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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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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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  • This is a well-known highway with many pull outs as you go from desert to forest. The highlight for me was Windy Point. It has parking, bathrooms, and good views. It is one of those stops where...  more »
  • It is worth your time, very interesting to go through all the different levels, from the desert, cactus, pines, aspens,  more »
  • Great place for a break up.
  • Loved the drive up and the overlook stops. A must do

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