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Los Padres National Forest

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Address: CA
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 16:30
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Covering 1.75 million acres and more than 220 miles in two different...

Covering 1.75 million acres and more than 220 miles in two different counties, the land is semi-desert in the interior while the coast is lined with redwood forest.

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A perfect picnic spot on a drive up highway 58

After a long and enchanting drive up through the Carrizo Plain, we kept a lookout for a place to pull over to have a picnic lunch. And this was the spot.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ron Y
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Corona del Mar, California

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Corona del Mar, California
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217 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After a long and enchanting drive up through the Carrizo Plain, we kept a lookout for a place to pull over to have a picnic lunch. And this was the spot.

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Riverside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 490 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Maybe they were scalped by fire in recent years, but many of the hills that were tree bare now have dense growth that is currently golden brown in color, looks very much like grizzly fur.

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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155 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

Started in the northeastern section of the park, near Ventucopa. Certainly, can tell that there is a California drought. Be sure to bring lots of water and snacks. Only one small stop in the park, until we hit Ojai. The road is very, very winding, so plan if you get car sick. Well marked hiking trails throughout the park as... More 

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Side, Turkey
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2016

The sat nav took us this way , I typed in big sur at first it was ok then then the road fell away and we was driving on a dirt track never been as scared in my whole life. It was starting to go dark and snow had began to. Fall the sat nav told us to turn around... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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1,217 reviews
474 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 399 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Even 1yr later it still feels new and great. We were more foggy than I would have liked but still managed to get some great views.

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San Antonio, Texas
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63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

I drove through the forest in my way to San Jose on the 1. The views are just beautiful. Word to the wise, be sure to have your brakes checked before (and after) visiting as you will be using them very heavily, especially if you're not very good driving in lower gears.

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2016 via mobile

Friends and I drove out to Red Rock on Paradise Road. We took the three mile hike to Gibraltar Dam and enjoyed a picnic lunch. The weather was perfect and the views magnificent. So little people and so much natural beauty! Nearly limitless choices for bikers and hikers, yet only minutes from Santa Barbara.

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Crowborough, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 September 2015

beautiful place to drive through. Lots of nice places to eat in big sur too. such a beautiful place. Id love to camp here!

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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 1 September 2015

I don't think you can get a better scenery shot. Ok there are so many good picture opportunities along this road but you should stop here. Great mountain shots!

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New Tripoli, Pennsylvania
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13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

As somebody that has never made it this far west, I was impressed by the scenery at this forest. Since CA is in a drought, the land is brown, but the views are still spectacular. Worth at least just driving through, and stopping off for some beautiful pictures.

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