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anyone done the trip from LA to sanfran i a car, if so how longs it take and hints and tips pls :)
a couple of years ago,with my family.
Leave early,borrow/steal/buy a sat-nav,cos if you take a wrong turn you could lose an hour.
Take the coast road.Amazing views,but it takes like 8 hours!
If you CAN, I'd suggest driving to Monterey (an 8 to 5 drive, not counting stops) using Highway 1, spend a night there, and then use I-5 to get back to LA (1/2 day). Doing so, you'd see the Big Sur coastline, which is spectacular.
Hope that helps
so really its a 2 day nice drive from LA to san fran?
You could get there a LOT quicker,but that would be a pointless trip.You'd just be driving across a big road if you took it.Completly anonymous,you know.
No,if your going to do it,do it right,and enjoy yourself.
This is helpfull!
when i did it we took the coast road all the way and stopped overnight in monterey, it's too far to do it all in one go. especially as the coast road has such amazing views you end up pulling off the highway every ten minutes to look...
half an hour south of monterey i can't recommend enough this place http://www.deetjens.com/ if you can't get a room to stay there then go just for the breakfast...
We did this last autumn, except we started in San Fran and headed to LA (we actually stayed in Santa Monica). I’m assuming that you’ve never been before so don’t mind doing the clichéd touristy stuff.
SF is about 400 miles from LA, which is about the same distance as from London to Newcastle, although it’ll take you about eight hours to drive in one go. We spread it over three days, heading down Big Sur, taking plenty of photo breaks and staying overnight at Santa Cruz (wonderful place with a great beach, pier, fairground, main street and an amazing vegetarian burger bar called Saturn) and Santa Barbara (snobby university town, like Loughborough). We also dropped into Monterey Bay and popped into the aquarium there – definitely worth a visit.
As for SF, there’s stuff like the Golden Gate Bridge, MoMA, the trams, coffee shops, music venues and the hills, but my highlight was heading over to Alcatraz on the evening boat trip (sunset on the way out, night time on the way back).
I don’t know how any tourist could cope with LA without a SatNav – it’s a mess of freeways between which pockets of neighbourhoods hide, so try to get one with your car hire, or borrow a friend’s and download the local map.
We also headed inland to Yosemite, which’ll take a couple of days out of your schedule, but is well worth it if you can get up to Glacier Point.
taking in whistler, lake tahoe, lake havasu, death valley, grand canyon, bryce canyon, hoover dam and zion national park in 2003. That was pretty cool.
San Francisco, San Diego then Las vegas in September, I'm undecided whether to fly from SF to SD and then drive from there to Vegas, or drive the first bit. Thoughts anyone?
if you’ve never done it before.
I don’t know how the route between LA and SD compares, but I’ve never heard a song about it by the Thrills…
unless you fancy going to Joshua Tree.
I didn't get as far as Hearst Castle, but if you get the chance, go. Apparently it's amazing.
Monterey was ok, pretty touristy. We stayed in Carmel which was really, really bizarre.
The coast drive north of SF to Sonoma is really cool and if you get a chance definitely try and get to Yosemite.