Southern California August 19, 2017
The 10 Best Backroads In Southern California For A Long Scenic Drive
When you need a dose of Southern California’s natural beauty, there’s nothing better than heading out on the open road and taking a long scenic drive on some of SoCal’s most picturesque back roads for a break from the city. Here are some of the prettiest drives in SoCal that you’ll want to see for yourself.
1. Angeles Crest Highway
Angeles Crest Hwy is a scenic rural mountain route along California State Route 2 that stretches approximately 66 miles long. It will take you through the San Gabriel Mountains and the Angeles National Forest for a magnificent and relaxing drive you won't soon forget. Expect lots of twists and turns for a long section of this route as it climbs up into the mountains.
2. Pacific Coast Highway
One of the most famous scenic drives in all of California, this beauty stretches along Highway 1 for 655 miles connecting Northern California and Southern California. You'll be treated to stunning ocean views right outside your car window on this must-see SoCal drive that should be at the top of everyone's bucket list.
3. Palm to Pines Scenic Byway
Palm to Pines Scenic Byway will take you on a scenic drive from Riverside County to Orange County starting in Palm Desert and ending in San Juan Capistrano.
4. Live Oak Canyon Road
Live Oak Canyon Road in South Redlands is the kind of drive that makes you want to roll down your windows and breathe in that fresh country air. You'll pass by old farm houses and rolling hills for a perfect Sunday drive.
5. Mulholland Drive
Nothing's more classic than taking a ride along Mulholland Drive to see soaring views of Los Angeles and experience the scenic overlook that provides a magnificent outlook of the landscape.
6. Sunrise Highway to Mt. Laguna
Located in San Diego County, this 34-mile country highway will take you toward the summit of Mt. Laguna on a relaxing drive that will make you long for more time out in the country.
7. Ortega Highway
The stretch of Highway 74, also known as the Ortega Highway, is the perfect route to experience the lush beauty of SoCal between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano.
8. Palos Verdes Drive
The 10-mile section of Palos Verdes Drive between Torrence and San Pedro is the best way to experience epic ocean views along this magnificent road that will remind you why you can't get enough of SoCal's breathtaking scenery.
9. Highway 76 to Palomar Mountain
You can experience a slice of peace and quiet along Hwy 76 heading toward Palomar Mountain. You'll be treated to a peaceful drive out in the country where you'll be surrounded by towering trees and picturesque farmland and nothing but fresh air.
10. Camp Bonita Road
Nestled in the San Gabriel Mountains you can take a leisurely drive on Camp Bonita Road in Shoemaker Canyon where you'll be surrounded by trees, mountains, and rolling hills.
Have you had a chance to take a drive on any of these scenic routes? Let us know in the comments which ones are your favorite.