Tucson is the largest city in southern Arizona and the seat of Pima County. Its name is derived from the Tohono O’odham native Cuk Son, or “Black Foothills,” a reference to the volcanic mountains that lie to the west. Tucson is a metropolis of glass and concrete set amidst a landscape of cactus forests, rolling
Phoenix is the capital of Arizona and the seat of Maricopa County. It lies in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, surrounded by mountains and lush fields of cotton and citrus fruits. The sun shines almost every day in Phoenix, which is why the Navajo refer to it as Hoozdo (“the place is hot”).