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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

#1 of 55 in Outdoors in Tucson
Must see · Scenic Drive · Tourist Spot
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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  • DO NOT miss this drive if you are in the area. The 26 mile drive up to the top of Mt. Lemon is stunning. Make sure you hit all of the pull-off stops as each one has it's own magnificent views and...  more »
  • I wasn't sure what to expect here but I really enjoyed the drive up to Summerhaven. There are several places to pull over and take pictures of the beautiful views. The 1st 3,000 feet in elevation...  more »
  • Great place for a break up.
  • Loved the drive up and the overlook stops. A must do

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