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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

Categories: Scenic Drives, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.9/5 based on 1,500+ reviews on the web
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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  • Who knew, that there's a place in Tucson, AZ where you could enjoy the wonders of all four seasons. In the fall watch the leaves turn color and enjoy a Genuine Oktoberfest on the weekends. In summer, ...  read more »
  • Tucson can be miserable in the summer. If you are looking for afternoon destination out of the heat this is great! Views change from cactus/dessert at bottom to pine tree Colorado feel terrain at top....  read more »
  • Fabulous views all the way to the top. Southern most ski area if you're so inclined in the winter. Plenty of trails for hiking as well or just enjoy the drive. 
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