By Deb Flomberg
The Palomar Mountain Loop is known throughout California as one of the most scenic drives in the state. Sure, the Pacific coast offers a lot of amazing panoramic views, but the Palomar Mountain Loop has incredible mountain scenery with lots of great spots to pull off and enjoy some picturesque photo opportunities.
As you drive up the loop, you’ll find a lot of areas to pull off to take in the scenery–do not pass up this opportunity. You’ll be driving through a lot of lush forests and truly spectacular views. The drive takes you through the Cleveland National Forest and right past the Palomar Mountain Observatory. If you have the time, make sure to stop at the Observatory for a guided tour. You’ll see just why this location was chosen for the 200-inch Hale Telescope and why the Palomar Observatory is so incredibly special.
Bring a lunch and find one of the many picnic spots located throughout Palomar Mountain State Park or take your fishing gear to catch your own lunch. Just don’t forget your camera and your binoculars, as you’ll find stunning panoramic views that reach from the ocean to the desert. Also make sure to stop and take a look at the Boucher Hill Fire Lookout to get a look at the tower that was used form 1948 through 1983. It is currently undergoing restoration and is a fascinating look at how different towers were used in service to the community throughout the years.
For a drive this scenic, you’ll want the right car. Make the drive in the 2014 E350 Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll love enjoying all the comfort and elegance of this beautiful sedan, making it the perfect car for a luxurious drive on some of the most scenic roads in the state.
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.
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