Address:
El Presidio Historic District, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA

Menlo Park
Credit: Logan Havens

Menlo Park

Marked by a 160-foot-tall letter “A” (built by University of Arizona students in 1916), Sentinel Peak stands watch over this westside neighborhood, where Native Americans began growing crops 4,000 years ago, setting in motion Tucson’s reputation as one of America’s great food towns. Today, the Mercado San Agustín and MSA Annex carry on that legacy with a host of indie vendors, including a Mexican bakery, restaurant and raspado (shaved ice) shop.

Address:
Menlo Park, Tucson, AZ, USA

Sam Hughes and Sunshine Mile
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Sam Hughes and Sunshine Mile

Named for a 19th-century politician who was often called “Uncle Sam” for his philanthropic efforts, this residential neighborhood is the kind of area that gets architecture buffs’—and HGTV fans’—hearts fluttering. Along these leafy streets, you’ll find mid-century modern, mission revival, Craftsman bungalow and Spanish eclectic homes, so one of the best ways to approach the area is to cruise through on a bike. Running along its southern border is the Sunshine Mile, a collection of some of the finest mid-century storefronts in the country, which now house everything from retro eateries (Welcome Diner) to a lauded bakery (Barrio Bread).

Address:
E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85710, USA

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