San Francisco May 09, 2017
The 11 Best Backroads Around San Francisco For A Scenic Drive
When you live in California you’re surrounded by stunning scenery. If you want to get a real picture of the wondrous and natural beauty of this area then take a drive or road trip. Here are backroads around the San Francisco Bay area and beyond that will delight you. Buckle up and hit the road!
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1. Route 1 Scenic Byway (North or South)
The obvious answer for any road trip or California excursion. Route 1 is a north-south state highway that runs along most of the Pacific coastline of the U.S. state of California. This road has a little bit of everything, so driving in either direction on 1 is totally wonderful.
2. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Point Reyes.
Investigate Sir Francis Drake Boulevard toward Drakes Estero on the south side of Point Reyes and Drakes Bay. This is a beautiful area full of stunning landscapes.
3. Conzelman Road through Marin Headlands.
The best scenic backroad to take is Conzelman Road where you'll go through the Marin Headlands, with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
4. Lucas Valley Road, Marin
Take the Lucas Valley Road exit and drive toward to Nicasio Valley Road. If you're really curious then keep driving to Point Reyes Station Road to Highway 1.
5. Tomales Petaluma Road, Petaluma
A great way to start this journey is at Chileno Valley road in Petaluma. Once you've reach Tomales Petaluma Road you'll be happy. If you continue, Tomales Petaluma Road turns into Highway 1.
6. Highway 160 in the Sacramento River Delta
Take 160 and drive through the delta to Sacramento, along the river. You'll pass through cultural artifacts like the like Rio Vista and Locke. This is an overlooked and hidden gem.
7. 17 Mile Drive in Pacific Grove
This is an incredible route for many reasons. The 17-Mile Drive has ocean views, top-rated golf courses along the way and its famous Lone Cypress. Stop by Carmel and explore too!
8. Skyline Boulevard and 92 toward Half Moon Bay
This is a two-lane road that goes along the ridge of the Santa Cruz Mountains from Highway 17 in Santa Clara County to San Francisco at State Route 1. It is one of the few places on the southern portion of the San Francisco Peninsula from which the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean are both visible at the same time.
9. Mines Road, Livermore
This is a winding, narrow road, but the views are dazzling. Catch a glimpse of vineyards and appreciate the landscape in this part of the Golden State.
10. Woodside Road, Pescadero
Highway 84 connects Woodside to Pescadero. Check out this area and drive any number of points of interest along the way. Admire the Redwood trees, pass by La Honda and stop by Pesacdero.
11. Mount Diablo North and South Gate road.
You'll enjoy stunning views of the highest point in the San Francisco Bay area, i.e.Mount Diablo. You're guaranteed to have scenic and splendid views on this drive.
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