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Tucson is on the Santa Cruz River, surrounded by the Santa Catalina, Rincon, Tucson, Santa Rita and Tortolita mountains
Tucson lies in the borderland, a region that blends the cultures of the United States and Mexico, and has a long history of settlement by ancient Native American peoples, Spanish explorers, and Anglo frontiersmen.
The Tucson metropolitan area
is presently home to over 750,000, and is continuing to grow by nearly 2,000 new
residents each month.
People visit Tucson for its rich
history, recreational and cultural pursuits, gorgeous desert scenery,
world-class hotels, and year-round sunshine.
In this city,
where old and new are equally represented, traditional adobe architecture and
modern high-rise buildings stand side by side. Folklorico mingles with
modern art, dance and music. It is not uncommon to lunch on a topopo
salad and dine that same evening on fine French cuisine.
Too sahn) has been continuously settled for over 12,000 years and
is one of the oldest cities in the United
The city is
spread out over hundreds of square miles in a scenic, high desert valley
surrounded by five mountain ranges: the Santa Catalinas on the north and
northeast, the Rincon range to the east, the Santa Rita Mountains on the south
and southeast, the Tucson Mountain range on the west and the Tortolita Mountains
to the northwest. Sentinel Peak, called "A" mountain by University of Arizona
students, is slightly southwest of downtown Tucson and affords a fantastic view
of the metropolitan area.
historic neighborhoods are clustered within the central city and include Barrio
Historico, El Presidio, Armory Park, West University, Sam Hughes, Iron Horse and
the Pie Allen District (named for an early settler famous for his dried-apple
pies). The downtown Arts District and the Fourth Avenue Shopping District are
also centrally located.
architectural detail of Mission San Xavier del Bac; the breathtaking scenery and
natural beauty of the mountains; the history and heritage of the Presidio
district; the stately cacti in Saguaro National Park; the wet cave system in
Kartchner Caverns State Park. Then venture out to view the traditional and
contemporary works at the Tucson Art Museum and aeronautical history at the Pima
Air & Space Museum.
Tucson's climate varies from
the warmth of the 2,400 foot high desert basin to the cool breezes and ski areas
of the 9100 foot elevation of the forests of the Santa Catalina mountains. The
City's dry desert air and winter sunshine make it a popular destination and
winter resort. The City is home to the University of Arizona and to Davis
Monthan Air force Base. Industries include electronics and missile production.
The Sonoran Desert Museum
combines a world-renowned zoo, a natural history museum and cactus garden
depicting the most colorful and diverse of Arizona's deserts. Explore the
museum's hummingbird aviary, then hike among bighorn sheep while delighting in
observing jumping cholla cactus and Western whiptail lizards.
After a day at the museums, itís time to relax in the Tucson Botanical Gardens,
where you can drift away in a dreamy butterfly garden and meditate among Mexican
gold poppies and owl clover wildflowers.
Spend some time underground in cool Colossal Cave amid stalactites and
stalagmites; marvel at the peaks and valleys on a hike through Sabino Canyon;
and summarize the highlights of your natural journey at the famous Biosphere 2,
a seven million foot airtight, glass replica of Earth's environment. Don't
miss Tucson's trademark blazing sunset streaked with turquoise and pink, and the
perfect follow-up: an evening of star-gazing at Kitt Peak National Observatory.
Visit Arizona, and discover
Tucson! This desert blooms with life!