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Tucson in a nutshell

A sophisticated city of 800,000 that feels like a sleepy desert town, Tucson has plenty to offer outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, urban cowboys, and culture vultures alike. Spread out over a 500-square-mile valley surrounded by five mountain ranges, Tucson is a fresh-air fan's dream.
Visitors enjoy hiking and horseback riding among towering saguaro cactuses or teeing off on one of the area's many fine golf courses designed by some of the world’s top golfers.
Aficionados of the feathered find themselves in bird-watching heaven and everyone is astounded by the Sonoran Desert blooms. Spa lovers are in heaven in Tucson which is home to world class spas including the world famous Canyon Ranch, Miraval Life in Balance and Elizabeth Arden Red Door spas.
And Tucson is the only city in the nation to host three Major League Baseball teams for Spring Training in March every year. Even rock hounds from all over the globe know Tucson is home to the world’s largest gem, mineral and fossil show.

Did we mention the weather? Over 300 days of sunshine a year, more than most cities in the world allow visitors to play outside year round.
It gets a bit toasty in summer but shaded getaways abound and (as the local mantra has it) it's a dry heat.

With its strong Spanish, Mexican, and Native American heritage, Tucson is more than just a pretty space. Civilized pleasures are plentiful, too.
Tucson is one of only a few cities in the U.S. that have a resident symphony as well as opera, theater, and ballet companies. Palate-stimulating southwest cuisine and authentic Mexican food are among the city's myriad dining options, and tony resorts offer all the latest amenities in a casual, laid-back atmosphere.
Those whose idea of a successful trip involves unique souvenirs will be delighted, too.
Country western gear, Native American crafts, and southwestern gifts say it with salsa or cactus can be found everywhere from mom-and-pop shops to air-conditioned malls.
Tucson is a jumping-off point for many other terrific Southern Arizona day trips.

Downtown Tucson
Downtown Tucson

Downtown from La Placita Village
Downtown from La Placita Village



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Source: Metropolitan Tucson CVB, Steve Renzi, Fred Hood
Last modified: 20050107
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