Driving tours of California


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North

  • Redwood Empire: San Francisco - Bodega Bay - Jenner (Russian River delta) - Fort Ross - Gualala (fishing village) - Mendocino - Fort Bragg (lumber town) - Garberville - Lost Coast - Avenue of the Giants (Hwy 254) - Ferndale (Victorian village) - Eureka (Carson Mansion)
  • Wine Country: San Francisco - Petaluma (old Victorian homes) - Sonoma (Mexican adobes) - Santa Rosa (Railroad Square, Russian River) - Calistoga (spa, geyser) - Napa (wineries) - Vallejo (Six Flags Marine World)
  • Northeast: Anderson - Lassen (geyser) - Redding - Shasta Lake - Mt Shasta - Lava Beds - Pit River Falls - Anderson

    Bay Area

  • San Francisco - Sausalito - ferry to Angel Island - Tiburon - Sausalito - Hawk Hill - Rodeo Beach - Sausalito - Mt Tamalpais - Muir Woods - Stinson Beach - Bolinas- Pt Reyes - Petaluma - San Francisco
  • Coast: San Jose - Santa Cruz (wharf) - Monterey - Carmel - Big Sur - San Simeon (Hearst Castle) - Cambria - San Luis Obispo (MIssion) - Solvang - Santa Barbara

    Sierra (East)

  • Gold Country: Sacramento (old town) - Folsom (village, lake) - Auburn - Nevada City - Grass Valley - Coloma - Placerville - Angels Camp (caverns) - Murphys - Sacramento. In Coloma: Marshall Gold Discovery Park (Park description, Park description, Park description, Ph: 530 622-3470, Map)
  • Lake Tahoe - Virginia City - Lake Tahoe
  • Sierra: Bodie - Mono Lake - Yosemite - Fresno - General's Highway (King's Canyon) - Bakersfield - Red Rock - Lone Pine (Mt Whitney, Alabama Hills) - Eureka San Dunes - Mammoth Lakes - Mono Lake

    South

  • Hwy 395 from Lake Tahoe to Death Valley
  • Los Angeles - Idyllwild - Palm Springs - Calico - Rim of the World - San Gorgonio - Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles - Death Valley - Las Vegas
  • Coast: Malibu - Venice Beach - Manhattan Beach - Balboa - La Jolla - San Diego
  • Best scenic drives in California

    1. Pacific Coast (Big Sur to San Luis Obispo)
    2. Avenue of the Giants (Garberville to Weott, off 101)
    3. 17-mile drive (Monterey to Carmel)
    4. Mulholland Drive (Hollywood Bowl to Santa Monica)
    5. Sunset Blvd (Hwy 405 to Beverly Hills)
    6. Palos Verdes Dr
    7. Bodega Bay - Mendocino (Hwy 1)
    8. Skyline (Hwy 35 from Big Basin to San Francisco)
    9. Trinity River Byway (Hwy 299 from Redding to Arcata)
    10. Malibu-Santa Monica (Hwy 1)
    11. Hwy 166 (Guadalupe to I-5)
    12. Angels Camp Loop (Hwy 49, Hwy4, Murphys Grade)
    13. Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway (Hwy 168)
    14. Kings Canyon Scenic Byway (Hwy 180, from Grant Grove to Cedar Grove)
    15. Carlsbad to Escondido (Hwy 78)