The largest city in southern Arizona and one of the fastest growing urban areas in the Southwest, Tucson is simultaneously a bustling center of business and a laid-back university and resort town. Tucson is proud to celebrate its rich medley of cultures, architecture, and people.
Situated in the Sonoran Desert, Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges: Rincon Mountains on the east side, Tucson Mountains on the west, Santa Catalina Mountains flanking the north and northeast, Santa Rita Mountains on the south and southeast side, and Tortolita Mountains rising in the northwest. The 360 sunny days a year and naturally stunning desert landscape make this city ideal for any outdoor enthusiast.
Tucson places an emphasis on preserving its colorful heritage while simultaneously maintaining a laid-back attitude. Named "A mini-mecca for the arts" by The Wall Street Journal, and included in the book, "50 Fabulous Places to Raise Your Family," Tucsonans embrace desert life while living in a place where the American dream can still come true. The city offers the best of both worlds; a progressive and innovative metropolitan while maintaining the friendly, caring small-town atmosphere.
In 2015, Tucson became the first city in the United States to be recognized as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy. Some credit for this recognition goes to the “Downtown Revitalization.” Tucsonans voted in 2000 to increase the sales tax in order to breathe new life into the Downtown area. The three-step plan didn’t start until 2010 with a handful of infrastructure projects as step one, including the city’s solar-powered streetcar. Step two offered an incentive plan for those looking to open new businesses – thus leading to a booming number of restaurant additions that helped Tucson earn its designation as a city of Gastronomy. With the opening of a new downtown hotel in 2017, Downtown Tucson continues to grow as both a great place for locals and a hub for the area’s vibrant tourism.