The US state of California includes magical views and unforgettable places that are ideal for road trips. We have made a guide of five best road trips considered to make your time with loved ones most memorable. These places are known for their beautiful scenic views, including rolling hills, waterfalls and pounding surf.
Who knows, this guide might convince you to take a trip to any of the mentioned locations over the weekend.
Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park
The largest reservoir in California starts from Redding to I-5 Shasta Lake. This National Park is known for activities of water sports and hotbed for fishing and appraised as the best secret spot.
Don’t forget to experience Mount Shasta, which is 14162-foot drive past Shasta Lake. Other breathtaking views and experience include Castle Crags State Park’s spires, and Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway located 500-mile from South of Highway 59. If you’re looking for steaming geysers and bubbling mud pots, then you can also visit Lassen Volcanic National Park close to Burney Falls Memorial State Park.
The ideal seasons are summer and spring to visit the 188 miles long location with your family and friends.
Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail
The Silverado Trail with a length of 29 miles, is located parallel to the State Highway 29 and was constructed to connect the Napa and Calistoga towns. The trail in the Golden State is known for providing access to the best wineries. Start from the north of Napa town, and you can stop at Reynolds Family Winery, Mumm Napa is known for serving bubbly rich drinks, and Clos du Val near Stags Leaps District.
If you want to spend the night nearby, then there are some appealing local hotels nearby such as Solage Calistoga, Meadowood Napa Valley and Auberge du Soleil.
And the best thing about this location is that you can have access to it all year long.
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
If you’re into drives filled with dirt roads, then Sierra Vista Scenic Byway is an ideal forest road to fulfil your wish. The 90 miles route starts from Forest Road 81 close to North Fork, located at a distance of 45 miles from northeast of Fresno. The way also includes some of the primary and foremost granite domes, peaks, conifer forests and Jesse Ross Cabin constructed in the 1860s. One of the oldest sequoia trees named ‘Bull Buck Tree’, which is 2700 year old, is also located nearby. And if you’re a pie lover like us, then don’t forget to try the pie slice at Jones General Store.
The supreme seasons to visit this location are from June to October.
Highway 101 from Malibu to Lompoc
If you’re looking for a wine country with inclusion of beach, then Highway 101 is considered to give you the primary road trip vibe. You can start from Malibu, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Santa Monica Mountains, and then pass through Ventura, Oxnard and Santa Barbara. Then comes the Channel Islands National Park on the west which is known for some breathtaking water views, and is famous for local beaches like El Capitan, Gaviota, and Refugio. The beauty doesn’t end here, as the summer flower fields add extra charm to the trip. The Lompoc Wine Ghetto is also a popular tasting room led by major boutique producers found near rolling ranchlands.
You can plan your road trip at any time of the year as this place is 120 miles highway is ideal for all the seasons.
Beach-to-Desert Drive from San Diego
The route starts from State Road 56 east to Highway 67, which will give you the most unforgettable views of beaches including Del Mar or La Jolla. If you turn to Highway 78, towards Julian and into the Cuyamaca Mountains which is known for its apple crops, the place will provide you with the chance to taste lots of pies at Julian Café and Bakery. Then comes Anza-Borrego Desert State Park of 60,000 acres which provides a beautiful view of wildflowers around February and March. There are local hotels as well such as La Casa del Zorro if you plan on staying for stargazing at the International Dark Sky Community.
The ideal seasons start from Late Winter to Spring if you plan a road trip.