Scenic Driving Routes in California

During the Covid-19 Pandemic, many people miss traveling but are afraid to go out in public. There are still ways for everybody to get out of the house and stay safe. These are four of the best scenic routes to drive along in California. 


The first route is Carbon Canyon, an 8-mile twisty road that goes from Orange County to San Bernardino County. This is a peaceful drive and changes depending on the season. It can be a variety of different greens after heavy rainfall. Carbon Canyon can also be a variety of neutral colors during the summertime. Nonetheless, it is a beautiful road from Brea to Chino Hills. 


Another relaxing drive is Highway 395 or the Eastern Sierras. This route goes from Lone Pine to South Lake Tahoe and is about 232 miles. Lakes, hot springs, Red Rock Canyon State Park, Manzanar National Historic Site, and the Sierra Nevada Mountains can be found along this drive. Highway 395 is perfect for a change of scenery into California’s beloved forests and mountains.


Highway 49 or the Gold Chain Highway is perfect for a dive into history. This 295-mile drive starts in Oakhurst and ends in Vinton. It will take you through the time of the Gold Rush as the 49ers poured into California to strike it rich. Along this route, there are many historic buildings from the Gold Rush and a museum. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, the Mining and Mineral Museum, and Empire Mine are just a few of the many stops on this route. 


The last route is Pacific Coast Highway or Highway 1. This 650-mile drive is also known as PCH and goes from Dana Point, California to Legget, California. PCH is one of California’s most popular routes as it shows the state’s coastal beauty. Pacific Coast Highway runs along Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Crystal Cove, and other beaches and harbors. Pacific Coast Highway is a beautiful spot to watch the sunset and can be seen from the safety of a car. This route has beautiful views and is a great way to decompress. 


These are four of the many iconic routes that California has to offer. These routes do not need to be completed from start to finish but can be visited in sections. Through the beaches, mountains, forests, or desert, there are many places for you to drive through this pandemic while staying safe.