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Explore southern Arizona from Oro Valley

Just to the north of downtown Tucson, in the foothills of the rugged Santa Catalina Mountains, Oro Valley offers visitors high-end shopping and dining, great golfing and beautiful desert landscapes. Just a short drive from the University of Arizona campus, Oro Valley vacation rentals are a great choice if you're visiting this seat of learning. They also make great bases for exploring Tucson, the sprawling Sonoran Desert and the other cities and attractions of Southern Arizona. Oro Valley vacation rentals range from Santa Fe-style casitas with beautiful mountain views to stunning contemporary homes with their own private pools.

Things to do

Oro Valley's family appeal

If you are staying at your Oro Valley vacation rental with kids, there's no better place to head on a hot, sunny day than James D. Kriegh Park. Oro Valley's oldest public park is home to a modern waterpark with Olympic-sized pool, called the Oro Valley Aquatic Center. It's open year-round, so you can take a refreshing dip against the scenic backdrop of the jagged red peaks of the Santa Catalina mountains. There's also the family-friendly Reid Park Zoo in downtown Tucson, just a short drive from Oro Valley vacation rentals. It has a packed program of seasonal and daily events and you can see animals including lions, elephants and bears.


Shopping and hiking around Oro Valley

If shopping is your thing, head to Tucson Premium Outlets, around a 15-minute drive west from Oro Valley vacation rentals, to bag some big-name bargains. That said, it's the outdoors that's the major draw around these parts. The Santa Catalina and Tortolita mountains offer diverse outdoor adventures, from hiking and biking to winter skiing. This part of Arizona lies within the Dark Skies initiative, so you'll find that the possibilities for stargazing under the twinkling desert skies are irresistible. Meanwhile, stars of a different kind can be seen at the historic Rialto Theatre in downtown Tucson, the city's atmospheric live music venue.


Oro Valley, all year round

Summers in Arizona and hot and dry so, if you're lucky enough to find an Oro Valley vacation rental with a pool, having your own place to go for a dip will be very welcome on a hot summer's day. The desert landscapes are simply stunning, dotted with the giant Saguaro cactus for which the area is known. The temperature does drop significantly overnight, however, so if you plan on making the most of the starry skies, do wrap up warm. In winter, you can reach the Mount Lemmon ski area within an hour and a half's drive from your Oro Valley vacation rental, which means you can sunbathe and ski all in the same day.

Natural features

Get outdoors in Oro Valley

Oro Valley vacation rentals enjoy a plum location on the fringes of the Santa Catalina mountains to the east. In Saguaro National Park, 45 minutes from Oro Valley, you can find challenging mountain trails as well as the Old Tucson film studios and the wonderful, family-friendly Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This natural history museum combines live animal exhibits with colorful, fragrant botanic gardens. Close by, Catalina State Park offers cave tours and a packed program of guided nature and birding walks, as well as beautiful mountain trails.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Oro Valley

Fly into Tucson, AZ (AVW-Marana Regional), the closest airport, located 14.1 mi (22.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you could also fly into Tucson, AZ (TUS-Tucson Intl.), which is 20.7 mi (33.4 km) away.

Where to stay around Oro Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,262 vacation rentals near Oro Valley. From 523 Houses to 418 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Oro Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Oro Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Oro Valley:

  • Rancho Vistoso: 148 vacation rentals
  • Canada Hills: 16 vacation rentals
  • Monte Del Oro: 15 vacation rentals
  • Worldmark: 114 vacation rentals
  • Oro Valley Estates: 20 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Oro Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Oro Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Stone Canyon Club: 1,490 vacation rentals
  • El Conquistador Golf Course: 1,612 vacation rentals
  • Oro Valley Marketplace: 1,615 vacation rentals
  • Golf Club at Vistoso: 1,515 vacation rentals
  • Pusch Ridge Golf Course: 1,642 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Oro Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Oro Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 523 Houses in Oro Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Oro Valley include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 418 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 97 rentals available
  • Villas: 10 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Oro Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 879 vacation rentals with pool available in Oro Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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