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Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

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Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

We are planning a road trip in early October along the state of California. We will be traveling from Point Mugu State Park to Joshua Tree National Park. I originally wanted to drive along the coast on the PCH on a Monday morning, cut up over at Santa Monica Blvd and then shoot out of the city. From what I have read, it sounds like that may be a bit much to try to pack in. Any advice on travel times to make that work without getting stuck in horrendous traffic or is that something to be expected when traveling through LA at any time? Advice much appreciated.

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1. Re: Drive from Malibu to LA-Best times & Worst times

Wait for morning traffic to die down. Say after 9 a.m. Take the 10 downtown. As you get across the south side of downtown, take the 60 east. A case can be made to take the 10 all the way depending on traffic. Eventually the 60 and 10 merge Far East near Beaumont.

Use sigalert.com to monitor traffic patterns real-time. Alter your route according to conditions.


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You won't have much traffic traveling south on Pacific Coast Highway to Santa Monica, where the 10 begins.

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There is usually just a brief window to avoid bad traffic. Santa Monica to downtown LA backs up by 2 pm. And the 10 east (or 60, or 210, east) also back up by then. So really, get on the road after morning rush hour, and drive right thru the whole metro area.

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