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Beautiful but terrifying drive

Ok, so if you don't have heights or motion sickness issues the drive will not be a problem. But I have both so I drove, with my fingernails in the steering wheel most of the way... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

Ok, so if you don't have heights or motion sickness issues the drive will not be a problem. But I have both so I drove, with my fingernails in the steering wheel most of the way! I had read reviews online about this being a great sunset spot, but did not pay enough attention to the exact location to be,... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 NEW

It really is a beautiful drive. If you are visiting or live in Tucson and have the time, drive up to Mt. Lemmon. A darling town, a very neat ride, it's not too far. When it's blazing hot in Tucson, get in your car and drive up to Mt. Lemmon, it is a lot cooler. Pine Trees, calming, it's lovely.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 NEW

This is one of my favorite drives in the entire U.S. Within the span of a couple of hours, a person can literally leave the dry, arid desert environment of Tucson and all of the saguato cacti at the beginning of this drive and be at the top of a nine thousand-foot mountain, passing through spectacular rock formations, aspen groves,... More 

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Skaneateles, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

The drive to the top of Mt. Lemmon was extremely interesting with awesome vistas from well-placed overlooks. The road is very well maintained. We also enjoyed a short hike (about 3 miles). It was well into the 90s on the desert floor and much cooler on Mt. Lemmon, a welcome break from the sun and heat. We greatly admired those... More 

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Houston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015 NEW

Narrow, winding, scenic road. Paved. Much cooler than in Tucson proper. Numerous changes of scenery, including snow at the top! Lots of birdlife. Well worth the drive.

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

My family was visiting from out-of-town and even though they appreciated the desert landscape it was nice to show them the beautiful mountains a short drive away. You can see all over Tucson. We love this drive especially in a convertible.

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New Mexico
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful drive up the mountain. The views going up and down were spectacular. The hiking trails were great and the air smelled so clean and fresh from the pine trees. It was much cooler than Tucson due to the high elevation, so bring along a jacket. We had lunch at a lovely restaurant on top at Summerhaven. The food was... More 

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Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a wonderful drive through a very scenic byway. Leaving the desert floor of Tucson you climb up the mountain and through the pass to view the valleys on both sides. There are many turn outs that offer amazing views of the valley and distant mountain ranges. It really is a must do activity if you are in the... More 

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Anniston, AL
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful drive with plentiful pull-offs to admire the views. Excellent road that is equipped with safe guard rails. Nice Visitor Center (Pallisades) part way up, although it is not open on Tuesday or Wednesday. If it is hot in Tucson, cool off with this trip as it is about 30 degrees cooler at the top.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We have been coming to Tucson for over 20 years and never made this drive. Now that we are full time we thought it was time. Went with some out of town friends and it was spectacular. We just admired the views on the way up but stopped at most of the vistas on the way down. It was a... More 

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