Tucson © Zereshk
Tucson is surrounded by a ring of mountain ranges
with the Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. Found in the
Sonoran Desert, it is one of the fastest-growing cities in the
country and one of the most attractive holiday destinations in
Combining the amenities of a modern metropolis with a
small-town atmosphere, the almost constant sunshine and dry desert
air provide an oasis where visitors can rest and rejuvenate by the
popular health resort.
Its proximity to the Mexican border is evident in its
architecture and cuisine, and a long history that has left the city
with a dynamic legacy of Spanish, Mexican, American, and Native
With naturally eroded cliff forms, cacti, bird life,
and old cowboy towns in the area, Tucson is also a good central
base from which to explore the many natural wonders beyond the city
limits. Horseback riding and hiking along the wilderness trails are
excellent ways to explore the region.
Nearby attractions include the Saguaro National Park,
with the highest concentration in the world of the desert-symbol
Saguaro cactus, the Spanish-style Mission San Xavier del Bac, and
the first-class Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum that features almost
every kind of local desert fauna and flora in an outdoor
The old mining town of Tombstone attracts crowds of
tourists to the site of the shootout at the O.K. Corral, the most
famous shootout in Wild West history. There's no reason to ignore
Tucson's city centre though. With a number of museums, parks,
shops, restaurants, and nightspots, Tucson has a lively atmosphere
that will keep any visitor thoroughly entertained.
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