|Saguaro (background) and prickly pear (foreground) cactus in Saguaro National Park|
Last week, after my huge breakfast at Omar's Hi-Way Chef (read my full review with pictures), I wanted to take a walk to work off some of the carbs. I checked in the the book I received from my daughter for my birthday, National Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways, which maps out the drive to the Saguaro National Park.
It's surprising how quickly you leave the city of Tucson and start climbing up the hills and into the mountains. In no time at all, you've left the city and are driving the twisting roads towards the cactus.
The first stop at a new park for me is always the visitor center, where I picked up a map and spoke with a ranger who suggested which walks and hikes would be good for me. It costs ten dollars for a car to take the scenic drive through the national park.
The scenic drive takes you past several hikes. All the ones I took were less than a mile each.
|Tall saguaro cactus at Saguaro National Park|
|CAUTION! African bees|
|View down into the valley from Saguaro National Park|
|Petroglyphs at Saguaro National Park|
|Schnitzel on the dirt road at Saguaro National Park|
Altogether, the drive and hikes took somewhere between two and three hours. It felt like exactly the right amount of driving and hiking: not too strenuous, but long enough to get me ready for a late lunch at El Guero Canelo (read my full review with pictures of El Guero Canelo).
I found this scenic drive in a gift from my daughter for my birthday. She gave me a copy of the book National Geographic's Guide to Scenic Highways and Byways which has excellent maps and descriptions. You can read more about along with the reviews of here --
I enjoyed the drive so much, the next day I took the scenic drive up to Mt. Lemmon (on the other side of Tucson).
And I put this drive on my Best of 2014 list.
Maps and directions to Saguaro National Park
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