If you are looking to take a long, scenic drive in the California area, then make sure you head out to the Angeles Crest Highway. It is not only one of the most breathtaking drives the United States has to offer, but this highway also boasts 66 miles of stunning California views.
The Angeles Crest Highway is fully paved and is a two-lane highway (one lane of travel in each direction. As you journey along its winding roads you will witness beautiful views of the Angeles National Forest and the breathtaking ridges of the San Gabriel mountain range. Soaring mountains, densely populated forest habitats, and miles of blue sky are all awaiting you on Angeles Crest Highway.Although Angeles Crest Highway is one of the most spectacular drives in Southern California, the drive itself can be fairly treacherous for an unprepared driver. Segments of road reach altitudes above 7,000 feet with a summit of 7,903 feet at the Dawson Saddle, making this road one of the highest in Southern California. Drivers who are not familiar or confident driving on this type of terrain or altitude should be wary because many people have lost their lives while driving along this highway.
Furthermore, during the winter, the weather on the Angeles Crest Highway is both harsh and unpredictable. As a result, the highway -- from Islip Saddle to Vincent Gap -- is typically closed during the winter because it is common for rockfalls and avalanches to occur.
If you decide to travel along the beautiful Angeles Crest Highway, ensure you do so during an appropriate time and season. Also, as you drive be aware of any wildlife that may be crossing the road because they can cause accidents if you swerve at the last minute. There are also lots of twisting mountain roads and sweeping curves, so drive at an appropriate pace. Fortunately, the road is in very good condition as much of it is new and there is little to no traffic.
Enjoy your visit to the Angeles Crest Highway, but please be sure to exercise caution while driving.
If you are seeking accommodations during your drive along the Angeles Crest Highway, then Ayres Hotel Manhattan Beach is within close proximity.