It's easy to understand why Tucson has been undergoing a bit of a renaissance over the past decade or so. First, of course, there's the year-round sunshine as mentioned earlier, slightly cooled by the city's elevation. Tucson is also surrounded by densely forested mountains, the highest of which is Mount Lemmon, and with an elevation of more than 9,000 feet above sea level, the mountain provides a welcome summertime getaway for anyone considering buying property in the Tucson area. Popular sites on Mt. Lemmon include the scenic Sky Island Parkway and the Mount Lemmon Observatory. Another must-see Tucson attraction is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Located a mere 25 minutes from downtown, the museum is known for its intriguing exhibits and its impressive collection of desert plants and animals. The Pima Air and Space Museum will delight aviation enthusiasts. There, you'll find a staggering assortment of jets, planes and helicopters, including an authentic SR-71 Blackbird, one of only 32 ever built. Once you're finished at the aircraft museum, head to downtown Tucson. The city's historical core is the area surrounding the intersection of 6th and Congress. There, you'll find the historic Fox Theater, the Old Pima County Courthouse, and the lovingly restored Charles O. Brown House.
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