Get Outta Town: Phoenix

Make a pilgrimmage to the home of strawberry pie (yes, really) along insanely scenic I-17.
Get Outta Town Phoenix is your insider’s guide to the back roads that reveal this area’s charms. Go to to order this and many other titles!

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: Although we generally keep you off the interstate, Interstate 17 is so beautiful that we were compelled include it. Strawberry, a small town on State Route 260/State Route 87, is famous for its pie made with that favorite of berries. Save room for handmade ice cream later on just down the road in Pine.


3. Iron Springs Café, 1501 Iron Springs Rd., Prescott, Arizona, tel: (928) 443-8848, "Local favorite for Southwest and Cajun cuisine"
5. Creekside Steakhouse, 1520 Christopher Creek Loop, Christopher Creek, Arizona, tel: (928) 478-4389, "Their tavern is a popular biker hangout"
6. Big Earl's Greasy Eats, 6135 E. Cave Creek Rd., Cave Creek , Arizona, tel: (480) 575-7889, "The ultimate greasy spoon"
7. Four Peaks Brewing Company, 1340 E. Eighth St., Tempe, Arizona, tel: (480) 303-9967, "Enjoy a Scottish Ale on the patio"
8. Monastery and Mesa, 4810 E. McKellips Rd., Mesa, Arizona, tel: (480) 474-4477, "They supply the food and grills, but you cook"
9. Joe's Real BBQ, 301 N. Gilbert Rd., Gilbert, Arizona, tel: (480) 503-3805, "Slow-cooked meats and homemade root beer"
10. Tortilla Flat, 1 Main St. (SR-88) , Tortilla Flat, Arizona, tel: (480) 984-1776, "Stop here for the prickly pear ice cream"

Great Outdoors
4. Tonto Natural Bridge State Park, NF-583 (off SR-87), Payson, Arizona, tel: (928) 476-4202, "Take a steep hike down to the canyon"
6. South Mountain Park , 10919 S. Central Ave. , Phoenix, Arizona, tel: (602) 495-0222, "Horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking"
7. Salt River Tubing, 1320 N. Bush Hwy., Mesa, Arizona, tel: (480) 984-3305, "Take a summer day to float away"
8. Saguaro Lake Marina, 14011 N. .Bush Hwy, Mesa, Arizona, tel: (480) 986-5546, "Catch some Bluegill or crappie"

Roadside Attractions
2. Arcosanti-An Experimental Town, I-17 (Exit 262), Arcosanti, Arizona, tel: (928) 632-7135, "Experimental urbandesert eco-living community"
7. Cosanti Originals, 6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Scottsdale, Arizona, tel: (480) 948-6145, "Studio of Italian architectsculptor Paolo Soleri"
8. Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting, 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, Arizona, tel: (602) 275-3473, "Hot stuff: acres of firefighting history"
9. Mystery Castle, 800 E. Mineral Rd., Phoenix, Arizona, tel: (602) 268-1581, "An eccentric's gift to his daughter"

SUGGESTED STOP: It’s getting hot in here! See 130 shiny red fire trucks from the horse-drawn d—an experimental town of 5,000 denizens dedicated to improving urban conditions that will lessen our destructive impact on the planet.

Total mileage: 234 miles

  1. Start | N. Black Canyon Hwy. (access road) @ McDowell Rd., Phoenix, AZ
  2. North | N. Black Canyon Hwy. (access road)(1.2 miles)
  3. Left on ramp | I-17
North Black Canyon Hwy. (north)(84.6 miles)
  • Right off ramp | Exit #287 / SR-260(0.4 miles)
  • Right | SR-260 / Finley Flats Rd. SR-260 / General Cook Tr.(33.9 miles)
  • Right | SR-260 / SR-87 / Rim Rd. SR-87 / Beeline Hwy.(98.4 miles)
  • Right | McDowell Rd.(15.4 miles)
  • Finish | McDowell Rd. @ N. Black Canyon Hwy. (access road), Phoenix, AZ

  • Published: 11 Sep 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

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