Description - This State Scenic Highway runs along a spit of sand between the Pacific Ocean and San Diego Bay, between the Imperial Beach and Coronado. It is anchored by the graceful Coronado Bridge, which has won several national awards for aesthetics.
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
This State Route runs along the world famous sand bar known as the Silver Strand
- From Imperial Beach city limit to Avenida Del Sol in the city of Coronado and Coronado Bridge, this scenic route runs along the world famous Silver Strand. To the west are occasional glimpses of the Pacific Ocean and to the east across the bay is the skyline of the city of San Diego. At the north end of the route is the famous old Hotel Coronado, once a famous resort for the wealthy.
The $48 million San Diego-Coronado Bay Toll Bridge, opened in 1969, is considered one of the most aesthetically beautiful spans in the world. The giant bright blue arc of concrete and steel more than 2.2 miles long embodies refreshing new concepts in bridge design. The span was painted a brilliant blue to blend with sky and sea.
A specially designed three-foot high railing on the nonsuspension span permits a 360-degree panoramic view of the area without sacrificing safety.
As travelers reach the bridge's highest point, 246 feet above the bay, they command a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean and Coronado, a resort and Naval community formerly accessible only by ferry or by auto trip around the bay and up the Silver Strand Highway.
Points of interest along the route include:
Cabrillo National Monument - a site memorializing the accomplishments of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his expedition of 1542. The park offers one of the best views of the San Diego Harbor.
Chula Vista Nature Center - a living museum open to the public and is part of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Tours and nature walks are just a part of the activities to be found here.
Sea World - This famous theme park is one of the biggest attractions in San Diego.
Silver Strand State Beach - One of the most popular beaches in California, Silver Strand State Beach offers a wide variety of recreation from camping and fishing to water-skiing and surfing.
Recreation - The Route 75--San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Silver Strand Highway is known for it's 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.
The highway begins in San Diego at the junction of Interstate 5 and State Route 75. Follow Route 75 across the Coronado Bridge and after, as it curves to the south. The scenic highway ends just before Imperial Beach, but Route 75 curves to meet again with Interstate 5.
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