By Deb Flomberg
Pack a tent and a sleeping bag, it’s time to get back to nature and escape the business and stress of city life, at least for a weekend. The Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway is perfect for a beautiful drive and has plenty of spots to camp, allowing you to decompress and relax while getting back to nature. Set out from Los Angeles and head north toward Route 168, and you’ll be so glad you made the drive.
Driving the Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway is a treat in itself. It starts in the town of Clovis, which is just outside of Fresno. If you want to stop off in Clovis, enjoy lots of antique shopping, historic walking tours, and great mom-and-pop shops. Then continue your drive on Route 168 to the border of the Sierra National Forest. This is where the road starts getting truly spectacular. You can stop off for the night here, with lots of spots near Shaver Lake for hiking, fishing, camping, horseback riding and more. Or you can continue east on the Byway until you get to Huntington Lake, another amazing spot for lots of outdoorsy fun.
No matter how var you trek into the Sierra National Forrest, just be sure to find time to stop and take some photos, as you are going to be passing a lot of perfect photo op spots. The route itself ends at Kaiser Wilderness in Sierra Canyon, where you can set out on one of the many popular hiking trails. Be sure to back all your gear and a picnic lunch to make the most of this beautiful country.
This is a fairly long drive, so you’ll want to be in the best car possible. Make sure you set out for this drive in the 2014 E550 Sport Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino. You’ll be so glad that you have such an elegant and luxurious car to enjoy as you cruise up through the mountains, stopping at all the picturesque spots for photos.
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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