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The Sunrise Scenic Byway: The Perfect Impromptu Afternoon Drive

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By Deb Flomberg

rsz 1sunrise The Sunrise Scenic Byway: The Perfect Impromptu Afternoon Drive

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Enjoy the amazing weather and beautiful scenery in Southern California with a delightful afternoon drive. You can easily spend hours touring all the different scenic highways in the area, so it’s a great idea to pick one for the day, plan a route, pack a picnic and grab your favorite road-trip-pal. One of the most stunningly beautiful drives in the San Diego area is the Sunrise Scenic Byway, the perfect choice for an impromptu drive on a crystal clear day. 

To get to the Sunrise Scenic Byway from the Los Angeles area, you simply hop in Interstate 5 for about 30 minutes––it’s really that close. Once you arrive, you’ll find that this lovely highway winds about 24 miles through the Cleveland National Forest and the Laguna Recreation Area. The panoramic views and photo op spots are plentiful here, with lots of mountain meadows and a large diversity of landscape and views.

The byway will actually weave through some of the most beautiful wooded areas, giving you a great view of some amazing vistas. When you are ready to enjoy that lunch you packed, stop off at Burnt Rancheria Campground and find the Desert View picnic spot, it is a beautiful area that showcases the huge difference between the Cleveland National Forest and the Anza-Borrego Desert. Stretch your legs and enjoy a hike through the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail or bring along a bicycle and enjoy it on wheels. Or just stop off at the many scenic spots and take plenty of amazing photos of your beautiful drive.

A drive like this deserves the right car. Take your E550 4Matic Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino for this one. You’ll be in the car for a while, so you will be very thankful to have such a comfortable and luxurious ride as you cruise through the panoramic vistas in total Mercedes-Benz style. 

Deb Flomberg grew up in the mountains, developed a love for the beach and has found happiness on the open road. She is now a freelance writer, theater professional and travel enthusiast happy to be writing about the things she loves most.

This is a “sponsored post,” meaning the company who sponsored the article compensated me for writing the article. The opinions I have expressed, however, are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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