Tucson is a city in the state of Arizona, in the United States. This city is the county seat of Pima County, and is the second-largest city in Arizona in population, following Phoenix. The University of Arizona is in Tucson. The city is located 60 miles north of the U.S. and Mexico border; it is 108 miles south east of Phoenix.
Tucson’s economic development revolves around the University of Arizona. This is the second largest employer in the city. The largest employer is the US Army Intelligence Center, Fort Huachuca, located in nearby Sierra Vista. There is also the Air Force Base, Davis-Monthan, located in Tucson. The presence of the Intelligence Center and the Base has attracted several high-tech companies and government contractors to the area. Companies with office space and other facilities include Raytheon Missile Systems, Texas Instruments, IBM, Intuit Inc., Universal Avionics, Sunquest Information Systems, Sanofi-Aventis, Ventana Medical Systems Inc., and Bombardier Aerospace.
Entertainment And Dining Out
There are many things to see and do in Tucson, including a visit to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This facility combines a museum, zoo, and botanical garden devoted to the animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert. It is 98-acres in size, and offers over two miles of walking paths. Get a taste of the old west by visiting Trail Dust Town. This outdoor shopping mall and restaurant complex was transformed from the remains of a 1950 western movie set. There are historical artifacts throughout the mall, including an Allan Herschell merry-go-round. This 1920s merry-go-round is the Fiesta del Presidio carousel is mad up of the original wooden horses and benches. This shopping mall also offers the Museum of the Horse Soldier and offers a large display of Western and military history that includes original period costumes, uniforms, weapons, and firearms. Dining options in Tucson include El Minuto Café, Cushing Street Bar & Restaurant, El Charro Café, Café Poca Cosa, and the Downtown Kitchen.
The closest major airport to Tucson, Arizona is Tucson International Airport. This airport is 9 miles from the city center. There is a network of bus routes in Tucson that serves the major metropolitan area. The Old Pueblo Trolley is a weekend heritage streetcar service that runs between the Fourth Avenue Business District and the University of Arizona.