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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: There may be fees at special attractions along or
Length, One-Way: 9 Miles (15.0 Kilometers)
Time: Driving time varies

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Route 24 passes attractive residential and commercial areas with 3,849 foot-high Mount Diablo as the focus
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Route 24 passes attractive residential and commercial areas with 3,849 foot-high Mount Diablo as the focus
Description - This State Scenic Highway passes attractive residential and commercial areas with 3,849-foot- high Mt. Diablo as the focus.

Attractions - Located in the East Bay of San Francisco, Route 24 travels from east portal of the Caldecott tunnel to State Route 680 near Walnut Creek. Mount Diablo is the central focus of this 9-mile scenic highway.

Two recreation destinations await the traveler.

Mt. Diablo is surrounded by Mount Diablo State Park. On a clear day from the summit of Mt. Diablo visitors can see over 40,000 square miles in at least 35 of California's 58 counties. But a spectacular view is not the only thing Mount Diablo State Park has to offer. There is an extensive trail system, vivid mountain wildflowers, fascinating wildlife and distinctive rock formations.

Surrounded by an urban environment, Lafayette Reservoir Recreation Area offers a refuge for the traveler. Located immediately south of Route 24, there are opportunities for picnicking, walking, hiking, boating, and fishing. The lake contains populations of rainbow trout, catfish, largemouth bass, and bluegill.

Recreation - The Route 24--Alameda County is known for it's historical and scenic attractions.

Climate - During spring and fall the sun shines most of the time. Summer fogs can be thick and cool, while fall brings "Indian summer" and temperatures in the high 80s. Most of the precipitation comes in the winter in the form of rain, turning the golden hillsides green.

Location - The byway proper: From the east portal of the Caldecott Tunnel, past Orinda and Lafayette, to Junction SR 680. SR 680, taken north, leads past Concord; SR 680 south goes past Danville and on toward San Jose. Route 24 goes only in a westerly direction toward Oakland and Berkeley at the intersection with Interstate 580.

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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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