Trip Planner:   USA  /  Arizona  /  Tucson  /  Scenic Drive  /  Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson
(4.9/5 based on 1,600+ 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.
map
Create a full Tucson itinerary

Plan your trip to Tucson

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Tucson by other users

11 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids, culture, relaxing, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 28 days in Tucson BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Canyon & Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, teens, historic sites, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 12 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in Tucson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 3 days in Tucson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA January, kids, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM CANADA January, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM CANADA January, outdoors, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 3 days in Tucson BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Arizona BY A USER FROM CANADA January, culture, historic sites, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: January, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • We drove up and stopped at all the stops on the way down. Walked around. Very beautiful peaceful drive. Takes over an hr to drive up. It's just a great place to connect with nature 
  • This was a beautiful drive into the mountains, lovely and quiet with All the cactus along the road. There is a village where you can have a drink 
  • Really enjoyed our drive on the byway. Beautiful scenery. Plenty of areas to stop for photos. Many hiking trails. Lots of places to pull over on the road to let others pass if they are in a hurry. Pro...  more »