Metro Tucson is a culturally diverse community, blending Native American, Spanish, Mexican and Anglo cultures. We are a kind and welcoming community to live, work, and visit. It is this diversity and kindness that attracts people from across the globe.
The city of Tucson is 2,389 feet above sea level and covers nearly 500 square miles. The landscape is varied and includes flowering desert, rolling hills, winding dry riverbeds, rugged canyons and pine-topped peaks, all beneath a clear, blue sky. Scenery on the 90-minute drive from downtown Tucson to the top of the highest mountain peak in the Santa Catalina Mountains, Mt. Lemmon, is like what you’d see on a trip from Mexico to Canada.
It’s true! In December of 2015, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) named Tucson as the first city to be named a City of Gastronomy in the United States. Much more than a nod to our spectacular Mexican cuisine, it’s a comprehensive award that encompasses “our region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness.”