*You’ll have to skip the lunches but this is still one of the best motorcycle rides ever. If you prefer, hop in the car and pack a lunch. It’s that beautiful time of year in Arizona!
Arizona offers so much beauty and nature to soak in I could go on and on. Here there are a few different routes to take, do a couple or just one. Save the others for another beautiful Arizona Day.
From Phoenix, take US 60 east toward Mesa, then Globe, where you’ll feel as though the end of town hits. Its the freedom of the highway ends. Visit all the antique stores once you are in town for a unique trip to days of the past.
Globe to the White Mountains
Because the weather gets cooler, be sure to be prepared. The temps fall fast as the switchback road starts to twist through Salt River Canyon.
Pinetop and Show Low offers outdoor entertainment and tons of local history. But there is plenty to see in the area so stay awhile.
Flagstaff to Sedona
The scenery is breathtaking along this ride along AZ Highway 89A – color hues of red and brown rock, with the painted deserts. Be sure to look for Slide Rock State Park’s natural waterslides. I remember going there when I was a kid, way before it was a State Park. Drive slow as it can get busy on the weekends, so take it easy and soak in the glory of the sights.
Back to Flagstaff
Be sure to stop for pictures! Once back in town, be sure to stop and enjoy lunch.
Wickenburg to Jerome
Wickenburg to Prescott
Start out in Wickenburg, which gives you a peek into their Western history. Head north along AZ Highway 89 through Prescott National Forest to Prescott itself, where you should stop at its famous Whiskey Row in downtown. If there is time, check out the Sharlot Hall Museum. All the things you won’t want to miss.
Prescott to Jerome
Continue east on AZ Highway 89A to legendary Jerome, known as the “Largest Ghost Town in America.” Learn about the disastrous fires of the 1890s, part of the strange history that helped shape this little town. The views from there are picture-perfect. Take a moment to browse the shops which include handmade pottery and collectibles. For the best Bloody Mary in town, stop in the Milehigh Grill.
Back to Wickenburg
The slowest route back but the most beautiful is back through the switchbacks, elevation changes and stunning views along AZ Highway 89A.
Let’s go south!
More of Arizona’s Western Scene – a ride through Tucson
Tucson to Old Tucson Studios
From Tucson, head west to arrive back in the Old West at the movie-making landmark, Old Tucson Studios.
The Ride out along Gates Pass Road will take you across the hills and there it is, the native wildlife. And once you are there the reenactments of the old west will entertain you with the gunfights and scenes of times past.
Mount Lemmon to Saguaro National Park.
Have lunch and get back on the road for a trip north into the Santa Catalina Mountains. Its a big climb, up 6,000-plus feet in elevation along the Catalina Highway to the top of Mt. Lemmon, home of the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter and Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley. Be sure to save time to go down the mountain to Saguaro National Park. Be sure to ride the Cactus Forest Drive for its beautiful scenery.
Whichever route you choose, make it memorable. Take photos, meet other bikers and enjoy the ride.