Scenic Driving California  by Stewart M. Green

Scenic Driving California Guide Book

by Stewart M. Green (Falcon Guides)
Scenic Driving California  by Stewart M. Green
Pack up the car and enjoy twenty-four drives through the breathtaking mountains, spectacular valleys, rugged coastlines, and dry desert plains of the Golden State. This indispensable highway companion maps out short trips for exploring California’s best scenic byways and back roads. Discover the state’s multicultural history, geographic diversity, and awe-inspiring scenery, from the Smith River Canyon and the Big Sur Coast to Yosemite National Forest and the Anza-Borrego Desert. Along the way stop and go rafting on the Klamath River, enjoy wine tasting in Napa Valley, explore the caves in the Lava Beds National Monument, and do some stargazing at the Mount Wilson Observatory. Inside you’ll find: individual itineraries from 33 to 209 miles in length; in-depth descriptions of attractions along the way, including historic gold rush towns, picturesque resorts, and national parks; maps outlining each route; and historical information and suggested side trips.

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Trails from the "Scenic Driving California" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 24.

A sixty-six-mile-long highway that climbs from La Canada to the lofty, forested crest of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles. The Angeles Crest Highway is simply breathtaking. It’s one of s ...
La Canada, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 66
A ninety-two-mile drive that runs through Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, passing remote canyons, eroded badlands, and sharp desert peaks. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a place of superlatives. Ca ...
Borrego Springs, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 92
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A 122-mile-long highway that twists down the scenic central California coastline from Carmelto Morro Bay. This scenic drive follows California Highway 1 and twists along the spectacular Big Sur Coast ...
Carmel, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 122
A seventy-five-mile highway that climbs over 8,573-foot Carson Pass in the central Sierra Nevada. The Carson Pass drive ascends the gentle western slope of the Sierra Nevada from Jackson, crosses 8,57 ...
Jackson, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 75
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This eighty-one-mile drive loops over the Warner Mountains via Cedar and Fandango passes in northeastern California, passing ranch lands, rugged mountain scenery, a dried alkali lake bed, and Goose La ...
Cedarville, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 81
A sixty-five-mile drive that crosses wide basins studded with creosote bushes and rough granite mountains in Joshua Tree National Park in south-central California. The Joshua Tree National Park scenic ...
Joshua Tree, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 65
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California 96 twists for 147 miles through the deep gorges of the Klamath and Trinity rivers in the remote Klamath Ranges of northwestern California. The Klamath River, running from southern Oregon’s ...
Happy Camp, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 147
A forty-two-mile, two-lane paved highway that traverses the scenic west shore of Lake Tahoe and follows the Truckee River Canyon. This drive follows California Highway 89 from South Lake Tahoe to Truc ...
Tahoe City, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 42
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A thirty-five-mile paved highway that twists around 10,457-foot Lassen Peak, passing numerous geothermal features and evidence of recent volcanism in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Lassen Peak dominat ...
Susanville, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 35
A forty-mile-long drive that makes an open loop through Lava Beds National Monument, passing cinder cones, vast lava flows, lava tube caves, the site of the Modoc Indian War, and the wetlands of Tule ...
Tulelake, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 40
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A forty-nine-mile drive that parallels the United States and Mexico border between El Cajon near San Diego and Boulevard. The drive runs over rolling chaparral-covered mountains and broad valleys. Thi ...
Boulevard, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 49
This fifty-nine-mile-long scenic drive, following two desert back roads, traverses a spectacular slice of the 1.5-million-acre East Mojave National Scenic Area past granite mountains, sand dunes, broa ...
Barstow, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 59
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A sixty-six-mile-long, two-lane highway that climbs from Banning over the scenic San Jacinto Mountains and down into Palm Desert in the Coachella Valley. The Palms to Pines Highway, following Californ ...
Idyllwild, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 66
This seventy-eight-mile section of U.S. Highway 101 parallels the rugged Pacific coast, passing redwood groves and a rugged wave-carved shoreline of beaches, cliffs, and sea stacks. The Redwood Empire ...
Trinidad, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 78
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An eighty-seven-mile-long, open-loop drive that climbs from San Bernardino to the forested crest of the San Bernardino Mountains, winds along the mountain rim to the resort town of Big Bear Lake, and ...
Big Bear Lake, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 87
A 110-mile-long drive that begins on the western edge of the San Joaquin Valley, follows long grassy valleys formed by the San Andreas Rift Zone and traverses the edge of the Gabilan Range to Holliste ...
Coalinga, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 110
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These two drives form a 160-mile open loop drive that begins in Minkler on the eastern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, climbs into the western Sierra, visits the spectacular gorge at Kings Canyon Nati ...
Pinehurst, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 160
This thirty-three-mile scenic drive traverses the spectacular Smith River Canyon as it winds eastward from Crescent City on the Pacific coast to the Oregon border. There’s magic in rivers. Sit beside ...
Gasquet, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 33
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This 209-mile-long drive borders the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. The highway passes historic sites, redwood forests, abrupt headlands, sandy beaches, windswept coves, and numerous recreation ...
Gualala, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 209
A 132-mile-long drive that makes an open loop through the pastoral wine country of the Sonoma and Napa valleys. This scenic drive makes an open loop between Santa Rosa and Hopland. The drive, followin ...
Yountville, CA - Scenic Drives - Trail Length: 132
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