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120 Adventure gets boost in Via magazine

William Jeffery, right, answers questions about his 1954 Chevy on display during Sunday’s John Cambra Ag/Mechanics Scholarship Car Fundraiser at the MRPS Hall in Manteca.

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin


POSTED June 26, 2013 11:52 p.m.

California’s Highway 120 gets mention in the July/August edition of the American Automobile Association’s Via travel magazine as one of the five must scenic drives in the Western United States.

It dovetails into the 120 Adventure effort launched this month by the Manteca Visitors Center in conjunction with other visitors centers along the route that starts in Manteca and ends near the Nevada border.

The Via article zeroes in on the 98 mile drive from Groveland to Mono Lake that climbs 9,950 feet from rolling foothills on the west to the crest of the Sierra then descends to the prehistoric lake.

Deborah Franklin’s snippet authored for Via touches on Groveland attractions such as Dori’s Tea Cottage, the Rainbow Pools that offer a natural swimming hole complete with 15-foot waterfalls off of the south fork of the Tuolumne River, and the Tioga Road through Yosemite that offers unique views of famous chunks of granite such as Half Dome and Cloud’s Rest.

It goes on to touch on Tuolumne Meadows and its repertoire of wildflowers at 8,600 feet and ends at the 700,000-year-old Mono Lake.

For more information on the 120 Adventure call the Manteca Visitors Center at 823-7229.

The other four drives showcased in Via are:

• Oregon’s Historic Columbia River Highway from Troutdale To Hood River.

• Utah’s Scenic Byway 143from Parowan To Panguitch.

• Nevada’s Highway 50 from Baker to Ely.

• California’s Highway 1 from Gualala To Fort Bragg.

For more information go to www.viamagazine.com

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