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Best way to go from San Diego to north of LA (by car)?

Old Aug 14th, 2006, 12:59 PM
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Best way to go from San Diego to north of LA (by car)?

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We are driving from San Diego to San Luis Obispo and wondering what the best way is for us to get from San Diego to San Luis Obispo. Mostly we just want to know the quickest way to get through LA (my husband likes to utilize the HOV lanes). This will be about 10 am on a weekday. So, 405, 5, others? 405 seemed pretty good except for a few miles with no HOV, but I just thought I'd see if there's another route.

Thanks for any suggestions!
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Old Aug 14th, 2006, 01:32 PM
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5N to 405N to 101N.

I've also done 5N to 101N and sometimes it was quicker but many times it took longer. The road is tight, very congested, usually with some sort of construction.

My advice is while en route listen to the traffic reports and before you get to Irvine then choose either 405 or 5 to get through LA.

Leaving SD at 10 am you should avoid most of the major commute traffic.
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Old Aug 14th, 2006, 01:58 PM
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saps is right. Your two choices are either I-5 N all the way to US-101 N, or I-5 N to I-405 N to US-101 N. The former runs you right through downtown Los Angeles (which can be a downright pain); the latter takes you through the dreaded 405-101 interchange. Luckily, the drive gets much more pleasant as you get north of LA, so unpleasant memories of LA traffic should fade nicely.
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And if you take the 405, be sure to take the Toll road from I5. It's the 73 to Long Beach.
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Old Aug 14th, 2006, 04:03 PM
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I definitely agree with the advice about the toll road. A friend and I were going from LAX to SD on a weekday afternoon and the freeways were so clogged. Even the carpool lanes were moving slow. We got on 73 and it was like heaven - only a few dollars and no traffic to speak of.
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And make sure your gas tank id full before hitting teh road and before getting into LA..made the mistake of neding gas in LA once and that was enough to scare me for 100 Hallowens...
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405 and can be crowded 7/24 as it passes the beach areas of Orange County, South Bay, and the airport. 5 gets choked to only 2-3 lanes after Anaheim and the downtown exchanges can be very bad during lunch time.

I say take 15 N to 91 W to 71 N to 210 to 134 to 101.

Also depends where in San Diego you are leaving from.
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