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 & Southern OR Forests
4 legs - 370.9 miles: 7 hours, 41 min
This route delivers magnificent Shasta Cascade region mountain vistas, historic ...
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 nowhere else in the world. Delighting your senses are mint-infused eucalyptus groves, the sounds of waves and the resplendent beauty of Wine Country’s rolling hills. Here the oenophile (and everyone else) can sip on fine wines and enjoy everything else the region has to offer.
4 legs - 378.5 miles: 7 hours, 23 min
The granddaddy of SoCal desert resorts, Palm Springs has been attracting road-tr...
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...
San Francisco to Yosemite National Park
4 legs - 587.6 miles: 13 hours, 23 min
Modern-day visitors embarking on a road trip through Yosemite National Park and ...
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 journey through the Golden State. From the outskirts of metro Los Angeles to one-horse desert towns, you'll alternate between vintage two-lane sections of the Mother Road and modern highways I-15 and I-40. Now that you're hip, get set to take that California trip.
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 a...
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 geologic wonders of Death Valley National Park lie within a day's drive of L.A. And this road trip loop offers the chance to see them all—from the lofty peaks of the Panamint Range to the lowest spot in North America (Badwater Basin). In summer, brace for blistering heat.
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 hea...
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 views at 9,945-foot Tioga Pass are dizzying. The summer display of wildflowers at Tuolumne Meadows, surrounded by lofty peaks, is spectacular. Tenaya Lake's clear blue waters are another postcard-perfect sight. Weather depending, the road is usually open late May-early November.
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 For...
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 heads into the heart of the Borrego Badlands, with the rugged Santa Rosa Mountains providing an impressive backdrop. If you have a 4WD vehicle, take the sandy, rutted turnoff road that leads to Font's Point; the vast vista of ridges, hills and arroyos is breathtaking, especially at sunset.
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 t...
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, with several scenic outlooks just past Incline Village. Alpine skiers flock here in winter, while boaters ply the clear waters in summer. The drive winds past Diamond Peak ski resort, reaching its highest elevation at 8,900-foot Mount Rose, then meanders down through high-desert terrain.
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-PA...
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 Highway (CR N3) ascends the weathered slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, characterized by streams tucked away in steep canyons and rocky hills cloaked in chaparral. Picnic areas and trailheads line the highway, which crosses the Pacific Crest Trail at Mill Creek Summit, the route’s highest point.
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 Dri...
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 behind for more bucolic views. You’ll see rolling hills—tawny gold in the summer, exuberantly green following the winter rainy season—punctuated by broad, flat valleys. It’s a peaceful contrast to the heavily industrialized, densely populated eastern side of the peninsula.
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 Mo...
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 winds through dense forest, passing the Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias. Emerging from a tunnel miles later, the byway dramatically reveals a spectacular view of Yosemite Valley with Bridalveil Fall close at hand and the granite hulks of El Capitan and Half Dome in the distance.
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-mil...
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...