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Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway

Address: Tucson, AZ
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Ranked #4 of 122 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

We took a sunny morning to drive up to Mount Lemmon. It was beautiful. Starts out with the saguaro cactus and ends with beautiful pines. Lots of good pull offs for picture taking and rest rooms. One pull off had water running from the top down the mountain side with little pools. It takes a good hour to drive up,... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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108 reviews 108 reviews
35 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Give yourself 2 hours up n down... stop at overlooks and climb on the rocks... take pictures and hit the bathrooms.... don't forget to drink lots of water due to dry air and altitude. Gorgeous and a must do once a month for us !

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Ontario, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Lots of pull offs allow you to view from many angles the great views. The canyons and rock formations are great. Some nice side hikes as well.

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Lansing, Michigan
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Amazing scenery, love standing in snowbanks at the very top in 80 degree weather! First visit I didnt go all the way up as it is a pretty long drive, maybe an hour to the top and of course we have to stop and take pictures at different intervals on the way. The top there is a little village with... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Amazing views up and down, but take advantage, stop, get out of your car and walk around. There is a pizza company in the town at the top, that serves a good slice of pie.

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Queen Creek, Arizona, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

This drive is easy to find. The beginning is in Tucson central and it rises to about 9000 feet. It is a spectacular view as you go higher and higher. You go through different ecological systems as you elevate. Lots of scenic view pullouts and you will not be dissapointed. Take your camera. There is a cute little town near... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Some beautiful viewpoints as you drive up some nicely designed mountain roads. Bring some picnic supplies to take a break as you "climb" the mountain.

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Whidbey Island, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The rock formations, or hoodoos, make this drive worthwhile all by themselves. However, the ever-widening views of the desert floor and Tucson in the distance add another enjoyable dimension. There were also abundant wildflowers up higher in October.

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Arizona
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159 reviews 159 reviews
39 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway is a world apart of the hustle and bustle of the city. As you ascend to nearly 10,000 feet, you are treated to ever-changing flora. The views from the many pull-outs are stunning and the signs help you understand what lies before you. The village of Summerhaven near the top of the mountain offers food, beverage... More 

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Duarte, California
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50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Once you're a bit of the way up on the road, the views are impressive. Take time to stop; it's worth in. The hoodoos aren't as impressive as those in Brice Canyon National Park, but the desert landscape gives them a different look.

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