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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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Watch the desert disappear into panoramic mountain scenery along Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway. Just a short drive of 43.5 km (27 mi) takes you from the Sonoran Desert with its cacti, Joshua trees, and mesquite plants up to cool forests of oak, fir, pine, and aspen typical of the Canadian ecological zone. As you progress through the byway, you'll see wide vistas of the deserts below and the rocks and mountains above. Every 304.8 m (1,000 ft) you ascend is comparable to driving north 965.6 km (600 miles). For this reason, be sure to pack extra clothing--the temperature can vary 30 degrees from the base to the top. Get fuel and food before driving the byway; there are no convenience stops. Add Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway to your Tucson travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Tucson itinerary planner.
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  • Absolutely beautiful! We stopped at the many pull offs and small parking areas to walk around and experience hiking in the mountains. Make sure you stop at the visitor center, you will get breathtakin...  more »
  • This is a beautiful and scenic trip. So many beautiful rock formations and plenty of turnouts to see the views. Recommend you go early on the weekends. We were just ahead of the crowds by arriving at ...  more »
  • We drove from Tucson all the way up to the ski lifts on MT Lemmon. Be aware that the drive will take AWHILE. I would suggest that you stop several times at the marked lookout points. Some have places ...  more »

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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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