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Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

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Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

Hi.

We are considering driving from Yountville all the way down to Santa Barbara in one day later this week (if we do it we will be setting out on Thursday morning).

If we are to do it we would like to take the scenic highway 1 route through Carmel,Big Sur etc.

I realise this will be a long days driving but we only have one day to spare so we either do it in one day or not at all.

My question really is what would you recommend as the best route to take from Yountville to join up with highway 1 heading South?

The routes shown in google maps go via the 680,580 and 101 & avoid San Francisco city altogether.

Would you recommend doing this and then cutting over to highway 1 around San Jose or what would be our best option?

Thanks a lot in advance for your help

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1. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

You really don't realize how long a drive that it. That is WAY too long a drive to do in one day. Even SF to SB via highway 1 makes a long 2 DAY drive.

Yountville to SB via Highway 101 will be 7 hours or so.

Rethink.

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2. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

This is not a recommended plan....it would be a very long day, even through some of the most beautifuI coast in the world. The road is slow and there is so much to see that it would be a terrible thing to rush it.

It would be ideal if you could drive from Yountville to the Monterey area and then start the Big Sur drive the next morning. Even so, it will be a long drive to Santa Barbara. Could you take half a day and that night from the wine country?

If one were to do try it anyway, I would get to the Monterey area as soon as possible in the morning. The 680,580.101,152 West route will be the fastest. You won't be using Hwy 1, then, until Monerey/Carmel. I wouldn't cut over at San Jose. That takes you to Santa Cruz over the coast range on a winding road, and the trip from Santa Cruz to Monterey is inland and not on the coast.

I am sure some others will come in and give you more reasons why your plan is not a good idea. But good luck.

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3. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

You will also run into mega-rush hour traffic on a weekday.

Just not a good plan.

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4. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

Hmm it sounds like I should really have a rethink on this plan.Thanks for the input guys.

Too late at this stage to change other days around to give us more time.

So it's probably a choice now between abandoning any drive south or just going part of the way instead.

How far south do you reckon would be doable as a drive in one day from Yountville that would give us a nice flavour of the area?

We would probably stay around Carmel/Monterey for the night.

Thanks again for your help

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5. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

I thought from your OP that you were heading to SoCal. Are you just trying to get as far down the coast as possible?

It would help to know your basic itinerary.

You could drive Yountville to Monterey/Carmel in a day but I would suggest Highway 101 and across the GG Bridge rather than down the East Bay. Traffic is just preposterous in that area.

You can hit Highway 1 south of SF for a coastal drive to Monterey. It's not Big Sur but it's nice. It will still be a 4 hour drive from Yountville to Monterey via Highway 101 and the coast. But not a horrible stuck-in-traffic one.

Here's the route: http://goo.gl/maps/B6lbf

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6. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

Thanks so much for that WhiteDahlia.

We are unfortunately not going to Southern California on this trip due to time constraints.

We need to be back in San Francisco by around lunchtime on the Friday so we only really have Thursday (we are staying in Yountville on the Wednesday night).

We were just thinking if we could fit in Monterey/Carmel/Big Sur it might be a nice way to spend a day rather than in the city itself.

Thanks again for your input.Much appreciated

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7. Re: Yountville to Santa Barbara via highway 1

"...We need to be back in San Francisco by around lunchtime on the Friday"...

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So why are driving ALL the way to Santa Barbara via the coast the day before? There's NO point. You wouldn't get there until late evening only to leave VERY early the following morning to be back in SF by lunch time.

Here's what I suggest: Yountville down to Big Sur as far as McWay Falls @ Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, but then returning to Monterey for the night. This gets in the best parts of the Big Sur drive while not putting you 5 1/2 to 6 hours away from SF.

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