By Deb Flomberg
It started as a simple foot path and fire trail, but through hard work it turned into one of the best, most scenic, highways in the state. The Ortega Highway is also known as Highway 74, and it is one of the best scenic drives in southern California. It extends 25 miles through some of the most incredible mountain views, making this the perfect place to escape for a calming scenic drive.
To get to the Ortega Highway, you’ll head south on the 101 and east on 91. Form there it just a few turns to get onto CA-74, the Ortega Highway. Make sure to bring your camera, some binoculars and maybe even a picnic lunch, as you are sure to find a lot of places to stop, stretch your legs and get some amazing panoramic photos. The highway will wind you through the Cleveland National Forest in the Santa Ana Mountains and you’ll go between Lake Elsinore and San Juan Capistrano. There are a lot of different types of terrain on this road, and you’ll find yourself driving through canyons, forests, and impressive hillsides.
Since you’ll be winding through a few different areas, you can find many places to stop and stretch your legs. Visit the city of San Juan Capistrano for a picturesque little town with an amazing historic mission. Or head up to Lake Elsinore and grab a spot for a picnic lunch and a relaxing walk or easy hike.
Enjoy your road trip in the best car possible. Take your 2014 E400 Hybrid Sports Sedan from Mercedes-Benz of Encino to have a truly luxurious drive along the Ortega Highway. You’ll love being able to enjoy this drive in total comfort and elegance, and you’ll arrive at the highway it total Mercedes-Benz style. The hybrid sports sedan is the perfect accompaniment to a picturesque drive in the California mountains.
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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