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Driving HWY1

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Driving HWY1

Hi we are a family of 4, couple with 2 young kids, driving down to San Diego from SFO.

Plan to stop at Monterey and Santa Barbara 1 night each before heading to San Diego.

Are they good places to overnight?

Guess the Drive is not more than 3-4 hours each day with stops.

Should we take another night at either of these places? Or a day is good to take in the sights here?

Have only 1 week and need to spent about 3 nights in San Diego.

Suggest places to stop by along the route over the drive and places to eat.

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1. Re: Driving HWY1

Hi

Go up one level to the California state forum page. tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28926-i29-Califor…

Open the full TripAdvisor website, not the mobile app. Look on the right side of that page at the Top Questions. There are several articles about this lovely drive.

Pismo Beach is probably a better place to stop than Santa Barbara. There is a lot to do & see south of Monterey. Read about the coastal towns and the length of time to drive (3-4 hrs without any stops, not 3-4 hours with stops.)

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A week isn't enough time to fit in SF, the coast and San Diego. This will be a very rushed trip, IMO.

Monterey to Santa Barbara via the coast is close to a 5 hour drive WITHOUT stops. Since a good deal of the coastal drive is elevated with sheer drop offs and lots of tight hairpin turns, it can be an exhausting experience for the driver who must pay attention to their driving. I wouldn't venture any further than Pismo Beach after leaving Monterey. You'll likely be ready to call it a day by then.

Pismo Beach to San Diego is approx. a 5 hour drive without stops or heavy traffic getting through the LA Basin.

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Thanks All.

Is there a possibility that we drive up to Monterey/ cambria on day 1, stay 2 nights and then do a shorter route to drive upto Orange county?

We start from SFO on 13th and need to reach Orange County by 16th evening.

Suggest routes and drive times.

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4. Re: Driving HWY1

These are great questions but they have nothing to do with San Francisco. Please copy your questions and paste them into a new thread on the California state forum page.

Be clear if you are starting from the city of San Francisco SF or the airport SFO.

tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g28926-i29-Califor…

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5. Re: Driving HWY1

"....then do a shorter route to drive upto Orange county?"....

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There isn't a realistic shorter route, but most of the drive from Cambria is on faster moving highway/freeway. The best scenery will be behind you at this point.

From Cambria..continue south on Highway 1 to San Luis Obispo and connect with Highway 101 south. Cambria to Orange County is approx. a 5 hour drive without stops.

Just an FYI: SF to Cambria is a 6 hour drive WITHOUT stops. You won't have much time for stops in Santa Cruz, Monterey, Carmel or Big Sur.

Edited: 07 March 2014, 17:52
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Your travel plans are trying to see a large area in a very short space of time. Also you haven't mentioned the time of year which can have a big impact on weather and crowds. You may want to choose a few area to see off of Highway 101 like Monterey, or San Luis Obisbo, then head back to 101 for your travel to San Diego.

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7. Re: Driving HWY1

PacificNWfamily be more imaginable, don't send them some where else for suggestions, you must have driven the coast being so close...they are looking for some expertize,not other links, being from Washington i am assuming you were here many many times....looking for real-times not other times experience..

Edited: 08 March 2014, 00:26
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8. Re: Driving HWY1

Why shouldn't the OP be directed to the proper forum? They posted in the SF form (pushing someone's SF question off page 1 and into oblivion) and with every response the same thing happens to someone else.

Especially on busy forums there is nothing wrong with getting people to the proper forum. Not to mention that the CA forum has a lot of information in the Top Questions. Yes, I know many people don't like being directed there. However, they are a gold mine of great information and give people a feeling for what has been asked (and answered) many, many times before.

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Yes what White Dahlia said. There is much information on this drive in the Top Questions in the California Forum, and it has a wider readership, so OP is apt to get a better range of information from more people who have the "expertise", having driven it. and/or live in the area(s).

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10. Re: Driving HWY1

The proper forum? No guarantees of good information there, search around..Monterey, no comparison to Carmel....Carmel hands down....

Edited: 08 March 2014, 01:10