Paul McHugh/Special to The Bee
If the sheer notion of a road trip strikes you as boring, well, maybe you should give it a pass. Specifically, aim for one of the high mountain passes that provide incredible vista points and gateways to outdoor recreation in the central Sierra.
Monitor Pass on Highway 89 offers the most scenic views of peaks in the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness and Eldorado National Forest. Read the story here.