Mt. Lemmon Scenic Byway
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Jim S
4 contributions
Nov. 2022
Amazing drive , take your time, lots of great photo opps. Really good cookies at the top and restaurant at the ski hill
Written December 1, 2022
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Paradox15
Raleigh, NC110 contributions
Nov. 2022
This was a great drive and I would definitely go if you can! The only reason I don't give it 5 is because there are not enough areas to get out. Most of the stopping areas are "fee areas". I would have liked to get out and walk around a bit more.
Written November 29, 2022
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Bruce B
Wichita Falls, TX73 contributions
Nov. 2022 • Couples
Nice ride up into the hills on an Autumn day. Would have been a lot more fun on a motorcycle.
Watch out for the loonies on bicycles flying down the hill.
Written November 23, 2022
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John H
Westmount, Canada494 contributions
Nov. 2022
This is all about the topography, landscape and plants... and the many vistas/'look-outs' along the road-way. Not a lot of places which can offer this experience. However, note well for those who get queasy stomachs, there are many twists and turns and steep cliffs to experience! There are also places to start hikes. However, no facilities or commercial establishments until you reach Summerhaven at the top ( a good hour of driving uphill). - We also added the Skyride (ski chairlift at the ski hill, operating in the non-ski season) and felt this was well worth the ride and views.
Written November 15, 2022
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wajaah
Edmonton, Canada5 contributions
Nov. 2022
Recommend to all who go to Tucson! A must to see and very easy to stop all along the way to take pictures and see the beautiful and spectacular sights. Recommend to download the informative App they have and play as you travel up the mountains to the top!
Written November 12, 2022
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KristinaSF2014
San Francisco, CA44 contributions
Oct. 2022
Even though I pegged Mt. Lemmon as "touristy", I was there, it was a weekday, so I couldn't not make the drive up the mountain. The views, and changing landscape the higher the altitude made it well worth it, and there are plenty of pullouts to stop to enjoy some views.
Written October 14, 2022
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TravelLove886
Philadelphia, PA170 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Started the drive in the early afternoon after lunch and there was minimal traffic. Lots of pull outs along the way if you're a photo-loving person like I am. What's really amazing here is how many microclimates you'll experience in just a short time. It goes from desert to Scottish plains to New England to mountaintop.... And back again. If you've got more than one legal driver in the car, be sure to switch out on the way back so everyone can appreciate the views. Cute little gift shop and cabins at the top. If you time it right, you'll be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset on the way back down
Written October 1, 2022
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GRob55
Phoenix, AZ18 contributions
Sep. 2022
A first-rate ride as you traverse many climate zones, going from desert to 9,000 ft in less than 30 miles. Incredible views along the way!
Written September 26, 2022
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Alejandra G
Reading, MA10 contributions
Oct. 2021
It is one of the most impressive routes I have taken.....also a little scary. But it is worth the effort. A lot of turns and curves while ascending so be careful driving following the posted speed limits. Do not forget to take pictures!!
Written September 4, 2022
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Teacher91 ❤
Temple, TX32,781 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
The Mr and I took the Mt Lemming Scenic By-Way on a Sunday morning after touring Sabino Canyon.

What a glorious ride it was!

We throughly enjoyed the scenery on the way. We decided to ride it all the way to the top and do our stopping at the various pullouts on our the way back.

Scenic beauty was in every direction, and the topography changed as we climbed.

First it was cactus and houses that literally perched on the edge of the earth.

Next it was rocks that seemed to be clinging to nothing and rose majestically into the sky.

Eventually we saw pretty pine trees and enjoyed cooler temps at the top.

On the way back down, we encountered a deluge of rain and even some hail.

Thankfully, it stopped long enough for us to grab a quick pic or two of Windy Point Vista. How lucky were we?

One thing we didn’t enjoy was the cars that seemed to be speeding. More than once the Mr pulled over to let someone go by. The speed limit is 35 for a reason.

Early in our climb we encountered a head on collision being cleaned up.

Slow down people and enjoy the ride.

It is magnificent!
Written August 29, 2022
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