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Tucson is a cosmopolitan city in Arizona with a unique blend of Native American, Spanish, Mexican, African American, Asian and Anglo heritages. Tucson is one of the fastest growing urban areas in the U.S. and a population that's close to 1 million people now. Despite this growth, the community retains a rich charm that has earned Tucson the nickname, "The Old Pueblo."

Saguaro cacti in the desert near Tucson, Arizona

The name "Tucson" is derived from the Indian word, "Chuk-son," meaning village of the dark spring at the foot of the mountains. Indeed, Tucson is ringed by five mountain ranges: the Santa Catalina Mountains are on the North and northeast; the Rincon Mountains are to the east; the Santa Rita Mountains to the south; and the Tortolita Mountains on the northwest. These mountains offer wonderful hiking year round. In minutes, hikers can be out of the city and up in the mountains. Both the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort and Westin La Paloma Resort are located near the Santa Catalina Mountains with championship golf courses, top hotels, fabulous restaurants and local attractions nearby.

A few miles north of Tucson, nestled at the base of towering Pusch Ridge in the Santa Catalina Mountains, you'll find Oro Valley, an area that's has gained popularity as a scenic residential and recreational retreat. Mesquite groves, saguaro cactus stands and other native plants give the community a natural, rural feeling and a desert tranquility laced with extraordinary wonder. The Vistoso Casitas are nestled into the Santa Catalina mountains, overlooking the city of Oro Valley.

Whether you stay in a fully-equipped golf condo or check-in to one of the world-class resorts, and regardless of where you choose to tee off, you'll find that Tucson is a superior vacation and leisure destination, with some of the best views to be found in Arizona!

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