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Gates Pass, Tucson

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Take in the boundless skies and Arizona's dramatic landscape at Gates Pass. Just 11 km (7 mi) west of Tucson, the mountain pass is famous for its scenic byway, frequented by locals and tourists alike. The road offers numerous overlooks that provide panoramic views of the surrounding area and the city below. They're considered some of the best places to capture the sunset in the whole state. Bear in mind that the road through the pass is narrow, and whether you're driving or cycling over it, it's extremely important to take care to ensure the safety of yourself and others. Plan to visit Gates Pass and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Tucson attractions using our Tucson vacation trip planner.
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To discover the tranquility of the Sonoran Desert, book your stay at an inn just a short drive from Tucson. Staying on the outskirts of the city allows you quick and easy access to some of Arizona's wildest areas, though it does require a car if you wish to enjoy Tucson's shops and restaurants. For the ultimate in indulgence, consider one of the city's award-winning luxury resorts, which feature full-service spa and fitness centers, championship golf courses, lighted tennis courts, and indoor swimming pools.
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  • Ive been here twice, but wanted to show my wife a short trip, after our stay at the base. Nice place etc, beautiful drive, unfortunately, we were witness to a car going over the cliff, like april 2017...  more »
  • Gates Pass is only accessible with a private car that takes you to the far western stretch of Speedway Blvd. There are several look out points along the way you should stop at every one. It is spectac...  more »
  • The views from here of the sunsets in Tucson, AZ are stunning. I haven't seen anything else like it.  more »