NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Road Trips Index

Scotty's Castle- Death Valley National Park

Scotty's Castle- Death Valley National Park

Listed below are some favorite road trips and destinations that start in the San Francisco Bay area and terminate in a nice place. While the destination is the primary focus, we also discuss things to do along the way if they are noteworthy. Camping options are discussed in some detail. Some of the detail information is included in various print publications and websites. We encourage you to refer to them for more information; some of the best are included in our reference section and are footnoted on the various pages. We hope that you enjoy exploring these roads as much as we did.

North Coast

Highway 1 North- San Francisco to Leggett

Highway 101 North- San Francisco to the Oregon Border

The Lost Coast- Fort Bragg to Eureka, But Not the Easy Way

The Trinity River National Scenic Byway

The Smith River National Scenic Byway

The Big Foot National Scenic Byway

South Coast

Highway 1 South- San Francisco to Morro Bay

Santa Cruz Mountains Loop

Bay Area

Point Reyes National Seashore Loop

Gold Country/ High Sierra

Highway 4- Ebbett's Pass- Angels Camp to Lake Alpine & Environs

Highway 88- Carson Pass National Scenic Byway- Carson's Pass- Jackson to Silver Lake & Environs

Highway 108- Modesto to Sonora Pass

Highway 180- Kings Canyon Scenic Byway

Highway 395- Lee Vining to Lone Pine

Sierra Vista National Scenic Byway

Hwy. 49/89- Lakes Basin Recreation Area


The Interior

San Francisco to Death Valley National Park

Hwy. 32 East- Chico to Lake Almanor (Almost)

Exploring Mendocino National Forest- Forest Roads

Outside California

Southern Utah- Zion's, Bryce Canyon, Arches and more