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Monterey, California - Scenic Drives

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The Pacific Coast Highway keeps car-based sight-seers close to the wild shore, but Monterey has shorter, more specific scenic drives also worth consideration whether you're in the market for a colorful patchwork quilt of rolling fields (try Route 156) or looking for a change of pace along Route 68, which follows a stretch of the Salinas River.

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  • 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
  • 4 miles (6 km)

Route 156—Monterey County Scenic Byway travels through what has been called "the salad bowl of the U.S." for the abundance of orchards, farm fields and vineyards in this fertile region. Route 156—Monterey County Scenic Byway begins 1 mile east of Castroville, 57 miles south of San Jose. The drive fo...

  • 20 minutes
  • 14 miles (22 km)

This State Scenic Highway takes the traveler from the beautiful Salinas River to the spectacular California coast near Monterey. Those journeying on the road will view parts of verdant Carmel Valley further inland, as well as the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching out as far to the west a...

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