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The Tucson Region

The Place to Be Since 1200 B.C.

It's no accident that the Tucson region is home to more than a million residents and hosts more than 7 million visitors a year. There's something magical about this place where the Santa Cruz and Rillito Rivers converge, where five mountain ranges form a protected valley, and where majestic saguaros stand guard on the desert floor while aspen and pine whisper high above them on mountain peaks.

Tucson Climate

Boasting an average 350 sunny days a year and warm dry air, Tucson's climate is ideal for outdoor recreation, with winter temperatures reaching average highs of 64-75°F. Summer days are often hot with low humidity—great for indoor activities like museums, art galleries, and shopping or relaxing indoor or poolside at one of the area's world-famous spas or resorts. Cool mornings and evenings and long twilight hours throughout summer make for memorable cookouts, patio dining, and activities like hiking and horseback riding. Golf can be enjoyed year-round with a host of pro-level courses. In summer months both early morning and late afternoon tee times are available at reduced prices, making it even easier to hit the links.

The second-largest city in Arizona and the county seat of Pima County, Tucson is centered around the smaller towns of Oro Valley, Marana, Catalina, South Tucson (an independent municipality just south of downtown), Sahuarita, Vail, and Green Valley.

Tucson is home to the University of Arizona—established as Arizona's first university in 1885 and now a campus of more than 50,000 students and staff from around the world. Tucson also hosts a large number of annual events drawing participants and spectators from around the world, including The Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil ShowcaseAll Souls ProcessionLa Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo), Tucson Festival of BooksTucson International Mariachi ConferenceEl Tour de Tucson road bike race, and Cologuard Classic, a Tucson PGA TOUR Champions Tour Event.

This desert oasis is not only a premier vacation destination but also a great place to live, work, and play – Tucson is the Southwest at its best.

Governmental Partnerships with the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Town of Oro Valley are a vital component of Visit Tucson's mission to positively impact regional economic development efforts via tourism. Click Here for more information and answers to frequently asked questions.

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