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Designation: California State Scenic Highway
Fees: There may be fees at special attractions on or nea
Length, One-Way: 32 Miles (53.33 Kilometers)
Time: 40 minutes @ 50 mph

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Route 154--San Marcos Pass Road is a curving two-lane highway that passes through scenic environments
Copyright: - California Scenic Highway Program
Route 154--San Marcos Pass Road is a curving two-lane highway that passes through scenic environments
Description - This State Scenic Highway begins about 35 miles inland and gracefully works its way to the beautiful California, Santa Barbara coastline. Travelers journey through part of Los Padres National Forest, past Lake Cachuma, and through colorful historic towns. The sun shines year round and warm temperatures make this area a delight to visit.

Attractions - All of Route 154 is locally known as the San Marcos Pass Highway. It begins at the Route 101 intersection near Los Olivos and after crossing the Santa Ynez Mountains swings back to rejoin Route 101 in the City of Santa Barbara.

It is a gently curving two-lane highway that passes through four separate scenic environments. The first is only three miles long and features the gentle slopes, twisting canyons, grasslands and live oak trees typical of much of the State's cattle ranching areas.

The second segment, seven miles in length, passes through small farms and orchards that border the Santa Ynez River in its valley setting.

Views of foothills, mountains and Lake Cachuma dominate the 14-miles third section.

The final eight miles of highway are downhill and from them travelers are afforded views of the Pacific Ocean, coastal communities and the Channel Islands.

Recreation - The Route 154--San Marcos Pass Road 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 - Route 154 is located north of Santa Barbara, in the Central Coast Region. It extends from State Route 101 near Los Olives to State Route 101 in Santa Barbara.

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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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