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a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

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a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Hi we are going to be in San Francisco in July and we are planing on renting a car for one week going to Los angeles which places do you recommend for us to visit. The week is included also the stay in Los Angeles we would love to go thru route 1 which we know is a very nice ride.

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1. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Your post is a little confusing. Does your "one week: include SF, LA & Route 1?

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2. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

we are leaving San Francisco on a Monday morning in a car ride to Los angeles and would like to stop in some locations we taking a flight back home in the next monday from Los angeles. (would like to use route 1 we heard it"s a nice ride)

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3. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Alrighty, then.

You can certainly do that. Highway 1 is highly scenic and there are lots of options for overnighting along the way. Two overnight stops is recommended. Monterey/Carmel/Pacific Grove recommended for the first night. Cambria or Pismo Beach recommended for the second night. If you can swing a third night, then Santa Barbara would be it.

Some of the highlights of the Highway 1 drive include:

Half Moon Bay

Santa Cruz

Henry Cowell Redwoods (A few miles east of Santa Cruz)

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Cannery Row

Asilomar Beach/Pacific Grove's beautiful rocky shoreline

17 Mile Drive/Pebble Beach

Carmel By The Sea

Carmel Beach (Beautiful wind swept cypress tree lined beach)

Point Lobos State Reserve (Stunning scenery/wildlife viewing)

Bixby Bridge

Pfeiffer Beach

Nepenthe for lunch

McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Ragged Point

Elephant seal rookery near the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse

Hearst Castle

Cambria/Moonstone Beach

Morro Bay/Rock

San Luis Obispo

Pismo Beach

Solvang/Los Olivos/Santa Ynez wine country

Santa Barbara: Stearns Wharf, historical California mission, the courthouse and gardens, State Street shopping

Ventura

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You should research each of these to see which stops appeal to you.

Here's a timeline of the drive (Without stops):

SF to Monterey: 2 1/2 to 3 hours

Monterey to Cambria: 2 1/2 to 3 hours (This is the dramatic coastline you've heard so much about. Take it slow and plan on a more realistic 6-10 hours for the drive)

Pismo Beach is another hour's drive from Cambria

Cambria to Santa Barbara: 2 1/2 hours

Santa Barbara to LA: 2 hours

Edited: 06 May 2014, 03:37
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4. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

thanks so much for your help

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5. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Have a good trip!

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6. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Thanks for posting this. We are doing the exact same drive but in march. We are on a time crunch because our trip ends with a wedding for friends in LA. we have been to LA before so wanted to explore other areas. Trying to decide if we should fly in to SF on Monday or start earlier on Saturday.

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7. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Good. What's your question?

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8. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

If you were asking me. I didn't really have a question just also thanking kibbles for the awesome info. It's helping my husband and I make our decision with the same predicament.

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9. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

Got it.

Keep in mind that your predicament is different. You are going in March while the other is going in July. The daylight hours in July are much longer which make the touring days longer. You have less time to see things.

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10. Re: a week drive from san francisco to Los Angeles

@ Kelly O..... The more time you have, the more things you can fit in. If you can arrive SF on Saturday, you could spend 3 nights/2 days and begin the drive down toward LA and have LOTS of quality time for exploring the coast.

Sat-Mon: SF

Tues: Monterey

Wed: Cambria

Thurs: Santa Barbara

Fri: LA (I assume the wedding is on Saturday?)