US Route89
US Route 89

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Imagine a road that crosses America, north and south, border to border. The scenery on this road includes glacier-topped mountains, geysers periodically spewing boiling water and steam hundreds of feet in the air, a staircase of cliffs of red and pink and white rocks stretching as far as the eye can see, a mile deep canyon that is ten miles wide and two hundred miles long and a green desert of broad valleys ringed by jagged mountains.

Imagine as you travel this road that you visit sites illustrating the history of human occupation for the last 2,000 years. Touch the remains of prehistoric Native American dwellings. Walk through the mission churches and presidios of Spanish explorers. Follow the paths of mountain men and miners who sought their fortunes in the wilderness. Stop and rest in a town square laid out by Mormon pioneers. Sleep in a bunkhouse and ride the range on a cattle ranch. Experience history through all your senses in the places where it happened.

Imagine all of the outdoor adventures you ever wanted to have.  Climb to the top of a 10,000 foot high mountain. Camp next to a mirror-smooth lake. Climb aboard a house boat and explore hidden alcoves and grottoes. Ride a raft as it descends through raging white water rapids. Sleep under the blazing stars of the desert sky.

Finally, imagine choosing from accommodations as diverse as a bed and breakfast in a quiet town off the beaten path or a resort spa with world-class golf and fine dining or the hustle and bustle of a large city with a wide choice of cultural and recreational events for your entertainment.

That’s US Route 89.


US Route 89 Highlights



  • Sightseeing & Recreation: 7 National Parks, 13 National Monuments, 1 National Recreation Area, 14 National Forests, 22 National Wilderness Areas, 20 State Parks & Historic Sites.
  • Connects Mexico and Canada through 5 states: Arizona, Utah, a corner of Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
  • Passes through three major metropolitan areas—Tucson, Phoenix and Salt Lake City—as well as numerous smaller cities and towns.
  • Traverses all of the geographic provences of the interior West from the Basin & Range to the Colorado Plateau, across the Rocky Mountains and into the Great Plains.
  • Presents numerous opportunities to learn about the history of the West from the culture of native peoples to Spanish exploration, the Westward expansion of the United States, Mormon settlement and the growth of modern cities.