Apache Junction to Wickenburg

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Apache Junction Elevation (feet)

Wickenburg Elevation (feet)

This section of historic US Route 89 traverses the heart of the major metropolitan area of the Southwest. It was decommissioned as a Federal Highway in 1992. To follow the original route, drive west on Main Street through Mesa to Apache Boulevard in Tempe and around the curve at Arizona State University onto Mill Avenue. Cross the Mill Avenue Bridge and continue on Van Buren Street in Phoenix to its intersection with Grand Avenue. At Grand Avenue you return to US Route 60 and proceed northwest to Wickenburg.

Special Attractions

Mesa Arts

Mesa Arts

Arizona

Located on Main Street, historic US Route 89, in downtown Mesa, the Mesa Arts Center is a unique and architecturally stunning facility for the performing and visual arts. With four theaters, five art galleries and fourteen art studios, visitors can enjoy a wide variety of live entertainment, art exhibits and art classes. Then walk along Main Street to view many public art installations.

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

Arizona

On the east side of Phoenix in Papago Park, the Desert Botanical Garden is located on the Galvin Parkway north of East Van Buren Street, the historic route of US 89. The Garden’s five unique trails will help you explore and enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert. The garden is home to one of the world’s most spectacular living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat.

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Arizona

Phoenix Art Museum is the largest art museum in the Southwest. Top exhibitions are shown alongside the museum’s collection of more than 18,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, photography and fashion design.

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

Arizona

Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard Museum is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art. Partnerships with American Indian artists and tribal communities provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art and cultures of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

View photo galleries of special attractions along Historic Highway 89 between Apache Junction and Wickenburg…

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Towns, Cities and Reservations

Apache Junction
Mesa
Tempe
Phoenix
Glendale
Peoria
Sun City
Surprise
Wittmann
Circle City
Morristown
Wickenburg

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Public Lands and Historic Places

Tempe Town Lake
South Mountain Park
Arizona State Capital
White Tank Mountains Regional Park
Hassayampa River Preserve

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Landmarks

Salt River
South Mountains
Phoenix Mountains
White Tank Mountains
Aqua Fria River
Hassayampa River
Vulture Mountains

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