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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

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Fabulous views and easy drive up

Great drive up - not busy and easy to cover in a half day Make sure you go up when the chairlift is open - good fun Also go when it's a clear day to avoid it been too cold !!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Great drive up - not busy and easy to cover in a half day Make sure you go up when the chairlift is open - good fun Also go when it's a clear day to avoid it been too cold !!

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Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

It's such an unbelievably gorgeous drive. Be sure to stop at all the scenic view pull outs. Stop in Summerhaven to have a snack or pack a lunch & stop & enjoy the little lake. In the fall the scenic drive becomes even more spectacular

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This highway ascends from the Tucson valley up to approximately 9000 ft. It is well worthwhile to stop along the many pullouts or camping areas to learn about the geology and plant life at each elevation. Summerhaven at the top has a few good restaurants and tourist shops. There is a variety of picnic and hlking choices. It is a... More 

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Crittenden, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Worth the time to take the drive up this very scenic byway. Starting off in the Sonoran desert country and winding higher and higher with gorgeous views of Tuscon below. We were lucky enough to catch a glorious sunset on the way back down. It was December and very mild until we reached the top where there was some snow.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

A great drive up Catalina Highway to Summerhaven and Ski Valley. The road itself is dramatic, twisting and turning. As we drove storm clouds massed on the north slope. I wondered if we should turn around but the weather forecasts and radar did not look thteatening and the drive is on the southern slope. Tip 1 check the weather. Great... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A relaxing day getaway, enjoy the greenery & cooler temps driving up to Mt Lemmon. Stop & picnic, admire the breathtaking views. Go all the way up to Summerhaven & stop for a giant fresh baked cookie.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

One of Tucson's unique features is 9000 ft. Mt. Lemmon only an hour drive from most parts of town. The drive is very dramatic as it winds through beautiful scenery to pine forest. The resturant in Summerhaven is a good spot for lunch on the patio. The temperature will be 20 degrees cooler than town...a sweater might be needed. There... More 

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We traveled about half way up the byway. Fellow bird tour members had traveled the byway pre-birding tour. When they learned I still needed to find a Painted Redstart, they agreed to show us where they found one. So, post-tour we headed up the byway to the Cypress Picnic area. Lo and behold, there was the Painted Redstart busily feeding... More 

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Thornton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

This drive is absolutely beautiful. There are new sights to see at every turn. A must when in the Tucson area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Hiking, nature trails, and getting out of the heat in the hot weather, to snow and skiing or sledding in the winter, this is a place to go! My. Lemmon is a 9,000 plus elevation change that shows the wonders of nature at its finest!

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