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Tucson Sightseeing

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Gray Line, (520) 622-8811 or (800) 276-1528, offers sightseeing tours to Tucson's major sites as well as trips to Tombstone and the Grand Canyon. Overnight and multiple-day tours are available.

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For those who prefer to explore the city and its environs on their own, the Visit Tucson Official Travel Guide, distributed by the Visit Tucson, 100 S. Church Ave., contains walking tour information; phone (520) 624-1817 or (800) 638-8350 to have a free copy mailed to you before your trip. Visitors may also pick up a destination guide at the Tucson Visitor Center at 110 S. Church Ave., Suite 7199 (in La Placita Village), Mon.-Fri. 9-5, Sat.-Sun. 9-4 (closed weekends in summer).

Looking for other things to see in Tucson? While you're at the visitor center ask for the free Presidio Trail Historical Walking Tour brochure, which includes a map of the Presidio Trail, a bright turquoise stripe painted on the sidewalks that wind through the heart of downtown Tucson. The 2.5-mile trail begins at the intersection of Church and Washington streets and passes more than 20 numbered historical sites, including the Pima County Courthouse and the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block. If you follow the trail without the walking tour brochure and its written descriptions, don't worry; most sites on the tour are marked by plaques.

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Tucson, AZ

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Travel Information

City Population

520,116

Elevation

2,389 ft.

Sales Tax

Arizona's statewide sales tax is 5.6 percent; an additional 2 percent is levied in Tucson. The tax on a hotel room in Pima County is 13.05 percent, plus an additional $2 per room per night in Tucson. There is a combined state and county rental car tax of 10 percent, plus a Pima County rental car fee of $3.50 per rental; a concession fee of 11.1 percent is added if the car is picked up at the airport, and an additional 2 percent tax is added if the car is picked up off airport property but within the Tucson city limits.

Emergency

911

Police (non-emergency)

(520) 791-6813 (8 a.m.-10 p.m.)

Hospitals

Carondelet St. Joseph's Hospital, (520) 873-3000; Carondelet St. Mary's Hospital, (520) 872-3000; Northwest Medical Center, (520) 742-9000; Tucson Medical Center, (520) 327-5461; University Medical Center, (520) 694-0111.

Visitor Information

811 N. Euclid Ave. Tucson, AZ 85719. Phone:(520)624-1817 or (800)638-8350

Air Travel

Ten miles south of downtown,

Rental Cars

Hertz, (520) 573-5201 or (800) 654-3131, offers discounts to AAA members.

Rail Service

The Amtrak station is at 400 N. Toole. For advance ticket and schedule information phone (800) 872-7245. Tickets may be purchased at the station.

Buses

The terminal for Greyhound Lines Inc. is at 471 W. Congress St.; phone (520) 792-3475 or (800) 231-2222.

Taxis

There are many independent taxi companies in Tucson. Rates are not regulated by the city. Companies that serve the area include Discount Cab, (520) 388-9000; VIP Taxi, (520) 300-3000; and Yellow Cab, (520) 624-6611.

Public Transportation

Sun Tran, (520) 792-9222, operates a fleet of buses running throughout the metro area as well as a streetcar line downtown.

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