With 350 days of sunshine annually, southern Arizona is an ideal place for the hiker, biker, swimmer, triathlete, tennis player and golfer. National parks, forests and monuments abound. Tucson is also a thriving hub of economic and commercial activity in the Southwest, only 65 miles from Mexico, and is home to numerous medical and research centers and a site for the high technology industry, from optics to film. Tucson is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the United States.
Tucson is the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in North America, and is home to a multicultural population that reflects the rich diversity of the Southwest. Tucson is well known for its rich heritage and its variety of cultural opportunities, from opera, theater, ballet, and mariachi festivals to rodeo and world-class museums including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, the Pima Air and Space Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art. Located fifty-six miles southwest of Tucson on the Tohono O'odham Indian Reservation, the Kitt Peak National Optical Astronomy Observatory is a working research station situated high above the desert floor.
For additional information about Tucson, please contact the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau at (520) 624-1817 or www.visittucson.org.