The Most Scenic Road Trips In California

By Leah Freeman-Haskin


From world-renowned wineries to some of the most dramatic coastlines on the globe, California offers incredible adventures that are begging to be explored. Here are a few of the top road trips to tackle this summer.

Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail

Length: 29 Miles

Destination: Napa to Calistoga

What To See: 

Take the Silverado Trail through some of Napa’s most beautiful wineries including Reynolds Family Winery, Clos du Val in the Stags Leaps District, and Mumm Napa.

Napa, CA | Patrick W. Zimmerman | Getty Images

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Lake Tahoe Scenic Wonders

Length: 215 Miles

Destination: Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park

What To See: 

Start at South Lake Tahoe, near the idyllic Emerald Bay State Park, and continue to Mammoth Lakes where you will find incredible skiing and snowboarding in the winter or hiking and mountain biking in the summer months. 

Lake Tahoe, NV | Lynn Fagerlie | Getty Images

Big Sur Coast

Length: 280 Miles

Destination: Malibu to Big Sur

What To See: 

One of Southern California’s most stunning coastal routes promises rugged coastlines, wildlife, and spectacular beaches that can be explored all year round. Be sure to take in the views around Bixby Creek Bridge and grab that iconic SoCal shot. 

Bixby Bridge | Vanessa McCauley | Getty Images

Highway 1 Route

Length: 175 Miles

Destination: San Francisco to Fort Bragg

What To See:

Begin this road trip near the Golden Gate Bridge and head to the coastal hills and redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument, followed by the breathtaking sea cliffs and remote beaches of Point Reyes National Seashore.

San Francisco, CA | Can Balcioglu | Getty Images

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Fresno Blossom and Fruit Trails

Length: 62 Miles

Destination: Fresno loop

What To See:

Start in Fresno, east of Highway 99, and follow the route, including State Route 180, through the charming towns of Sanger, Orange Cove, Reedley, Kingsburg, and Fowler to see acres upon acres of colorful blossoming fruit and nut trees. 

Fresno, CA | Praveen P.N | Getty Images
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