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San Diego, California - Scenic Drives

Byways, Backways, Historic Routes,...

The most famous scenic drive near San Diego is the city's own 59-mile route, which tours all the area's famous neighborhoods and attractions. It's a great half-day introduction to the scenery and history of San Diego. Another great drive is Route 75, which from Coronado along the narrow spit of sand which connects it to the mainland, known as the Silver Strand, and is a unique drive with ocean on both sides.

Ranging farther afield, Interstate 5 heads north towards Los Angeles along a scenic route hugging the coastline, and a short ways east is the Sunrise National Scenic Byway, a mountain drive with stunning views of the Anza-Borrego desert thousands of feet below.

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  • 1-2 hours
  • 49 miles

Travel a portion of California Highway 94 and watch the scenery change from tawny hills to Imperial Valley's dry desert.

  • At least two days for a quick trip, but many days or even weeks could be spent exploring the length of this byway.

Stretching from sunny "So Cal" to the shady forests of the north, this coastal highway winds along one of the prettiest stretches of shore to be found anywhere in the U.S. Though the road is more than 600 miles long and in summer, sometimes congested, it doesn't take a world traveler to see why this...

  • Paved
  • 10 minutes
  • 2 miles (3 km)

Route 125-Lemon Grove Scenic Byway is a short drive that also ranks as one of San Diego's most scenic.Route 125-Lemon Grove Scenic Byway begins near Lemon Grove at the junction of HWY 54 and 125. Follow HWY 125 to the north for the 2 miles of the scenic highway.Some of the best surfing in California...

  • Paved
  • 10 minutes
  • 1 mile (1 km)

Route 163—Cabrillo Freeway travels through the most culturally enriching area of San Diego—Balboa Park. To be found along the drive are fifteen museums, the San Diego Zoo, world-renowned rose gardens, diverse restaurants, art centers, and cultural associations. Balboa Park is an experience that will...

  • 20 minutes
  • 9 miles (14 km)

This State Scenic Highway runs along a spit of sand between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, between the Imperial Beach and Coronado. It is anchored by the graceful Coronado Bridge, which has won several national awards for aesthetics.

  • Paved
  • 1 hour
  • 24 miles (38 km)

Sunrise Scenic Byway travels through the Cleveland National Forest and showcases the Laguna Recreation Area. Known for its stunning mountain meadows and wide panoramas, this drive is blanketed with natural beauty and wonder.Sunrise Scenic Byway begins from the intersection of I-8 and County Road S-1...

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