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Pacific Southwest Road Trips
Drive Trips of the Pacific Southwest
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Vegas to National Parks to Vegas
6 legs - 857.4 miles: 16 hours, 0 min
Any road trip through the Desert Southwest is full of unique twists and turns, r...
Northern CA & Southern OR Coast
4 legs - 380.1 miles: 8 hours, 3 min
The trip begins in California’s Central Valley, meanders through high elev...
3 legs - 307.4 miles: 6 hours, 52 min
Laid-back beach towns. Coastal bluffs. The Anza-Borrego desert badlands. The qua...
Northern CA Wine Country
4 legs - 312.0 miles: 8 hours, 44 min
This twisting, turning route is full of sights, sounds, smells and tastes found ...
4 legs - 378.5 miles: 7 hours, 23 min
The granddaddy of SoCal desert resorts, Palm Springs has been attracting road-tripping, sunshine-seeking Los Angelenos since the 1920s. And the city's enticing, modern-day combo of swank hotels, tony shopping, fine dining and golf courses galore means it's as popular as ever. On this adventure you'll also behold the stark beauty of Joshua Tree National Park.
Route 66 - Western Arizona
3 legs - 244.7 miles: 5 hours, 37 min
One of the quintessential Route 66 states, Arizona boasts the longest stretch of...
4 legs - 761.8 miles: 14 hours, 19 min
One of California's most celebrated scenic drives, this adventure circles the sp...
Route 66 - Eastern California
3 legs - 262.3 miles: 5 hours, 7 min
The beautifully stark Mojave Desert serves as backdrop for most of this Route 66...
17-Mile Scenic Drive
1 leg - 16.1 miles: 0 hours, 51 min
The route can be driven in half an hour, but take time to stop at signed points ...
Rim of the World Scenic Drive
1 leg - 46.9 miles: 1 hours, 19 min
From SR 210, four-lane SR 18 (Waterman Avenue) heads north before angling east as a two-lane road. Heed the posted speed limit on this winding route, and stop at pull-outs along the way to marvel at sweeping vistas of the San Bernardino Valley below. Stretch your legs at pretty Big Bear Lake, where plenty of hiking trails offer water views with a backdrop of mountains.
San Francisco to Lake Tahoe to Reno
3 legs - 486.3 miles: 9 hours, 14 min
Crossing California is always an adventure, and especially so when you depart th...
Smith River Scenic Byway
1 leg - 36.0 miles: 0 hours, 45 min
US 199 branches off US 101 several miles north of Crescent City and immediately ...
Los Angeles to Death Valley
4 legs - 573.8 miles: 10 hours, 20 min
Wind-swept sand dunes. Otherworldly badlands. Serpentine stone canyons. The geol...
Sir Francis Drake Scenic Boulevard
1 leg - 19.8 miles: 0 hours, 41 min
Sir Francis Drake Boulevard enters Point Reyes National Seashore north of Olema....
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
1 leg - 137.1 miles: 2 hours, 47 min
From Mt. Shasta, SR 89 steadily gains elevation through pine woodlands as it heads toward Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park features volcanic wonders like Bumpass Hell's boiling mudpots and steam-emitting fumaroles.
Lincoln Highway Scenic Drive
1 leg - 22.8 miles: 0 hours, 32 min
Lincoln Highway Scenic Drive (US 50)—which climbs into the mountains west ...
Santa Cruz Mountains Scenic Drive
1 leg - 34.1 miles: 1 hours, 4 min
Head west on SR 9 from Saratoga, on San Jose's southwestern edge. The road is wi...
Tioga Pass Scenic Highway
1 leg - 92.2 miles: 2 hours, 11 min
From Lee Vining, SR 120 climbs some 3,000 feet within 12 miles; the panoramic vi...
Kings Canyon Scenic Byway
1 leg - 36.3 miles: 1 hours, 0 min
Winding along granite cliffs that follow the course of the Kings River, the bywa...
Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
1 leg - 36.7 miles: 0 hours, 45 min
Palms to Pines Scenic Byway twists and winds through San Bernardino National Forest, offering beautiful views of the surrounding mountains in the distance. It switches between two and four lanes. Sandy desert views give way to rocky mountainsides and lusher forests.
Lake Tahoe Eastshore Drive National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 16.8 miles: 0 hours, 29 min
A few miles along SR 28, east of the aptly-named Crystal Bay, Lake Tahoe State P...
Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway
1 leg - 132.8 miles: 2 hours, 15 min
The Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway ascends dramatically as the highway negotiates t...
Borrego Salton Scenic Seaway
1 leg - 16.4 miles: 18 hours, 0 min
CR S22, the Borrego Salton Seaway, branches west off SR 86 at Salton City and he...
Feather River Scenic Byway
1 leg - 60.1 miles: 1 hours, 11 min
Eight miles north of Oroville, SR 70 begins its journey through Feather River Ca...
Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive
1 leg - 13.7 miles: 0 hours, 30 min
Begin your journey amid low-lying desert sagebrush before ascending 4,000 feet through increasingly tall conifers to sub-alpine aspen forest. The forest here is home to the bristlecone pine, the world’s longest-living tree. An overlook offers a view of Wheeler Peak, the highest in Nevada. The Wheeler Peak Glacier is visible at the bottom of the rock face.
Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 0 miles: 0 hours, 0 min
Beyond Angels Camp, SR 4 begins climbing into the Sierra Nevada mountains. Calav...
Reese River Valley Scenic Drive
1 leg - 87.0 miles: 1 hours, 20 min
Two-lane Reese River Valley Scenic Drive lies in a remote area of central Nevada...
Mount Rose National Scenic Byway
1 leg - 23.7 miles: 0 hours, 31 min
Travelers relish striking vistas of glittering Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada,...
Big Smoky Valley Scenic Drive
1 leg - 99.9 miles: 1 hours, 25 min
The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest dominates the byway with 6,343,735 acres of...
Carson Pass Scenic Highway
1 leg - 55.1 miles: 1 hours, 6 min
Trailheads, overlooks, campgrounds, lakeside resorts and California State SNO-PARKS line the Carson Pass Scenic Highway, providing countless opportunities for recreation and sightseeing in the beautiful Sierra Nevada. The route follows the shorelines of lovely Silver and Caples lakes before reaching its highest point at Carson Pass, site of a small information station.
Amargosa Desert Scenic Route 374
1 leg - 16.6 miles: 0 hours, 25 min
Amargosa Desert Scenic Route 374 is dominated by just what you’d expect: m...
Amargosa Range Scenic Highway
1 leg - 61.1 miles: 1 hours, 6 min
SR 190, the Amargosa Range Scenic Highway, follows the Amargosa mountain range t...
Angeles Forest Scenic Highway
1 leg - 24.6 miles: 0 hours, 33 min
From the information center at Clear Creek on SR 2, Angeles Forest Scenic Highwa...
Avenue of the Giants Scenic Highway
1 leg - 60.5 miles: 1 hours, 25 min
Part of the Avenue of the Giants Scenic Highway (SR 254) cuts through the edge o...
Carson Valley Scenic Drive
1 leg - 14.1 miles: 0 hours, 19 min
The Sierra Nevada mountains dominate the horizon on the Carson Valley Scenic Drive (SR 206), which also features fenced-in ranches and sprawling, expansive open land. In the charming town of Genoa—Nevada’s first permanent settlement—two historic attractions stand feet from the byway: Courthouse Museum Genoa and Mormon Station State Historic Park directly across the street.
Cascade Wonderland Scenic Highway
1 leg - 173.8 miles: 3 hours, 5 min
I-5 traverses an outdoor recreational paradise. At Castle Crags State Park a ser...
Donner Summit Scenic Freeway
1 leg - 69.3 miles: 1 hours, 7 min
From the Sierra Nevada foothills I-80 ascends to 7,239-foot Donner Pass. At this...
Junipero Serra Scenic Freeway
1 leg - 30.1 miles: 0 hours, 25 min
Once past the San Francisco city limits, I-280 quickly leaves big-city bustle be...
Lake Sabrina Scenic Road
1 leg - 18.9 miles: 0 hours, 24 min
Although the trip from Bishop to Lake Sabrina enters Inyo National Forest, you w...
Mulholland Scenic Highway
1 leg - 32.4 miles: 1 hours, 0 min
Built in the 1920s, Mulholland Scenic Drive meanders through the Santa Monica Mountains, passing state parks, trails to overlooks, historic ranches and Hollywood movie sets on its way to Pacific beaches. Sage scrub and chaparral with occasional stands of live oak line the route, which at times curves back and forth so much, one section has been famously dubbed “The Snake.”
Sunset Cliffs Scenic Boulevard
1 leg - 1.4 miles: 0 hours, 5 min
Ocean Beach is the quintessential laid-back beach town, with a stretch of sand p...
Trinity Scenic Byway
1 leg - 130.8 miles: 2 hours, 33 min
From Shasta SR 299 follows the northern shore of Whiskeytown Lake, climbs Buckho...
Wawona Scenic Road
1 leg - 52.5 miles: 1 hours, 43 min
Entering Yosemite National Park from the south, two-lane Wawona Scenic Road wind...
North Las Vegas Boulevard
1 leg - 3.1 miles: 0 hours, 15 min
While it may be tempting to head straight for the dazzling neon lights of the La...
Las Vegas Strip
4 legs - 9.8 miles: 0 hours, 59 min
The dazzling sights of the Las Vegas Strip are best enjoyed at night. This 4-mile stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard encompasses everything from modern luxury resorts to quirky, old-fashioned themed casinos. Amid the lights, shopping, dining and entertainment options abound.
Route 66 - Western California
3 legs - 63.0 miles: 3 hours, 27 min
Route 66 enthusiasts won’t want to miss this trip across southern Californ...