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Highway 5 North to San Jose

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Highway 5 North to San Jose

What could we visit on a trip from Santa Clarita to San Jose via Hwy 5N?

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1. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Anderson's Pea Soup

San Luis Reservoir

Gilroy

That is one of the most boring stretches of highway in the state...Pretty in it's own way if you like miles of rolling golden hills, but not much else along there.

If you have a couple more hours you could cut through Paso Robles to Big Sur and head up Highway 1. That would be a far more interesting drive.

BTW welcome to the forum.

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2. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Yep, that is a very boring route. You set the cruise control at 80mph try not to fall asleep ;)

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3. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Do stop at Casa De Fruta after you pass the resevoir on 152.

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4. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

If we do have to rush back we take 5 with just a coffee break at the Starbucks just below the grapevine and then drive all the way down 5 holding our nose as the hit Cowalinga and I guess if you are going to San Jose, you take 152 but we drive on 5 further up

Edited: 08 June 2012, 19:14
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5. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

There's nothing until you reach 152, and then you've got fruit stands and aforementioned Casa de Fruta. And Gilroy at the intersection of 101 and 152. But 5 itself? Make sure you've got good music or books on tape. .

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6. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Although longer, taking Hwy 126 from Santa Clarita to Hwy 101 in Ventura and onward to San Jose would be much more of a scenic drive, and cooler.

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7. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Not sure why Gilroy has been mentioned....it's not on Hwy 5.

Anyways....On Hwy 5 you can see:

Fort Tejon. http://www.forttejon.org/maps.html

The Los Banos Historical Museum in Los Banos

Delicato Vineyards in Manteca (if you go that far)

Basically....not much to see. Take the suggestion to go via 126 to the 101 N and onward to San Jose. Way more picturesque.

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8. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

If you like steak, a good place to stop on Highway 5 is Harris Ranch (its also a nice place to stay overnight with its Olympic Size Swimming pool and many jacuzzi areas.)

http://www.harrisranch.com/index2.php

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9. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

"Not sure why Gilroy has been mentioned....it's not on Hwy 5."

No, but if you are going to San Jose by the quickest route, you'll pass through Gilroy after leaving I-5.

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10. Re: Highway 5 North to San Jose

Yes, that is absolutely correct. Hopefully RuthDeW sees that just taking the 101 N is the more desireable route.