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
More Info Feather River Scenic Byway
- Three hours
- 130 miles (209 km)
More Info Jacinto Reyes Scenic Byway (Route 33)
- 1 hour
- 36.5 miles (58 km)
More Info Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
- At least one hour
- 50 miles (80 km)
More Info Lake Tahoe - Eastshore Drive
- One hour to drive or a few hours to enjoy the Byway.
- 28 miles (45 km)
More Info Lassen Scenic Byway
- 5 hours
- 185 miles (297 km)
More Info Lee Vining Canyon Scenic Byway
- Allow at least 30 minutes.
- 12 miles (19 km)
More Info Main Park Road - Lassen Volcanic NP
- 1 hour
- 29 miles
More Info Mount Rose Highway
- 30-45 minutes
- 19.45 miles (31 km)
More Info Pacific Coast Highway - California's Route 1
- At least two days for a quick trip, but many days or even weeks could be spent exploring the length of this byway.
More Info Route 395--Inyo County
- 10 minutes
- 9 miles (14 km)
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