Scenic Drives in Arizona

Julie Lemerond November 12, 2015

Often we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, that we forget that we live in one of the most gorgeous parts of the country, a place that millions of people each year choose as their vacation destination.  Give yourself and your family a gift and get out and explore our big Arizona backyard a little bit more!

Get Yer Kicks

Travel to northern Arizona and spend a weekend traversing Historic Route 66!  This ‘Main Street of America’ still has some flair to share, such as the Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, or wild burros walking through downtown in Oatman.  You may find yourself standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, or maybe veering off of 66 to spend some time in the Petrified Forest National Park.  Amazing, what things you can find when you get off the interstate!  For more information and to plan your adventure, start with learning more at http://azrt66.com.

89A from Sedona to Flagstaff

We think this road should actually be called 89A+, because it’s one of the most gorgeous and scenic drives in our state.  From Sedona, ascend through numerous red rock switchbacks as you make your way to Flagstaff, and then descend back, navigating turn after turn amidst beautiful landscape.  If you are out simply for the pleasure of the drive, take turns being driver and then passenger, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

The Apache Trail

The Superstitions boasts undoubtedly some of the most gorgeous scenery in the Phoenix area, and spending a day navigating it’s terrain sounds like a fun day off to us.  Head east on the 60 to Apache Junction, and from there head north and continue on a curvy road towards Tortilla Flat, where you can grab a drink in the saloon or western wear in the country store.  If you wish to continue on, be prepared - the road is not paved throughout the whole trail, which can make for a bumpy ride - but the views will be worth it.  Taking a step back in time is but an afternoon’s drive away!

Sahuaro National Park

It doesn’t get much more Arizona than thousands upon thousands of Saguaros lined up to greet you!  If you are visiting Tucson, driving through this park is a must-do (and make sure to stop for a hike along the way!)  There are two distinct drives in this park - Saguaro Park East is an 8-mile loop, while Saguaro Park West has numerous options to choose from.

87 North to Payson

A nice Sunday afternoon road trip can take you up the 87 North (aka the Beeline Highway) to Payson.  The drive up is a beautiful one, and once there, make your way to Tonto Natural Bridge State Park for a little outdoor exploring.  Don’t forget to take some tunes along for the drive!