If you enjoy nature and the great scenery offered by the Sonoran Desert, then the following suggestions for scenic drives in the Scottsdale and Phoenix areas are for you. These are just a few drives you might want to explore for yourself or with your family!
Apache Trail National Scenic Byway
East of Phoenix
If you want a scenic 40+ mile drive, covering mountainous terrain, then be sure to make this a destination not to miss. Starts at Apache Junction east of Phoenix and runs to Roosevelt Dam.
Auga Caliente Scenic Drive
Near Arlington, AZ
This maintained dirt drive takes your through Sonoran Desert areas that were formed by the Yellow Medicine Hills and the Gila Bend Mountains. You can enjoy the spectacular desert scenery and natural beauty on this nearly 40 mile drive.
Desert Foothills Scenic Drive
North of Downtown Scottsdale
If you are looking for a scenic yet informative drive, then this one is for you! It’s marked with signs describing the plants and natural beauty of the area. Begins at intersection of Scottsdale R. and Happy Valley Rd., north of downtown Scottsdale
Paradise Valley Scenic Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ
If you want to see where the rich live, then you might want to check out this scenic drive. You may start your tour off on 24th Street and go through Camelback Road, Lincoln Drive and Scottsdale Road. Be sure to take notice of the spectacular houses.
For more scenic drives in the Phoenix area, visit www.go-arizona.com/Phoenix/Scenic-Drives/
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