Best Places to Take Your Alfa Romeo For a Drive This Summer
Your Alfa Romeo sits idle in the garage. Your mind wanders. And you begin to think of heart-racing adventure. Open roads. Winding turns. That inimitable Italian roar. It’s time for a road trip. Southern California happens to be one of the best areas of the country for a drive. You will find countless miles of empty road, grand vistas, and roadside gems.
These are the best places to take your Alfa Romeo for a drive this summer. And if you haven’t sat behind the wheel of one yet, it might be time to learn more about buying a used Alfa Romeo.
Pacific Coast Highway
We had to lead with Highway 1. PCH is one of the most scenic drives in the world. It stretches for 655 miles, connecting Northern California with Southern California. You can start in San Diego and end the trip in Oregon if you’re feeling ambitious. No matter how far you go, nothing beats open road paired with an Italian engine and the great blue sea.
Sunrise Highway to Mt. Laguna
Running through the Laguna Mountains east of San Diego, Sunrise Highway is a stunningly scenic drive. From I-8, the Sunrise Highway leads all the way to the 79. Be sure to stop for photos at the Laguna Mountains observation area. While you’re there, soak up some desert sun and take a hike in Palm Desert—or simply cruise.
The Palomar Mountain Loop
Palomar Mountain boasts one of the nation’s best observatories, as well as a beautiful lookout area. Begin your trip from Lake Henshaw on Highway 76. From there, continue until you arrive at East Grade Road, which leads to the famous Palomar Observatory. The hour-long drive features steep, winding descent down the west side of Palomar Mountain.
Rim of the World Scenic Byway
Next stop: the beautiful San Bernadino Mountains. This scenic byway takes on a ride along the sides of the mountains, where the views are simply spectacular. Peep trains from Cajon pass or stop at Lake View Point to take in panoramic views of Big Bear Lake and its surroundings.
Angeles Crest Highway
Angeles Crest Highway winds through the Angeles National Forest. You will cruise past towering trees, hillside homes, and towering mountains. The drive peaks out at a whopping 7,900 feet at Dawson Saddle. Consider a trip to Mount Wilson, home to another impressive observatory.
This stretch of Highway 74 is the perfect way to take in the beauty that lies between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore. This mountain escape route cuts through the Cleveland National Forest and the Santa Ana Mountains. You’ll turn through and around deep canyons, mountain forests, and lush hillsides dotted with massive boulders.
The High 70s In North County San Diego
North County San Diego is teeming with gorgeous desert and mountain landscapes. To take in the finest of its natural charms, drive through Ramona on Highway 78 en route to Highway 79. At the junction, don’t miss Dudley’s Bakery. Stop in for something sweet before heading out to Highway 76, which is just 10 more miles on Highway 79.
From there, watch for the East Grade Road turn-off for Palomar Mountain. You’ll have an hour to drive up and down San Diego’s most popular mountain. Take 76 through Pala and Pauma on the way back. The leisurely drive will lead you back to Interstate 15, where you can head south to Escondido for some wine tasting.
We hope we inspired you to hit the road. Happy Driving!