(Closed) Attention CA bees!!! I have questions!!! Visiting CA next month! HELP!!!

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee

sounds like a great trip! taking the coast the whole way will take a good deal longer than the 5 – BUT you can stop along the way (carmel, etc.) and it really is beautiful. be prepared for long bouts with no bathroom.

my guy and i recently drove up to sf and back over a 4 day weekend and took the coast home – stopping and playing it took us about 10 hours. (if you take the 5, it is about 6.)

it’s a gorgeous road trip! make sure to hit santa barbara (just north of LA) for some wine, monerey bay and the aquarium, fisherman’s wharf in san francisco, golden gate park, and there’s tons more.

i’m very jaded about los angeles, but honestly i think northern california has much more to offer than LA.

mostly – it will be fine and FUN and you will have a great time!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

If you get in between 5PM and 7PM, it will already be pretty dark in LA and you won”t be able to see much. The next morning would be better. If it’s clear you can see the Hollywood sign from a lot of places and you won’t be able to get very close because it’s private land.

Beverly Hills isn’t nearly as exciting as you probably think it will be. You can walk around Rodeo Drive and maybe drive around the residential area, but the really big houses have giant hedges so you can’t really see much. Hopefully you’ll have GPS because it’s easy to get lost on the curving streets.

You should probably go to Venice Beach and/or Santa Monica promenade/pier while in town too. Venice Beach boardwalk has lots of stands and street performers. Santa Monica promenade is just like an outdoor mall but also has street performers.

 

 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Haha… if you want to avoid rush hour, stay off of all highways and take surface streets. πŸ™

Seriously, though, you’ll be entering LA during the evening rush hour, and if you leave on Tuesday… the best time to leave would be after 8PM, but then you won’t have any time once you arrive at your next stop to look around that day. I’d try to be on the road by 10 or 11 AM, then, to avoid the worst of the afternoon rush our on your way up.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

There will probably be rain.  With rain comes mud/rock slides, power outtages, downed trees, etc, etc.  Take your time driving and expect delays.  I’ve tried taking highway 1 up to Santa Cruz from LA and have gotten stuck because of a rock slide.  We had to go back about 40 minutes and drive around the mess.  It was about a 2 hour delay.  This was in the summer.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

PCH is going to take you a long long time… Like double what 5 will take… Not worth it for a short vacation in my opinion.

SJ to SF is only 45 minutes, so that is a short ride.  I’d take 280, but that’s just me.  It’s pretty and it’s faster.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Yes, that’s what I meant. πŸ™‚ Although you will still hit traffic on the way up, but it will be later in your trip, which means you’ll spend less time in it! Always a plus, in my book!

I love driving PCH, but if it is still raining hard, it won’t be worth it most likely, since there will probably be closures along the way. If you can, though, taking it up on the LA to SJ leg of your trip will be where you get the great scenery–the central coast is beautiful and you’ll probably really enjoy the ride from Cambria to Monterey. But it’s a *long* drive, even in good weather and without much traffic! Your trip is short, so you might not want to lose time to driving… maybe save that for a separate trip out to the central coast. πŸ™‚

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You can’t take Highway 1 from San Jose (inland) to SF, unless you want to back track and go to Santa Cruz first.  I would rather spend the night in Santa Cruz and drive up to SF the next day.  San Jose is not very pretty, but Santa Cruz is incredible.  We have it all! The beach, mountains, redwoods…I guess I am biased…

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

I agree with JoJo Bananas; Santa Cruz is gooooooorgeous. One of my favorite places in the world (we’re spending part of our honeymoon there ;).

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

SJ to SF is really close.  Some people do that commute for work every single day.  You can take 101 or 280, but it depends on the time of day… and 280 really is more scenic on this stretch of road.

Yeah, the slog is going to be LA to SJ.  I hate that drive (and I’ve done it a lot!)

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

For scenery’s sake, I would take the 101 all the way up to NorCal. It’s a beautiful drive. Taking the 5 north is faster BUT the highway patrol loves to hang around on the 5 and catch speeders. Like Miss Spaniel said, get on the road by 10 or 11AM and you should be good.

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