In the New World, a building over 50 years old is often deemed historic, but Tucson proudly breaks the mold. This town in the American southwest dates back to 100 AD, when the Hohokam Indians settled into the fertile farming valley and built a village that thrived for nearly 2,000 years. In fact, the town name comes from the Pima Indian word chukeson, which means "spring at the base of black mountain." Modern Tucson is a bustling center whose major attractions are its rich history, unique nature, world-class performing arts, and the never-ending sun. Melding Hispanic, Anglo, and Native American cultures, it has developed a confident vitality and unique style strengthened by its resistance to the homogenizing effects of urban renewal that swept the country after World War II.

Turning back the bulldozers, Tucsonians succeeded in preserving a good deal of the Old Mexico character and desert landscape that distinguishes their city among its neighbors. The Old Pueblo, as the locals call it, blends the best of contemporary life with the historic influences that shaped it, so you can spend a day driving cattle and then exchange your horse for box seats at the opera. When you get curious about what other wonders lie beyond the foothills, head off in just about any direction and you will find mountains, canyons, desert paradises, and cowboy towns to explore 'till the cows come home!