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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: There may be fees at special attractions on or nea
Length, One-Way: 14 Miles (23.33 Kilometers)
Time: 17 minutes @ 50 mph

General Information

Description - This State Scenic Highway takes the traveler from the beautiful Salinas River to the spectacular California coast near Monterey. Those journeying on the road will view parts of verdant Carmel Valley further inland, as well as the wide expanse of the Pacific Ocean stretching out as far to the west as the eye can see, all the while enjoying the beautiful oak, sycamore and pine trees sheltering the road.

Attractions - Leaving Monterey, the gently curving two-lane highway passes through a corridor of oak and pine trees and on into a sunny plateau with an unobstructed view of lined vistas, the route then rises abruptly to elevations of over 700 feet.

Departing this portion, a motorist is afforded a distant view of the Salina Valley and the Gabilan mountain range. The last five miles of the drive offers a magnificent stand of sycamores - Sycamore Flats - plus another change of scene created by the bottom lands of El Toro Creek.

Recreation - The Route 68--Monterey County is known for it's cultural, historical, natural, recreational and scenic attractions.

Climate - During spring and fall the sun shines 80 percent 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 - Located in the Central Coast Region, Route 68--Monterey County extends from State Route 1 in Monterey to the Salinas River.

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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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