Since Santa Cruz is set on a particularly pretty stretch of coast, just about any drive you take in the area could be considered scenic. Mix views of the Pacific up with a cruise along Route 68, which runs alongside the Salinas River or a detour along Route 156, which penetrates the tawny fields of Central Coast farm country.
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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.