The 10 Best Backroads In Northern California For A Long Scenic Drive

We’ve all heard it a million times. It’s about the journey, not the destination. It may be a cliche, but there is seriously nothing better than taking the best scenic drives in Northern California with the windows rolled down and the wind in your hair.

Here are our 10 favorite backroads that we can’t get enough of in Northern California. Enjoy the drive!

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What did you think of this list of some of the best scenic drives in Northern California? Would you add any roads or byways to this list if you could? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

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Address: US-395, Coleville, CA, USA
Address: CA-3, Yreka, CA, USA
Address: US-199, Gasquet, CA, USA
Address: CA-36, Mineral, CA, USA
Address: CA-89, Mineral, CA, USA
Address: CA-49, Diamond Springs, CA, USA
Address: CA-299, Bella Vista, CA, USA
Address: CA-70, Chilcoot-Vinton, CA, USA
Address: Ebbetts Pass, California, USA
Address: Cascade, CA 96007, USA
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Best Scenic Drives In Northern California

March 29, 2020

What are the best roadside attractions in Northern California?

When you’re driving through NorCal, you just might spot a few things that strike you as odd. After all, the region encompasses the state’s uppermost 48 counties! Along the way, you’ll find all sorts of incredible natural features and landscapes in the area that will knock your socks off. You’ll also spot some oddities that will make you do a double take. The weirdest roadside attractions in Northern California include a giant olive, a giant Coca-Cola cup, and a huge yoyo. Everything’s bigger in Texas? Try California.

Are there any other scenic backroads to drive along in Northern California?

Scenic backroads in Norther California are just part of daily life, quite frankly. Though this region of the state houses more than 15 million residents, there’s all sorts of beauty and open scenery spanning the area. Whether you are exploring a scenic byway or taking a drive to a local landmark like a farm, you are in for a treat. Just remember sunglasses – The Golden State can be truly brilliant.

Are there other similar things to do in Northern California when you have a free afternoon?

The very best things to do in Northern California are, much like this road trip, free… for the most part! You’ll just need a bit of gas and a desire to spend some time getting to know our magnificent landscape. One of the best ways to spend a day is hiking in a park. We have many! Yosemite National Park is arguably our most famous, although you might also enjoy visits to Lassen Volcanic National Park, Death Valley National Park, or even quaint local parks in our cozy suburbs. There is so much to love about this pretty state, and a day spent hiking is an incredible way to take in its magnificence. Just keep on your toes… we have some interesting animals that are both terrifying and surprising to encounter in person.

Address: US-395, Coleville, CA, USA
Address: CA-3, Yreka, CA, USA
Address: US-199, Gasquet, CA, USA
Address: CA-36, Mineral, CA, USA
Address: CA-89, Mineral, CA, USA
Address: CA-49, Diamond Springs, CA, USA
Address: CA-299, Bella Vista, CA, USA
Address: CA-70, Chilcoot-Vinton, CA, USA
Address: Ebbetts Pass, California, USA
Address: Cascade, CA 96007, USA