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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 trip planner .
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  • If you are the driver you will not be able to enjoy the scenery during the 20 mile (in each direction) two lane drive. Many hairpins but there are some places to pull over. Check your gas gauge - no g...  more »
  • We loved driving on the scenic byway if you have the chance you won't want to miss the stunning trails and views.  more »
  • Beautiful drive. And a must to drive up to ski resort. WATCH your speed it's only 35m/h. And state troopers will nab u. I learnt the hard way.  more »
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