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Scenic Drives for Northern and Southern California

Northern California Destinations
Southern California Destinations

Northern California Drives

The quintessential California drive seems to hug the Pacific coast – top down, winding along the highway, watching for lighthouses, secluded beaches and fishing villages.  Try our Scenic Drives for the Pacific Coast Highway, Redwood Highway, Santa Cruz – Central Coast, or Monterey – Big Sur.

If San Francisco is your destination, try our 27 Mile Drive, covering all the prime sites without the wear and tear of the 49 Mile Drive found in most guidebooks.  Or, escape across the Golden Gate Bridge for the Napa – Sonoma Wine Country Drive.

Prefer to really get away?  Try one of the drives like Shasta Lake – Trinity National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park Region or Yosemite – Mono Lake.  

History buffs and wine connoisseurs will especially enjoy the Historic Gold Country Drive along the foothills of the Sierras – explore a section or do the whole drive.

Southern California Drives

The cities of Los Angeles and San Diego are so rich in places to go and things to do we created three drives in each city – do one, two or all three.  

Santa Barbara’s idyllic setting on the coast has been combined with charming inland towns and wineries for a really memorable Scenic Trip.

Discover the inland delights with a trip to see the giants in Sequoia National Park or the strangely shaped joshua trees near Palm Springs.  If you are ready for an "only in California experience," take the Death Valley Scenic Drive.

Cruising the California coast with the top down, exploring the Sierra foothills or driving through the desert at night to see the stars...pick a scenic drive, print the map and off you go! These 18 selected drives are flexible to allow you to set the pace – all include side trips to nearby locales if you have extra time or interest.
Motorcyclists will enjoy the information on back roads trips provided by http://www.madmaps.com


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