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Old 07-30-2012, 02:11 AM
 
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I have to be in San Diego at 10:30 am on Tuesday. I'll be leaving from West LA, near Santa Monica and Bundy. Is there any other option than leaving at 5 am and arriving super early? It's an important meeting I can't be late for. It seems that if I tried to leave even at 7 am I would risk being late due to traffic.

Google Maps is telling me to take the 10 to the 5 to the 805. Is this the best route? It seems like I'm SOL no matter what.
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Old 07-30-2012, 12:23 PM
 
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405 the whole way to the 5. do not go through downtown LA, you will be sorry. the 5 south of downtown is only 3 lanes until you get to the OC border and is miserably slow the entire distance. the 405 is much wider and you'll be headed in the opposite direction of most traffic until you get past long beach.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:26 PM
 
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What BR said. And if you cannot be late, then by all means, go early. Worst that can happen is that you have time to kill at Starbucks or breakfast. There is the online traffic site that shows freeway traffic speeds, and it is usually pretty accurate, but that long of a drive can be unpredictable.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:45 PM
 
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Oh, best route as in the "fastest route". Yah, its pretty much the 405 to the 5. Thats it.

For the first time in probably 30 years, I'm flying into Long Beach next month (with family in tow). With convertible Avis vehicle in hand, I intend to introduce them to taking Route 1 down to San Diego (well, as far as I can which means San Clemente). Hope they like it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:53 PM
 
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Thanks for the help, everyone. So If I wait to leave until 7 am, Im still taking a risk of being late, even with that route? Just trying to figure out when I have to leave to guarantee being there on time.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:12 PM
 
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If you absolutely can't be late, why not drive down the night before (past 8pm) and stay in a hotel just for the night so you can wake up refreshed. Either that or leave at 5am or 4:30ish.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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Take Amtrak for a low stress round trip.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:59 PM
 
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I really don't want to spend the money on a hotel. And as far as Amtrak, by the time I figure out how to get to Union Station from West LA via public transportation and how to get around San Diego, it's going to be more trouble than driving.

I guess I'll just have to leave at 5 am or maybe 6 am.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Santa Rosa
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I used to drive LB to West hollywood and it would take me an hour and a half. So 3 hours to SD you might not make it. Drive down the night before and stay in a motel 6 for like $40. Do you want to have an important meeting after driving for 3 hours though terrible traffic or after a good night sleep. Don't forget about gas saving by driving during off-peak hours.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:39 PM
 
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Thanks for the help everyone! I'm gonna leave by 6 am tomorrow and see how that goes. The actual meeting isn't going to be stressfull/super important at all. It's something I need to do for a job I am starting and I just don't want to make a bad impression off the bat by being late. I spoke to my boss about it and he said leaving at 6 should be fine. I have some things I need to do here in LA tonight so the motel thing really won't work, not to mention I'm bushed and still recovering from a weekend trip to Vegas. Definitely need a few more hours of sleep before getting behind the wheel again. I'll let everyone know how the ride goes!
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