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Old 07-16-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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On a Tuesday at 7:30 AM I am driving from Pacific Beach, San Diego, Ca to Bakersfield, CA. Given the day and time, which direction would you take? Also, I am not from the area so complex directions would not be good.
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Old 07-16-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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I-5
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:46 AM
 
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Take 5N /Pacific Beach to 52E to 15N to 210W to 5N, follow signs to HWY 99/Bakersfield.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:50 AM
 
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Going straight up 5N equals nightmare traffic in LA, particularly through the perpetual construction zone in Anaheim.

The route I posted cuts out the bulk of the urban traffic and routes you through the Golden Empire via I-15 to 210 (Ontario, La Verne, Pasadena), a brief jog through the more remote outskirts of the San Fernando Valley, the area close to Magic Mountain, over the Grapevine, and on to 99.

I lived in Bakersfield for several years and this was the route I always took to drive to my parents' place in University City/San Diego.
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Old 07-16-2009, 10:25 AM
 
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That sounds like a good way to go.
Since I'm leaving at 7:30 AM, I'm sure I'll hit traffic no matter which way I go.
Just looking at the map I can't see I-5 being a good option going through LA.

We intend to get lunch at '24th Street Cafe' in Bakersfield and then continue to Yosemite. Is the '24th' a good spot for lunch?, ever been? Think of any better...?
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:53 AM
 
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Is taking 5N to long beach freeway also an option in coming from san diego and going to Bako
I have to make same trip in 2 days
And what is good time to leave?
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:51 PM
 
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Use Google Maps / Waze, they will give you the best route based on traffic at that time. You never know if there may be an accident somewhere that could make one route much better.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:12 PM
 
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4347ZE0NQM

Sorry, can't help it
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:23 PM
 
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Long Beach Freeway, is that the 405 or the 110? Either way, you would have to take the 405 and that's worse than the 5 unless you can take the HOV lane.

5N to 99N is the easiest way to go to B'field, but only if you start your trip between 9pm and 4am.

The same route may be tolerable if you leave at 9 or 10 am, putting you into central LA at around Noon, but you still will have 20 miles of stop-and-go or slow-and-go traffic just south of the LA interchange.
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Poway
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The last route I took and will be taking in a few weeks is this:

I15 north to 395 (don't take the 215 and avoid San Bernardino and Riverside congestion)
395 north to 58
58 west to Bakersfield

It is a little longer, but you avoid Los Angeles and the Castaic/Grapevine mess, and you mostly stay at freeway speeds.

I also bring a couple of bottles of water because half that route is desert.
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