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Historic Sonora also known for area sceneryIf stories of Donner Pass and snowy blizzards in the Sierra Nevada are keeping you at lower elevations during the winter months, try venturing just a little ways into the Sierra foothills for a rewarding stay in one of the charming historic towns along scenic Highway 49.
The hills and vegetation in this part of California offer great relief from the monotony of the San Juaquin Valley just a few miles to the west. The country roads are crooked, all right - and Highway 49 probably is the worst offender here - but the trees, streams, meadows and frequent vistas are a treat for anyone who loves to travel scenic byways.
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