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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: There may be fees at special attractions along or
Length, One-Way: 26.4 Miles (44.0 Kilometers)
Time: Driving time varies.

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Natural, cultural and historic scenery are packed into this award-winning route
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Natural, cultural and historic scenery are packed into this award-winning route
Description - MacArthur Freeway, located within the city of Oakland, is a beautifully landscaped freeway giving the motorist a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay with the San Francisco peninsula and its cities lying beyond. Between the freeway and the bay can be seen many fine examples of the architecture prevalent around the turn of the century. Route 580 from Interstate 5 to State Route 205, the scenic highway traverses the edge of the Coast Range to the west and the Central Valley to the east.

Attractions - MacArthur Freeway provides not only spectacular natural, cultural and historic scenery, but also provides immediate access to many fine area attractions including the Oakland Zoo, The Joseph McInness Memorial Botanical Gardens, Rotary Natural Science Center, and the Lakeside Park Trial and Show Gardens. Route 580 offers superb scenery of both the Coast Range and Central Valley.

Recreation - The Route 580--MacArthur Freeway is known for it's historical, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months. The best seasons to visit are spring and fall but with the generally mild climate, outdoor activities are available year-round in Southern California.

Location - MacArthur Freeway in Alameda County runs from San Leandro city limit to State Route 24 in Oakland.

Route 580 in San Joaquin runs from Interstate 5 to the Alameda County line.

Route 580 in Alameda County runs from the San Joaquin County line to State Route 205.

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Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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