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CA central coast or Seattle/Vancouver for July 4th?

Jun 3rd, 2003, 11:34 AM
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CA central coast or Seattle/Vancouver for July 4th?

Trying to decide on where to go for a July 4th getaway -- central coast of CA (Monterey, Big Sur, Hearst Castle) or Seattle and Vancouver? I realize it may be pretty crowded driving along Hwy 1. for the central coast, but it would also be a hassle going through the airport to get to/from the Pacific Northwest.

Any suggestions?
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 11:47 AM
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I guess you're right. Presumably you're able to drive to the central coast from your home? Expect big traffic everywhere, Sea/Van not excepted.

Note July 1 is Canada Day, so if you want 2 fireworks nights in one trip, it's easily arranged.

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Jun 3rd, 2003, 12:25 PM
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I think I'd pick the Central Coast. It is one of the most beautiful coastlines that I have seen.
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 06:56 PM
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If we did central coast, does this itinerary sound ok?

Day 1 - drive from LA to Monterey via the 5/101; stay in Carmel overnight

Day 2 - explore Monterey (wharf, 17-mile drive), Carmel

Day 3 - explore Big Sur and head down Hwy 1 with some stops along the way; be at Hearst Castle around 2-3 pm for a tour; continue to Santa Barbara for an overnight stay

Day 4 - head back to LA by late afternoon
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 07:05 PM
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Traveler, Sounds like a resonable itinerary. I am not sure how accustomed you are to driving highway 1, but if being near the edge of the road bothers you I would drive north via highway 1 and back south via the 101 and the 5.

In Monterey the aquarium is worth a visit as is Point Lobos just south of Carmel.
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 08:47 PM
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Thanks for the feedback. I'm not concerned about the road, but I just wonder how much traffic there will actually be since it's a holiday weekend. Does anyone know if we can expect to have bumper-to-bumper traffic, or will it just be busy yet moving at a reasonable pace? I would think if it's a 2-lane winding road, the speeds aren't that fast anyway.
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Jun 3rd, 2003, 10:27 PM
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Getting in and out of LA will be the killer traffic. Hwy 1 will just travel at the speed of the slowest motorhome ahead of you. Monterey/Carmel will be full of people; just be sure you have lodging reservations.

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Jun 4th, 2003, 08:54 AM
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itinerary sounds good. hwy 1 is one hwy you don't mind going a little slow if there is traffic. there are so many beautiful sights to see. agree with the above post, l.a. on the 4th may be your nightmare. if you are staying in hotels, i'd book NOW.
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