Tucson gives you a feast for the eyes, rejuvenates your body, and invigorates your soul.
Tucson is a thriving visual and performing arts scene and respected galleries and museums, Tucson’s vibrant multicultural heritage shines. Famous for its dramatic beauty, the Sonoran Desert covers this region with spectacular cacti – including the giant saguaro, a symbol of the American Southwest.
The Sonoran Desert might be known for its epic sunsets, but what happens when the sun goes down is equally breathtaking. Expansive dark skies and minimal light pollution make the desert constellations some of the best things to see in Tucson.
Home to Old Tucson Movie Studio where a plethora of movies have been filmed.
- Rex Allen singer, actor, Willcox
- Michael Carbajal world champion boxer, Phoenix
- Lynda Carter actress, Phoenix
- Cochise Apache indian chief, Arizona Territory
- Barbara Eden was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1934. She became famous for her starring role in the television series I Dream of Jeannie.
- Louie Espinoza Arizona’s first world champion boxer, Chandler
- Barry Goldwater politician, Phoenix
- Carl Trumbull Hayden politician, Phoenix
- Frank Luke, Jr. WWI fighter ace, Phoenix
- Charles Mingus, born in Nogales, Arizona in 1922, was a bassist, pianist, bandleader, composer, and vocalist. He was one of the most important jazz composers of the 20th century.
- Kerri Strug gymnast, Tucson
- Cesar Estrada Chavez (1927 – 1993) Cesar Chavez was born in Yuma, Arizona in 1927. He founded and led the first successful farm workers’ union in U.S. history and was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994.
- Joan Ganz Cooney (1929 – ) Producer of Sesame Street; born in Phoenix Geronimo (Mescalero-Chiricahua: GoyaałÃ© “one who yawns”; June 1829 – February 17, 1909) was a prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache who fought against Mexico and the United States for their expansion into Apache tribal lands for several decades during the Apache Wars. “Geronimo” was the name given to him during a battle with Mexican soldiers. Geronimo’s Chiricahua name is often rendered as Goyathlay or Goyahkla in English.Geronimo was born to the Bedonkohe band of the Apache, near Turkey Creek, a tributary of the Gila River in the modern-day state of New Mexico, then part of Mexico. His grandfather (Mahko) had been chief of the Bedonkohe Apache. He had three brothers and four sisters
- Zane Grey(January 31, 1872 – October 23, 1939) was an American author best known for his popular adventure novels and stories that presented an idealized image of the American frontier. Riders of the Purple Sage (1912) was his best-selling book. In addition to the success of his printed works, they later had second lives and continuing influence when adapted as films and television productions. As of 2012, 112 films, two television episodes, and a television series, Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater, had been made that were based loosely on his novels and short stories
- Haskay-bay-nay-ntayl (c. 1860 – after 1894), better known as the Apache Kid, was a White Mountain Apache scout, and later a renegade, active in the American states of Arizona and New Mexico, and the Mexican states of Sonora and Chihuahua in the late 19th and possibly the early 20th centuries.
- Helen Hull Jacobs(1908 – 1197) Tennis champion, writer; born in Globe.
- John McCain (1936 – ) Arizona Senator and war hero. Presidential Candidate in 2000.
- Phil Mickelson (1970 – ) Professional golfer, Scottsdale resident.
- Sandra Day O’Conner (1930 – ) The first woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court in 1981.
- Linda Ronstadt (born July 15, 1946) is an American popular music singer. She has earned 11 Grammy Awards, two Academy of Country Music awards, an Emmy Award, an ALMA Award, and numerous United States and internationally certified gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums. She has also earned nominations for a Tony Award and a Golden Globe award.
- David Spade (1965 – ) Comedian/actor, Raised in Scottsdale.
- Steven Spielberg (1946 – ) Film director, raised in Phoenix.
- Stewart Udall (1920 – ) Former Secretary of the Interior; born in St. Johns.
- John Dillinger and his gang were captured in Tucson and arraigned at the Pima County Courthouse in an upstairs courtroom, later known as Courtroom 8. In recent Courthouse restoration efforts, this courtroom has been preserved and rehabilitated to the 1930’s Dillinger days.
Ditat Deus [dee-taht de-oo s; English dahy-tat dee-uh s, dey-uhs] has been translated as: “God Enriches.” The motto has remains unchanged since its introduction by Richard Cunningham McCormick in 1863. The motto was provided by the writer and journalist Richard McCormick who was appointed secretary of the Arizona Territory by President Lincoln. Ditat Deus served as the motto of the Arizona Territory from 1863 to 1912 and has served as the motto of the State of Arizona since 1912.
Things to Do
Hiking and Biking
Motorcycles (Historic Route 66)
Golf and Tennis
Gastronomy Food Experiences
Breweries and Wine Tasting
Enjoy sunshine pretty much year-round
Luxury Spas, Shopping and Dining