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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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Scenic Drive
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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  • It's a good attraction to escape from the heat in Tucson during Summer. Usually mt lemmon is 20 degrees cooler than Tucson. It's a 90 minutes drive from Tucson, but it's worth it. It has accommodation...  more »
  • It is a good 90 min drive to reach the summit with stops at a few look outs. The views to The west and Tucson are less interesting than views o the east and the San Pedro river valley. 69 degrees at t...  more »
  • The drive up the mountain is an wonderful experience of changing flora and astonishing temperature. It seems as if there's a surprise around every turn  more »