Not nearly as large and spread out as Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun, Tucson is small enough to be convenient, yet large enough to be sophisticated. The mountains ringing Tucson are bigger and closer to town than those in Phoenix, and the desert here is more easily accessed. You can always know which direction you’re heading by looking at those mountain ranges: the Santa Catalina Mountains, the tallest, lie to the north; the jagged, comparatively low Tucson Mountains are west; the imposing, rocky Rincon Mountains are east; and the Santa Rita Mountains, their tallest peak an ancient volcano, lie to the south.
The Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau (MTCVB), 100 S. Church Ave. (at Broadway; tel. 800/638-8350 or 520/624-1817), is an excellent source of information on Tucson and its environs. The visitor center (at 811 N. Euclid Ave.) is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 4pm.
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