California Back Country Roads
Some of California's richest experiences are off the beaten track. In our preview edition we'll explore two routes, and a few small historical towns.

One room school house in Bear Valley, between Tres Pinos and Bitterwater, south of Pinnacles National Monument on Hwy 25.

Driving to San Antonio Valley

The redwood mountain road connecting the garlic fields of Gilroy in Santa Clara Valley with the strawberry and artichoke fields of the Pajaro Valley in Monterey Bay.

Hecker Pass Road

Connecting Salinas Valley and Big Sur is a little known road of about one hour's drive through a stimulating swatch of San Antonio Valley, Los Padres National Forest and Ventana Wilderness.

Nacimiento Road

Carmel Valley is long and lovely, surrounded by bosomy foothills filled with fragrant woods and clear waters. Beyond the immediate confines of the valley loom monstrous, moody mountains filled with mystery.

Carmel Valley

Ten miles of off highway from the north end of the Bixby Bridge on Hwy One to Molera State Park at the entrance fo Big Sur Valley. An intriguing back country experience where the ghost of Robinson Jeffers is always close by.

Old Coast Road.

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