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Old 08-07-2011, 11:57 AM
 
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I will be going to Los Angeles in mid-October. I've never been to LA before so I need some help figuring out how much time to allot to driving.

On a Friday, I plan to leave Hollywood Boulevard at around 2:00pm and drive to Calabasas. Google Maps says that this will take 32 minutes, but I hear that LA traffic is really bad especially on a Friday, so I'm doubling it and allotting 1 hour and 4 minutes.

I then plan to leave Calabasas at around 3:30pm and drive to Malibu. Google Maps says that this will take 30 minutes, so again I'm doubling it and allotting 1 hour for this drive.

Do you think that the time I'm allotting is sufficient or should I leave Hollywood Boulevard earlier than 2:00 to ensure that we arrive in Malibu for 4:30 while also having a about 25 minute stop in Calabasas in between?

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Old 08-07-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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Assuming you are leaving from Hollywood and Vine, take the 101 Freeway west to Calabasas. You will first go north on the Freeway to the Valley then directly West. Traffic can get backed up on the 101 in the middle of the day on Friday. An hour sounds about right.

From Calabasas to Malibu on Malibu Canyon Road could be about 45 minutes. It's very steep and winding in parts. The quicker way in my opinion is on Topanga Canyon then west on Pacific Coast Highway.
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Old 08-07-2011, 01:23 PM
 
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Assuming you are leaving from Hollywood and Vine, take the 101 Freeway west to Calabasas. You will first go north on the Freeway to the Valley then directly West. Traffic can get backed up on the 101 in the middle of the day on Friday. An hour sounds about right.

From Calabasas to Malibu on Malibu Canyon Road could be about 45 minutes. It's very steep and winding in parts. The quicker way in my opinion is on Topanga Canyon then west on Pacific Coast Highway.
I don't agree about the part in bold. The quicker way from Calabasas to Malibu is via Malibu Canyon Road. Topanga Cyn is a much longer stretch of curves so it takes longer than Malibu Canyon.

Both are very scenic drives. To the O.P. I suggest you go all the way to Zuma Beach/Pt. Dume area if you want to see the beautiful parts of Malibu. It's really only a few miles up the coast from Malibu pier and MUCH more pretty than the area around Malibu pier.

Friday afternoon from Calabasas to Malibu should take you about 30 to 45 minutes.
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