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Apache Trail Scenic Drive

Arizona Highway 88, AZ
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Ranked #34 of 1,262 attractions in Arizona
Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
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London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

What a surprise! Don't miss this. Not marked on the map as a scenic highway. Make the time to experience this drive. Best viewed from North to South (start at the dam). Drive slowly (carefully) and enjoy it. There are restaurants in the middle that we are going back to. Several rest stops so that the driver can safely enjoy... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

if you want spectacular scenery, ancient ruins and lots of history, discover the Apache Trail. It's a terrific way to see so much that Arizona has to offer from the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle, which was a positive given the 100-degree heat. As other have noted, the drive after Tortilla Flat to the Roosevelt Dam is dusty, narrow, bumpy... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

How can something free be so wonderful ? This was at times a nail biter, the twists and turns on a one lane gravel road were nerve wracking but very cool. There are many places along the road where you can pull of and look out. Don't forget your camera! The entire drive took us 6 hours but we did... More

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Windsor, Canada
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66 reviews 66 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Drive the route from north to south so you're on the inside lane for the majority of the ride. Stay away from the shoulder of the road. Recommend not driving in a car as the road gets very rough for many miles. Visit the lakes along the way and Roosevelt Dam at the end.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I wish we had rented a car and explored on our own, but although we were with a small group it was still an adventure! The scenery is fantastic, the desert has so many different colors and plants. Beautiful!

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

This is a long winding rode around the mountains. Not only are the views incredible but there are fun and interesting things to see along the way. When you start it is a normal mountain rode BUT the further you go the more amazing the scenery is. It changes as you go. A portion of the drive is unpaved making... More

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Calgary, Canada
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135 reviews 135 reviews
18 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

It is a long, slow drive, but the views are worth the trip. Stop along the way, lots of views. Busy road til Tortilla Flats, after that the roads is gravel, but in good shape, and a lot less folks on the road. Certainly desolute and quiet in places, and although gravel, several one lane bridges, the road is not... More

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Olney,Maryland
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Take your time and stop, and look wherever possible. The boat ride on Canyon Lake was fun and educational. Lunch at the old stage coach stop, Tortilla Flat, was fun and yummy. The Cliff dwellings in Tonto National Park are awesome. The road is not as bad as described in the guide books. One just had to take it slow... More

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Red Deer, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Worth the slow, dusty, narrow drive. But, this may not be for the inexperienced driver or someone intimidated by cliffs without guard rails. If you get easily carsick, this probably isn't a great drive for you either! There's not much for services, so gas up ahead of time. We drove the trail from Apache Junction to Globe and then took... More

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Kutztown
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

I was on a business trip in Phoenix and had an extra day to do the loop. Absolutely worth it! The road has a few challenges, but nothing you can't handle....even in a sebring convertible rental car. Stop at the bar/restaurant, the look outs, the ghost town, Roosevelt Dam and ultimately make the trek up Tonto's Monument. Amazing views!

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