I have lived in Tucson for almost 25 years. I have also lived in California and was born in Portland, Maine. As far as culture, outdoor activities such as hiking and bicycling are very popular. Tucson is a I’m the teacher Fox News warned you about funny T shirt friendly town. We have some great museums and a symphony , ballet and Arizona Opera. There is more nightlife these days than there used to be. Lots of good microbreweries. Summer is the time to hibernate in the air conditioning, since daytime temperatures are well over 100 degrees. The “ice breaks” on the Rillito River when we hit 100 degrees for the first time, which is usually in May. I always say not to depend on it being consistently cooler until Halloween.