The 27-Mile Road Trip Around Arizona’s Sky Islands Scenic Byway Is A Glorious Spring Adventure

Arizona has no shortage of scenic drives, but Catalina Highway just might be the most awe-inspiring of all. This 27-mile route gains over 6,000 feet of elevation, featuring landscape changes as dramatic as those seen on a road trip from Mexico to Canada. There are tons of scenic overlooks and brief hikes along the way, so buckle up and get ready for a quick ride or all-day adventure — your choice!

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Have you ever driven down Catalina Highway? If so, what’s your favorite piece of scenery? Let us know, and check out our previous article for more scenic drives in the Grand Canyon State: The 8 Best Backroads In Arizona For A Long Scenic Drive.

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