Three Must Try Scenic Drives

We have Three Must Try Scenic Drives in PhoenixSocial distancing has definitely changed our country as a society. We are trying hard to stay away from other people and not congregate in large groups. Even after we begin to acclimate to our old ways, some of us will have a hard time adjusting to large crowds of people. One thing you can do during this time is to take a scenic drive around town. Gas prices are starting to dip a little, so now is the perfect time to gas up and go. Just take some hand sanitizer along (especially when you fill up at the pump). Here are some scenic drives to experience throughout Phoenix. 

The Apache Trail

A legendary trail, this route was once considered the most treacherous stretch of highway in the country. Why? Because the turns are tight and narrow that lead to magnificent canyons, cliff dwellings, jutted rock formations, sparkling blue lakes and desert flora. The desert landscape encourages you to keep to that 15 mph speed limit as you breathe in all the land and beauty you can. 

The drive is 40 miles and links Apache Junction to Globe while circling through Tonto National Forest. Give yourself an entire day to enjoy this journey. Start at the intersection of Arizona State Route 88 and Idaho Road in Apache Junction. You will breeze by Lost Dutchman State Park, Canyon Lake and eventually hit Theodore Roosevelt Dam in Tortilla Flat – population 6! Your trip ends in Globe.

Along the way, be prepared to enjoy scenic pullouts and attractions along the way. There’s Goldfield Ghost Town to wander through, State Parks to capture many photo ops and lakes galore. The tiny town of Tortilla Flat was once a stagecoach stop, but now boasts an Old West theme restaurant and bar with a gift shop filled with quirky Arizona souvenirs. Globe has cliff dwellings to explore as a former copper and silver boom town where historical buildings still remain. Keep in mind, some of the roads are unpaved.

Dobbins Lookout

An easy scenic drive that keeps you in the heart of Phoenix is the Dobbins Lookout drive. Head to Central Avenue and go south towards South Mountain. If you have never journeyed to the end of Central Avenue, you might be in for quite the surprise.

After taking in the sights of the city, get ready for more awe and enjoyment. Central Avenue ends at South Mountain Park. This is a 16,000 acre recreational paradise that is free to the public. Central Avenue then becomes Summit Road, which will lead you to your destination point – Dobbins Lookout.

It is a 15-minute drive from the base of South Mountain to the lookout point. You will wind through curves and hidden bends. Each turn you make is another chance to capture the stunning city views. At the summit, you can put your car in park and explore on foot.

At the top, you will be 2,330 feet high with breathtaking views. Enjoy a panoramic scene of the city of Phoenix. A sunrise or sunset view will make this trip worth every winding curve. 

Wrigley Mansion

Yes, Wrigley like the gum and the Cubs stadium. This scenic drive will lead you from Arizona State Route 51 through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve and end at the famous Wrigley Mansion.

This famous Arizona landmark sits atop a knoll and peers over the famous Arizona Biltmore resort. Built in 1932 by the chewing gum mogul, William Wrigley Jr., the mansion exudes both Spanish Colonial and Mediterranean style architecture throughout.

The mansion does charge a membership and a tour fee. However, if you want a freebie, it costs nothing to drive through the gates and right up the mansion’s front door. It is the perfect opportunity for snapping photos of this great Phoenix landmark. 

Final Thoughts

The outbreak of Covid-19 has kept many of us cooped up and afraid to go near others. The good news is that these three must try scenic drives around Phoenix can still keep you away from crowds of people. With gas prices continuing to drop, it is a good time to go for a cruise. It is the perfect time to enjoy the scenery around the valley and see some famous areas of the city.