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Old 05-21-2008, 12:04 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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I'm driving from San Fran to San Diego on Friday. Assuming I hit LA around 4 pm, what is the best route to avoid traffic? I am aware I will hit lots of traffic no matter what route I take, but is there any route that might shave a significant chunk off my travel time (I don't mind complicated shortcuts if you've got them)? Google maps has me take the 5 all the way.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Drive to Santa Barbara and stay in a hotel overnight. You've gotta be kidding if you think you'll do SF-SD driving through LA at 4 PM *PARTICULARLY* on a Friday, and do it in one day. That's just crazy. Our traffic is almost frozen solid at that hour.

And please don't bring a gun because I'm sure you'll end up using it at 4 p.m.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:23 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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Drive to Santa Barbara and stay in a hotel overnight. You've gotta be kidding if you think you'll do SF-SD driving through LA at 4 PM *PARTICULARLY* on a Friday, and do it in one day. That's just crazy. Our traffic is almost frozen solid at that hour.

And please don't bring a gun because I'm sure you'll end up using it at 4 p.m.
I appreciate the advice but that is not an option. I'm an experienced road-trip driver so I'm not worried about a long day.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: La lune et les Ă©toiles
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Take Highway 101...I love that drive
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:32 PM
 
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The best way is around LA & OC taking the 15.

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Old 05-21-2008, 12:37 PM
 
Location: East Bay
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The best way is around LA & OC taking the 15.

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Thanks so much for the advice and for making the maps! Do others agree that this is a good route?
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:37 PM
 
Location: South Bay
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That is a decent route, but I wouldn't even take the 5 through the grapevine. I think you're better off jumping on the 58 out of bakersfield through tehachapi then hopping on the 395 down to the 15. this is obviously a bit out of your way, but you'll probably save a pretty good amount of time. taking the 210 east of pasadena can be a nightmare!
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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On Google maps you can drag your route to change it. Looks like the above route suggested is 11+ hours in traffic. So I'd figure 12-13 just to be safe.
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:44 PM
 
Location: RSM
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cutting around bakersfield to the 15 is probably the better bet since the 210 will be loaded with weekend warrior traffic heading out of the cajon pass. the 138 seems to be a better bet coming off the 5 since you dont have to backtrack to the 58. ive never taken it though so i cant say how good the road is or how much traffic there is or isnt
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:52 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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If you have another person and can use the carpool, you can take either the Hollywood Freeway (170/101) or the Golden State Freeway (5) to the Harbor Freeway (110) in Downtown LA and get into the carpool lanes. Take that to 405 South then get onto the 73 Toll Road in Orange County that will cut through South OC to connect with the 5. The carpool lanes are very good on the 110 and is 2 lanes in each direction on much of it and they don't back up like other LA carpool lanes. And the 73 never has traffic as it's a pricey toll road (something around $4.25 I think). This is a good option only if you have a another person for carpool though.
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