34.1 miles: 1 hours, 4 minutes
In the greater San Francisco Bay Area, Santa Cruz Mountains Scenic Drive probably wins the award for the road less traveled. Most people take the major highways—US 101 and I-280—to get to points south. SR 1 is the scenic, leisurely coastal route. But if you’re up for adventure, explore this two-lane road that meanders through the Santa Cruz Mountains to the beachside city of the same name.