Side Trips

I-5 doesn’t have to be a long, boring drive… You’re a little ahead of schedule and you’ve got a few extra hours, so what’s your hurry? Why not take a side trip? Get off the Interstate and discover the real America… small towns, scenic coastlines, historic communities and some of the west coast’s most enjoyable roadtrips.

Arroyo Seco Historic Parkway
The Arroyo Seco Parkway connects Los Angeles and Pasadena through the historic Arts and Crafts landscape of the Arroyo Seco. Conceived in the parkway tradition with gentle curves, lush landscaping, and scenic vistas, the byway incorporated the modern elements that would lay the groundwork for the California freeway system.
Arts abound in San Luis Obispo County this Summer and Fall
From intimate galleries to colorful cultural events, San Luis Obispo (SLO) County offers countless arts experiences sure to spark wonder in visitors of all ages. Located midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, scenic San Luis Obispo County is a convenient destination marked by rolling hills, mission-style architecture, and a vibrant arts scene you can … Continue reading Arts abound in San Luis Obispo County this Summer and Fall
Big Sur Village Welcomes Visitors
As you cruise down Highway One from California’s Monterey Peninsula, you can’t help but feel the excitement building up inside you. Those photos you have seen of the magnificent beauty of Big Sur are suddenly coming to life, appearing even better in person. The dramatic Santa Lucia Mountains to the left are sprinkled with yellow, … Continue reading Big Sur Village Welcomes Visitors
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway
Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway cuts a path through the mountains, lakes, and forests of central Oregon. Volcanism and glaciation formed more than 150 lakes for which the region is well known. See outstanding examples of lava flows, alpine lakes, and meadows. Cross paths taken by such historic figures as Kit Carson.
The Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway
From rolling, oak-covered hills to towering coniferous forests; from roaring whitewater rapids to incised inter-canyon lava flows; the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway invites you to experience 172 miles of diverse river and mountain landscapes. Drive alongside the Upper Rogue and North Umpqua Wild and Scenic Rivers, both of which contain world-class fisheries.
Mountains to Sound Greenway
Drive east from Seattle on I-90 through pastoral valleys, lush forests and a dramatic mountain landscape. Visit historic towns and scenic spots for forest walks or challenging hikes. Cross the Cascades into a drier climate where coal mining built pioneer towns on the way to the Columbia River.
Top Hot Spots in Downtown Redding, California
Surrounded by mountains, hiking and biking trails, and national parks, and born out of the historic Gold Rush era, Redding is the epicenter of an outdoor paradise for young and old alike. This slice of paradise set at the northern end of the Sacramento River Valley also has a vibrant and friendly downtown center. “Redding, … Continue reading Top Hot Spots in Downtown Redding, California
Road Trip: The Best of California’s Highway 1
Find nearly 2,000 acres of vineyards in Edna Valley and Arroyo Grande wine regions located on the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route, along with old historic California townsites, outdoor adventure, and well, great wine! Edna and Arroyo Grande Valleys offer the perfect growing climate for delicate grapes like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – warm sunny … Continue reading Road Trip: The Best of California’s Highway 1
Seattle’s Museum Month is a Bargain for I-5 Culture Seekers
The Emerald City has long been praised as an artsy and laid-back destination with abundant natural beauty. Some I-5 travelers may be kept at bay during winter – a side effect of the typical Pacific Northwest weather – but the off-season may actually be the hottest time of year to explore Seattle. In 2015, Visit … Continue reading Seattle’s Museum Month is a Bargain for I-5 Culture Seekers
It’s the Summer of Love – Redux! June 10 – 18 San Mateo County Fair
50 years ago, the “Summer of Love” hit the Bay Area. A half century later, San Mateo is still feeling groovy with one of the largest and most family-friendly events on the West Coast, The San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com). Over nine days of diverse entertainment, June 10 – 18, “Tradition Meets Innovation” in the … Continue reading It’s the Summer of Love – Redux! June 10 – 18 San Mateo County Fair