Frequently asked questions about Tucson

Where are you? How can I get to you?
The Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau is located in Tucson, Arizona, which is in the southern part of the state, between Phoenix and the Mexican border. Our Visitors Center is located at 110 S. Church Ave., Suite 7199, Tucson, AZ 85701, in La Placita Village, a business and retail plaza. This is in the heart of the city's original downtown core, near the Arts and Historic Districts that feature galleries, museums, and performance spaces. We are minutes from Tucson International Airport via the Interstate 10 freeway and within walking distance of the Tucson Convention Center. Drop by for helpful information or call (800) 638-8350.

What is the population of Metropolitan Tucson?
When it was founded in 1775, Tucson's population was just over 3,000. By 1920, the population had grown to 20,292. Today, roughly 800,000 people call Tucson home.

How hot does it get?
The highest temperature ever recorded was 117 degrees Fahrenheit on June 26, 1990. The annual average is 82 degrees Fahrenheit/28 degrees Celsius for the high temperature, and 55 degrees Fahrenheit/13 degrees Celsius for the low temperature. Tucson's mild climate is legendary.

How far away is Phoenix, Arizona, and how long is the drive? Is there a shuttle service between Tucson and Phoenix?
The distance between Tucson and Phoenix is roughly 100 miles. The drive via Interstate 10 at the posted 75-mile-an-hour speed limit is a little under two hours. Arizona Shuttle Service (link to Shuttles listings) is Arizona's largest statewide shuttle service between Tucson and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. View the chart below for driving distances to other popular Arizona destinations.


  Miles KM

Benson 46 74

Bisbee 90 144

Douglas 118 189

Grand Canyon 338 541

Green Valley 24 39

Nogales 63 101

Phoenix 115 184

Sierra Vista 70 112

Tempe 112 179

Tombstone 70 112

Tubac 44 70

Yuma 240 384


Are there attractions for those interested in native wildlife?

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (link) is one of the most notable wildlife parks in the world. Just south of Tucson lies the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, a pristine wildlife sanctuary. The Tucson Botanical Gardens, located in midtown, is a haven for native plants and birds. Plan your trip around these sights and more. (Link to Plants & Animals itinerary)

Which baseball teams play in Tucson?

Tucson is the only city in the United States to host three Major League Baseball teams for Spring Training . In Tucson, fans can catch the excitement of the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Chicago White Sox as they get fired up for the regular season. The three teams play games during March at Hi-Corbett Field and Tucson Electric Park. Tucson's own minor-league franchise, the Tucson Sidewinders, is the AAA affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and plays at Tucson Electric Park.

Where do the University of Arizona Wildcats play basketball? Football?

Some of the nation's finest college athletes are in the Pacific-10 Conference. The University of Arizona Wildcats are no exception. The Wildcats play basketball in McKale Center and football at the Arizona Stadium. For more information, visit the U of A Athletics web site.

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