If you are in Tucson and have about 3-4 hours, I highly recommend the Mount Lemmon Scenic Byway. It is quite an easy drive, as the road has been improved in the last 10 years. The start of this mountain drive is at about 2,300 feet elevation. You can go all the way to the ski area which is close to 10,000 feet elevation. Along the way there are several places to stop and enjoy the view, flora, fauna, and rock formations. You will notice the saguaro cactus get replaced by pine trees and cool breezes. There are several absolutely stunning canyons to view. Hiking trails take you into the wild for a short or long hike.
On the way back down, I recommend letting some wind in to the vehicle so the kids don't get car sick.
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