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Bradshaw Trail
Death Valley Scenic Byway
Feather River Scenic Byway
Highway 1 - San Luis Obispo North Coast
Lassen Scenic Byway
Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway
Ramona Expressway
Route 1 - Pacific Coast Highway - California
Route 1, Big Sur Coast Highway
Route 101--Redwood Highway
Route 116--Sonoma County
Route 125--Lemon Grove
Route 12--Valley of the Moon Highway
Route 140--Mariposa County
Route 151--Shasta Dam Boulevard
Route 152--Pacheco Pass Road
Route 154--San Marcos Pass Road
Route 156--Monterey County
Route 160--River Road
Route 163--Cabrillo Freeway
Route 168--Part of the Ancient Bristlecone Scenic Byway
Route 20--Part of Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway
Route 243--Part of the Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Route 24--Alameda County
Route 280--Father Junipero Serra Freeway
Route 2--Part of the Angeles Crest Scenic Byway
Route 33--Jacinto Reyes Scenic Byway
Route 35--Skyline Boulevard
Route 38--Part of the Rim of the World Scenic Byway
Route 395--Inyo County
Route 395--Mono County
Route 49--Part of Yuba-Donner Scenic Byway
Route 4--Ebbetts Pass Road
Route 50--El Dorado County
Route 580--MacArthur Freeway
Route 62--29 Palms Highway
Route 680--Alameda County
Route 680--Contra Costa County
Route 68--Monterey County
Route 74--Part of Palms to Pines Scenic Byway
Route 75--San Diego-Coronado Bridge and Silver Strand Highway
Route 78--Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Road
Route 88--Carson Pass Highway
Route 89--Monitor Pass & Luther Pass Highways & Lake Tahoe Road
Route 91--Riverside Freeway
Route 9--Saratoga-Los Gatos Road
Routes 5 & 580--West Side Freeway
Salina Valley Road
Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway (Route 168)
Sierra Vista Scenic Byway
Smith River Scenic Byway
State of Jefferson Scenic Byway
Sunrise National Scenic Byway
Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road
Trinity Heritage Scenic Byway
Trinity River Scenic Byway
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway - California
Wild Horse Canyon Scenic Byway
Yuba Donner National Scenic Byway

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Description - California offers one All American Road - Route 1, Big Sur Coast Highway - two National Scenic Byways - Death Valley Scenic Byway and Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road - and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

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Route One, the Big Sur Coast Highway, from Carmel south to the San Luis Obispo County line follows some of the most spectacular and highly scenic shoreline found along California's coast. Views include rugged canyons and steep sea cliffs, granite shorelines, sea lions and other marine life, windswept cypress trees, and majestic redwood forests.

Death Valley Scenic Byway crosses the sculptured landscape of Death Valley National Monument, a land whose stark setting contrasts the lowest elevation in North America with mountain ridges along the valley.

Tioga Road/Big Oak Flat Road offers one of the most spectacular passages over the Sierra Nevada, making it the highest automobile pass in California with an elevation change of over one mile from west to east. Along the route, views include towering granite peaks, pristine lakes, wildflower-covered meadows, and lush evergreen forests with Giant Sequoia groves.

Recreation - Byways provide access to numerous recreational sites, facilities and activities. Some of the most popular activities along the byways include hiking, picnicking, biking, fishing, photographing scenery, viewing historic sites and of course scenic driving.

Climate - Thanks to California's generally mild climate, many recreation areas are accessible year round. Summer temperatures range from 100+ in the desert and Sacramento and Central Valleys, to a cool and often foggy 50 in San Francisco. The mildest weather statewide occurs in fall. Rain begins in late autumn and continues through winter in most areas. Winter brings heavy snow at higher elevations, particularly in the Sierra Nevada and other mountain ranges. Desert areas remain warm and coastal areas often experience mild temperatures during winter months.

Location - California's Byways travel through scenic and historic areas throughout the state. Maps are available on the individual pages describing each park and activity.


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California - California is an outdoor recreation paradise. The state's size and tremendous diversity create an array of outdoor recreation opportunities that may be unmatched in North America.

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