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Scenic drives to consider in California are listed below. Click on any scenic byway or backway listed below for complete information.

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  • 2 hours
  • 34 miles (54 km)
  • Paved and maintained gravel

The Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway winds past ancient Bristlecone Pine as it ranges from 11,000 feet above sea level across an alpine desert.The Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway begins on the outskirts of Bishop and follows HWY 168 southwest from Camp Sabrina to Brockman Lane at Paiute Shoshone In...

  • 3 hours
  • 55 miles (88 km)
  • Paved

The Angeles Crest Scenic Byway is often considered the most scenic drive in southern California. Rising from 1,500 to 7,900 feet, the scenery changes as quickly as the altitude, from urban Los Angeles to the scenic San Gabriel Mountains.The Angeles Crest Scenic Byway runs 55 miles across California ...

  • Twenty minutes to drive or one hour to see the entire Byway.
  • 9.45 miles (15 km)
  • Paved

Connect Los Angeles and Pasadena on the Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway. Conceived in the parkway tradition, with its gentle curves, lush landscaping and scenic vistas, this drive incorporates the best of modern art and architecture with the area's classic natural beauty and charm.The Arroyo Seco Histo...

  • 9 miles

These hills are named for their multi-colored volcanic and sedimentary rock. This short drive is gorgeous.

  • 2 hours
  • 89 miles (143 km)
  • Paved

It's no too hard to see why the Bigfoot Scenic Byway is a place to get away from it all, having cruised its length. In addition to elusive "Bigfoot", the area is home to deep woods, rivers, and small towns that share elbow space with deer, elk, falcons, and eagles.The Bigfoot Scenic Byway starts in ...

Following the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad, the trail winds 25.4 miles from Susanville to Mason Station. For the first dozen miles, the trail follows the Susan River. As it winds through the rugged Susan River Canyon, the trail crosses the river 12 times on bri...

  • Varies according to weather and vehicle.
  • 65 miles (104 km)

Between 1862 and 1877, the 65-mile Bradshaw Trail was used to haul miners and other passengers to the gold fields at La Paz. The trail traverses mostly public land between the Chuckwalla Mountains and the Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range. The trail offers spectacular views of the Chuckwalla B...

  • 30 minutes
  • 3 miles

Driving this short road through exceptionally tall old-growth redwood forest is quite the experience. This forest is within Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

  • About 1.5 hours
  • 58 miles (93 km)
  • Paved

The Carson Pass Scenic Highway is a dramatic escape into the high reaches and climes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that runs from peaks and valleys to lakes and forest. The Carson Pass Scenic Highway starts at Dew Drop on Highway 88, 55 miles north from Sacramento. Follow Highway 88 east to Woodfor...

  • Allow 1-2 hours to drive the byway, depending on weather.
  • 39 miles (62 km)

Chimney Peak Back Country Byway is a rugged route that traverses some of California's best desert landscapes. Passing along over 50,000 acres of designated wilderness, this road-less-traveled offers a close glimpse of untrammeled territory as the Sierra Nevada range gives way to the Mojave Desert e...

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