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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway, Tucson

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#1 of 55 in Outdoors in Tucson
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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  • Beautiful scenic stops all along the way, bring hiking boots for short or long hikes. There are places to stop for bathroom breaks but no food til the top. Best places at top are the Cookie Cabin...  more »
  • First thing you need to do before you start the scenic drive is download the app. It describes the scenery along the 25 mile drive to the top. We went from desert to snow top mountain. Beautiful...  more »
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