California is home to a nightmare of traffic, especially during the peak hours of the day. However, that does not mean one cannot enjoy a good drive in this Golden State. California houses the most beautiful roads not only in the United States but in the whole world. Highways are filled with endless scenic views of the California Coast, and the long roads lead to tall peak views and incredible pastures.

Travelers on their way from Las Vegas to California are able to drive through Death Valley. The state of California invites every visitor and local to take their car for a joyride on their most beautiful, scenic, and desolate roads This allows them to relax and let go of all tension while enjoying their ride. There is nothing that compares to the great state of riding on these roads.


Below is a list of some of the best routes to take if ever in the state of California.

A Classic View: Pacific Coast Highway

In California, the most famous road is often said to be the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) Also called ‘State Route 1’ or ‘California 1’, this highway goes for 656 miles from Dana Point to Legget, easily making it the longest road in California. It is well known for its scenic views and the length which stretches north-south along the coast of California. The PCH has appeared in so many movies and is easily identifiable anytime the viewer sees it. It has made many influences on various Hollywood movies, and taking a ride on this road guarantees the traveler some of the most spectacular destinations in the state.

Along the route the traveler will be able to see:

  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hearst Castle
  • Golden Gate Bridge
  • Big Sur
  • Malibu
  • Venice Beach
  • Santa Barbara
  • Bixby Bridge
  • Muir Woods

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Best Of The Sierras: Tioga Pass (State Route 120)

When compared to the Pacific Coast Highway, the Tioga Pass has an entirely different kind of vibe. It elevates to above 3,000 meters at its peak level – that’s where Tioga Pass is actually located – and intercepts the Sierra Nevada along its route. Being the Eastern entry point for Yosemite National Park in California. Although the Tioga Pass Route is closed in winter due to the heavy snowfall which tends to block the pathway, it is great for rides during warmer weather seasons. During these seasons, the traveler experiences excellent greenery, peaks of lakes, and lots more. This route is a 74 miles drive from Lee Vining to Yosemite Valley

Along the route, the traveler will be able to see

  • Tuolumne Meadows
  • Tenaya Lake
  • Tioga Pass
  • Olmsted Point
  • Eastern entry to Yosemite National Park

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Mountain Views For Miles: Highway 395

Highway 395 is a 557-mile drive from Victorville to the Nevada Border near Lake Tahoe. This route is a desert drive, unlike the other two routes. Taking a ride on Highway 395 is truly for the adventurous at heart. This route opens up to world-class landscapes, which the traveler will rarely see anywhere else. Ghost towns and beautiful lakes, including the Topaz Lake, are all directly along the road on this Highway Drive. The traveler will even get to see Mt. Whitney, the tallest United States continental mountain right on this road. Maybe Highway 395 does not come with the coastal views such as those of the Pacific Coast Highway, but with all the attractive scenes along this route, it is worth the time, effort, and drive.

Along the route, the traveler will be able to see

  • Mt Whitney
  • Alabama Hills
  • Manzanar Internment Camp
  • Fossil Falls
  • Topaz Lake
  • Golden Trout Wilderness

An Iconic Americana Road Trip: Route 66

Route 66 is known by almost everybody There is no new information about this state of art historic road. It has been featured in endless documentaries, songs, movies, and any other entertainment there is out there. An unpopular fact about this route is that it ends on the Santa Monica Pier which is right at the foot of Los Angeles in the core of Southern California. To see the many attractions of historic spots on this road, the traveler has to drive along the “Main Street of America” and see as many historical spots as possible. Be careful, because this road drives out to Chicago, Illinois, which is about 2,500 miles from the beginning of this route. Route 66 is actually that long, although it only covers 315 miles in the state of California when traveling from Needles to Santa Monica.

Along the route, the traveler will be able to see:

  • Santa Monica Pier
  • Amboy
  • Bottletree Ranch

A Historic Drive: El Camino Real

In the entire state of California, El Camino Real is one of the most unique roads because of its significant history in the state. It stretches 600 miles from San Diego to Sonoma. This is the route the traveler wants to take if they wish to visit all of the 21 famous Spanish missions in California. Traveling from the Jesuits to the Franciscans to the Carmelites, these are all right along the road. It is not a drive for the traveler who is not interested in learning about the history of this state. For the keen, this ride will feel short because of all the sightseeing that is along the way.

Along the route the traveler will be able to see:

  • Mission Santa Barbara
  • Mission San Diego
  • Mission San Francisco

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