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Bay Area Scenic Drives

Great scenic drives for Bay Area travelers
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 95.4 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  The Bay Area is heaven for road-trippers. These routes from obvious to obscure show why so many people come to California and so few... more »

Tips:  What to bring:
Maps
Camera
Binoculars
Windbreaker

Caveats: These routes are all twisting and undulating: find out if your passengers... more »

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Points of Interest

1. California Highway 1

You can't miss Highway 1: It's usually the last road before you run out continent.

Your go-to sections are south of San Francisco between Pacifica and Santa Cruz and north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Getting south is pretty easy: find Interstate 280 and take the Pacifica exit south. Getting north will require navigating some San ... More

2. 17 Mile Scenic Drive

A natural (though quite long) extension of the Highway 1 southern drive is to continue south another 45 miles to Monterey to check out 17 Mile Drive, a toll route through a ritzy coastal neighborhood that hosts the celebrated Pebble Beach golf course.

The rocky coast seen by millions of golf fans is amazing in person. Birds loft above the water... More

3. Silicon Valley to Pacific Coast loop

A great escape from Silicon Valley is to head up into the Santa Cruz Mountains in a relaxing loop from the redwoods to the ocean and back. Give yourself at least three hours, as you'll rarely be able to drive over 30 mph on these twisting mountain roads.

On the map, look for State Highway 84 running west of I-280. One basic route takes Highway ... More

4. Calaveras Road to Sunol

This is a much more modest escape to the hills of the Diablo Range east and north of San Jose. It shouldn't take more than an hour and a half.

Excellent vistas unfold just a few miles from the nearest highway. Just take I-680 to the Calaveras Road exit (make sure you turn east toward the hills and not west toward Milpitas). Follow Calaveras... More