10/11/2006

California Scenic Drives

Drive a Convertible on the 17 Mile Drive, Pebble Beach


Discover Nature’s treasures as you explore the serene majesty of Del Monte Forest. Here you’ll quickly experience the magic of a legendary scenic tour that’s home to The Lone Cypress, Seal and Bird Rocks, Fanshell Beach, Point Joe, and the colliding currents of The Restless Sea. You’ll see black cormorants, brown pelicans, California sea otters, harbor seals, and idle sea lions all in their natural habitat. Colorful native wildflowers dot the scene, adorning the cool, soothing hues of the seashore and carefully preserved dunescape. Along the way, you’ll encounter the emerald fairways of such famous golf courses as The Links at Spanish Bay, Spyglass Hill and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Golf Links. For a gourmet picnic lunch along 17-Mile Drive, visit Pebble Beach Market adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Acer XP Trio Check out the comments for more California Scenic Drives Or Click to Add your own recommendation

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irishlass said...

LATourist.com gives some great driving directions for Mulholland Drive ... Check out their info on other LA & Hollywood tours here,

Scenic Route:
Although harder to find, this route offers additional views of the San Fernando Valley:
a. From the 101 freeway, exit at Balboa Blvd (click here to see a map) in Encino
b. Turn south from the offramp onto Balboa, and proceed a short distance to Ventura Blvd.
c. Turn left (east) at Ventura Blvd
d. Follow Ventura Blvd east to Havenhurst (there is a Gelson's market on the corner)
e. Turn right on Havenhurst Avenue (south)
f. After a few stop signs, turn right to stay on Havenhurst AVE - *see photo below*
g. After a few more stop signs, turn left onto Calneva Drive.
h. When you arrive at the top, you will be on Mulholland Drive. Turn left (east) to see spectacular views of the Valley for several miles. When you cross the 405 freeway, you will be at the point described above.


* If you begin in Encino, be sure to turn right at this intersection! Click the photo to see a larger image

Driving on Mulholland Drive

Mulholland Drive is windy and narrow at points. However for the most part it's an easy drive at around 20-30 MPH, depending on conditions.

There are plenty of places to pull over and enjoy the view.

Be watchful in the area of Coldwater Canyon Rd, where you will need to get in the left turn lane to stay on Mulholland Drive. At Coldwater Canyon, first you will encounter a stop sign. It's near a place called Tree People (they plant trees). Within a few hundred yards, there is a left turn lane at a traffic signal. You'll need to use to that to stay on Mulholland Drive, because the main lane of traffic will be Coldwater Canyon Road, going downhill.

The next main intersection is Laurel Canyon Blvd. You'll find the best views of downtown Los Angeles east of here.

Near the end of Mulholland Drive there is a popular turnout where you can park. There are a few parking spots there, or you can probably find a place to park along the road if the lot is full.

The end of Mulholland Drive is at Woodrow Wilson Drive. You will need to turn right onto Woodrow Wilson - and stop almost immediately, because it's a very short street. Turn right to go to Hollywood.

Proceeding to Hollywood

To continue to Hollywood from the eastern end of Mulholland Drive, turn right from Woodrow Wilson onto Cahuenga. At some point, it becomes Highland Avenue. Proceed on Highland Ave to Hollywood Blvd, which is at the center of the tourist area in Hollywood.

irishlass said...

From the Resort Sports Network

Great Rides - Lake Tahoe California

Start: Tahoe City but you can start anywhere along the loop.


Directions: Take Hwy 28 North or head up to Mount Rose Scenic Overlook on Hwy 431 as a side trip. Pass Sand Harbor State Park with its excellent views and connect to Hwy 50 South. Cross into California and enter the casino area. Connect to Hwy 89 North which follows the west side of the Lake back to Tahoe City.


Distance: 79 miles to do the loop. Add 10 miles to visit the Mount Rose Viewpoint. Add 15 miles to go to Truckee.


Estimated Drive Time: 2.5 - 3 hours


Photo Ops: The entire loop is a great photo op but a couple of notable spots are Inspiration Point with its unmatched views and interesting story or the extra drive up to the Mount Rose Viewpoint.


Recommended Pit Stop: Naughty Dawg Saloon & Grill. 255 North Lake Boulevard. 916-581-DAWG. A popular local spot with a great indoor/outdoor atmosphere.




At 22 miles long and nestled at 6,000 feet in the heart of the Sierras, Lake Tahoe offers world class mountain and lake recreation as well as unparalleled scenery. It may be impossible to find a drive anywhere in North America that is more stunning than the Loop around the Lake.

Sand Harbor State Park, on the north end of the Lake, offers a bit of seclusion, perfect for quietly reading or sunbathing when temps allow. At the Lake's southern tip, the city of South Lake Tahoe is an entertainment hot bed, complete with a bevy of gambling casinos.

The geographic diversity of the area is the true calling card of this route. Cliffs, waterfalls and mountains are everywhere and if golf is your game, there are at least nine courses to be found around the Lake.

Be sure to drive carefully as the road winds around the lake and heed the signs warning of bear crossings!

Please note: Road conditions vary and the temps can drop sharply at night, producing ice (even during the summer). Consult local authorities for updates.