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Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

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Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

We are driving from Santa Barbara to Scottsdale tomorrow. Is there a driving route which would minimize the traffic around Pasadena? We plan on leaving SB about 7:30 am.

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1. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

Well, it's a tough question to answer. Do you have a time constraint to arrive in AZ? Do you want a quick route or care about any sites along the way? Also, WHY do you want to avoid Pasadena...is something going on there tomorrow?

Dr. Z

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2. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

By the time you get to Pasadena the rush hour traffic would be over. I don't think you'll encounter anything more than the usual LA traffic.

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3. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

By the time you get there, you'll be past traffic. Most of the traffic is coming into Pasadena from the east, not leaving Pasadena at that time. I'd be more concerned about traffic coming into LA from Ventura onward.

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4. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

We would like to arrive in Scottsdale as quickly as possible, the shortest and fastest way. Someone suggested this route

101 to 23 ( thousand oaks)

Turns into 118 about 6 miles until it ends

Turn right to 210 stay until it ends

Our goal is to avoid slow traffic . Good to know we will miss the big jams at that time of the day

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5. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

101->23->118->210->10 route is the one to take. If you have a smartphone, install and use the Waze app as it will reroute you in the event of a major traffic issue.

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6. Re: Driving Santa Barbara to Scottsdale

The 118 going into the SF Valley can be heavy and slow. Your saving grace there is the free carpool lane which begins at the East end of Simi Valley. Take that if you need to and you may save a few minutes.

Also, keep your AM radio tuned to KNX 1070 or KFWB 980 for frequent traffic updates. You'll get those stations as you get through Ventura.

Dr. Z

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