Many roads wind up and through the Sierra Nevada, a number of them very scenic (though not all have been officially so designated). Weave around Lake Tahoe, follow the Feather River or surge up and over high wind-swept passes as you explore some of the region's loveliest byways. Lakes are often close to the road (good for a range of water-based activities) no matter what part of the mountains you explore, and national forests are everywhere throughout (think hiking, mountain biking, camping and more), from the Sierra National Forest to the Stanislaus National Forest with frothing rivers, ski slopes and national parks for filler.
Be sure to check weather conditions before starting out, and keep your gas tank full - storms can move in quickly even late spring, and gas stations are surprisingly far apart through certain stretches.
Byways to consider in the Sierra Nevada are listed below.
Sierra Nevada Scenic Drives
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26 scenic drive Results
- Paved and maintained gravel
- 2 hours
- 34 miles (54 km)
- Los Angeles - Pasadena Area
- 3 hours
- 55 miles (88 km)
- 3 hours to drive the entire byway, longer if you plan on stopping along the way.
- 93 miles (149 km)
- 2 hours to drive the byway, more if you make stops along the way.
- 31 miles (49 km)
- One hour to drive or 2 days to visit the Byway.
- 37.85 miles (60 km)
- Allow 1-2 hours to drive the byway, depending on weather.
- 39 miles (62 km)
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