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Pinal Pioneer Parkway

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A scenic highway great for viewing wildflowers in the spring.

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Beautiful alternative route between Phoenix and Tucson

Instead of driving on boring I-10, take this former main route (Rt. 179) through the tranquil desert. It goes near Casa Grande Ruins NP, worth a visit. Stop at the touching Tom... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 17 February 2016
Yorktown, VA
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Oracle, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Traveling south from Florence, you will gradually see the terrain change from dry low desert to high scrubland. Beautiful vistas of the desert and sky-islands in the distance. Interesting cacti such as saguaro, organ pipe and cholla. Memorial at the spot on the road where actor Tom Mix died in a car accident in 1940. East end entrance to Park... More 

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Yorktown, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

Instead of driving on boring I-10, take this former main route (Rt. 179) through the tranquil desert. It goes near Casa Grande Ruins NP, worth a visit. Stop at the touching Tom Mix memorial, with a nice picnic area adjacent. It goes through the small old town of Florence as well. The lack of billboards and much civilization is refreshing.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Taking this road since the '50s before I-10 was completed. Now I do an annual bike ride to Tucson on this road. Much more lush landscape than I-10 and places to stop along route like the Tom Mix memorial, the amazing Greek Orthodox compound south of Florence, and Florence an amazing historical town along with the jails.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2013

The landscape of wild desert plants on a 17-mile stretch of Arizona Highway 79 is out of this world. If you’re a devotee of desert gardens, this stretch of highway known at the Pinal Pioneer Parkway is not to be missed. I stopped often to view the cholla, barrel cacti, prickly pears and saquaros that grow wild in nature’s garden... More 

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