The Bay Area is heaven for road-trippers. These routes from obvious to obscure show why so many people come to California and so few leave. Below are some of the Best bay area scenic drives including some of the best ways to see this beautiful state.
We start with the famed Coast Highway, then move on to the 17 Mile Scenic Drive south of Monterey, the redwoods of Santa Cruz Mountains and the Diablo Range in the South Bay.
What to bring:
Caveats: These routes are all twisting and undulating: find out if your passengers get car-sick before you set out.
Bicyclists will be fairly constant companions -- keep an eye out and share the road.
Check the California Department of Transportation's highway conditions page
before you set out; rural mountain roads are prone to washouts.
Gas up before you go.