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Best route July 17 from Santa Barbara to Oceanside

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Best route July 17 from Santa Barbara to Oceanside

We're planning a family trip down the coast of CA. We're wondering what is the best route through LA for the day that we will be traveling between Santa Barbara and Oceanside. We're not familiar with the area at all but we have GPS! :) We probably don't have a whole lot of time for extra stops but we might like to see the Hollywood sign, possibly other landmarks, and generally travel through the nicer parts of town along the way. Thanks for any suggestions you all may have!

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1. Re: Best route July 17 from Santa Barbara to Oceanside

Okay. Here's your route:

US 101 south to Oxnard.

Rice Avenue south to CA SR 1 (Pacific Coast Hwy).

Take CA SR 1 south (east in reality) through Malibu to Sunset Blvd.

Turn left (it's your only choice).

Sunset Blvd. will take you through the beautiful communities of Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Bel-Air, Beverly Hills and West Hollywood.

Continue on Sunset Blvd. (maybe making a slight detour to see Hollywood/Highland) to see the Hollywood Sign (on your left, to the north).

You'll travel through some less tony, but still interesting, neighborhoods.

Turn right at Glendale Blvd. You'll go by Echo Lake.

Then take US 101 south to I-110 South. Once clear of downtown, you'll be able to use the carpool lane (a big advantage!).

Hop on I-405 south to I-5 south to Oceanside.

Start early. Enjoy the drive.

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2. Re: Best route July 17 from Santa Barbara to Oceanside

We just got back from our trip and wanted to thank you for the advice! The route was easy and we saw a lot of really fun stuff along the way! Happy travels!

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3. Re: Best route July 17 from Santa Barbara to Oceanside

Cool! It's always nice to hear how things work out.

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