Las Vegas , Highway 1 and San Francisco
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Jan 14, 2012 11:59 AM Last Post By: lalrow
Jan 7, 2012 5:31 PM
Las Vegas , Highway 1 and San FranciscoHi ,
We are planning to fly from Buffalo to Las Vegas around last week of April / First week of May for 10 days , return flight is from SFO (San Francisco). Me and my wife are in late 20’s and are interested in following
Little bit sightseeing famous places
Hiking / Biking - easy trails
Little bit of night life
My understading is Scenic / best sections of highway 1 drive from LA to SFO are
A) Santa Monica through Malibu to Oxnard
B) Around Big sur , Monterey
Source > http://gocalifornia.about.com/cs/bigsur/a/highwayone.htm
In Summary this is our plan with some gaps .
Night 01 - Las Vegas
Night 02 - Grand Canyon
Night 03 - Las Vegas
Night 04 - Las Vegas
Night 05 - ??
Start: Highway 1 drive
Night 06 - ??
Night 07 - Monterey
End: Highway 1 drive
Night 08 - San Francisco
Night 09 - San Francisco
I have few questions
Q1 . Night 5 Stop - We would be leaving Las vegas around noon on day 5 and reach in Los Angeles area around evening .
We are not planning to spend too much time in LA city but since its on the way we would like to see anything
which can see from outside for example hollywood sign .
I am confused about where to stay , like should we stay east of LA city , Right in LA city or Near Santa Monica
My main concern here we should not be wasting too much time in the morning traffic next day (day 06 ) just for reaching Santa Monica.
Q2 . Night 6 stop - We would like to reach Cambria late evening on day 06 with small stops ( 30 - 60 mins ) on Santa Monica , Malibu, Oxnard , Santa Barbara but if looks like impractical we might spend the night in Santa barbara and then continue . Any pointers here ?
Any other pointers would also be great
Jan 7, 2012 6:07 PM
1On the drive from Vegas to LA:
-Stop in Baker to get some crappy overpriced beef jerky and gaze at the largest broken thermometer in the world
-Get your photo right outside of Baker by the Zzyzx sign.
-For a good view of the Hollywood sign and most of LA I would take a spin around Mulholland Drive. There's a viewpoint near the east end of the street, above the Hollywood Bowl.
That night you might as well stay in Santa Monica if you're heading up the coast immediately. Once you arrive in LA it should take you about an hour to get there. Leaving Vegas at 12 and stopping for lunch, stretch breaks etc., you'll be in Santa Monica anywhere from 6-9.
On day 6 Cambria is definitely not undoable. Get up early and have breakfast somewhere in Santa Monica/Venice. Personally I would skip Oxnard and do a longer lunch and a visit to the mission in Santa Barbara. You should cut up to the 101 from Gaviota, through Buelton (with a side trip to Solvang, specifically for a gross $1 burger and some inane $2 t-shirts at the Shelbi Ranch ), then gun it to Pismo Beach, take in San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay before getting to Cambria. If you're there earlier than you'd like to be you could go see the elephant seals at San Simeon.
Jan 7, 2012 8:01 PM
You say you like natural landscapes and scenery, so I personally would consider leaving Las Vegas in the morning on day 5 and heading to LA via Death Valley. It will likely be quite hot there, so just be prepared for that. Its just an option anyway.
Jan 7, 2012 11:39 PM
3Thanks for the inputs Yosemitebaz and Bertieppants.
A question on your comment
If I reach late evening at Cambria . Can I see them next day morning Or its that evening time is better to see them ?
Jan 8, 2012 12:02 AM
4Q1: since you'll be coming into L.A. around 5pm, you could just go to Santa Monica for a hotel. You won't really see the Hollywood Sign at night, it is not lit up. I would not waste time with certain touristy parts of Hollywood (Chinese Theater, Walk of Fame). However, East Hollywood, as you mentioned a little bit of nightlife, has some of the hippest neighborhoods in the U.S. Downside is, you'll only find basic motels (which may not be a problem). Check out Silverlake (sunset junction), Los Feliz (vemont and hillhurst ave). Maybe even or Atwater Village (along Glendale Blvd), which is still hip but on the fringes. Those would be my recommendations on Hwood. Back to Santa Monica, you could get a hotel room, enjoy the pier, shopping, and eating out there. It might also give you a head start and more time to pull off the road en route to Cambria.
Q2: Cambria is definitely doable. There is a winery or two up there you could end the day with, try a tasting. Malibu could be fun to drive through. If you want bragging rites, drive through it. Zuma Beach would make a good spot to get out and get your feet in the sand, walk along the beach. You can cut Malibu out (if you want) by driving the 101 to Ventura. I can't say I've stopped in Oxnard. Ventura could be a stop, same with Santa Barbara. There's a quiet town of Ojai, which is beautiful, but not sure if you have the time to peel off for it.
I thnk Cambira makes a good stop. If you want to fit it in the next day to Monterey, there is Hearst Castle at San Simeon. But I reckon that would gobble up 4 hours, and you probably want to see the views along PCH. Monterey again makes a good stop, and will evenly break up your trip to San Francisco.
You mentioned hiking, griffith park (drive to the griffith observatory and start there) has easy hikes with panoramic views of L.A. But this too would require 2 to 3 hours. The trails close at 10pm. The top of Mt. hollywood (due north from the observatory) has great views, and there is a quick and easy route to Mt. Lee (which puts you above and behind the hollywood sign). Walking around the Observatory might be enough, as you have tine concerns.
Good neighborhood with night life in S.F. is Marina District.
Hope it helps. Please feel free to ask more Qs. Enjoy your visit!
P.S. Prepare for a desolate drive from Las Vegas to L.A! You'll feel like it's the surface of the moon.
Edited by: inindo
Jan 8, 2012 7:40 AM
Jan 9, 2012 12:46 PM
Jan 9, 2012 7:59 PM
Jan 9, 2012 9:42 PM
8nrclibn (5) is spot on. They'll be there at both times, but I was thinking if you got there with an hour or two before sundown you could go check them out, then head back to Cambria for dinner etc. They'd also make a good first stop the next morning.
Keep in mind that even during the summer, on the coast between Santa Barbara and Monterey the fog sometimes doesn't lift fully until about noon or later. It's not going to affect your photographs, but it just won't be as sunny as you might think.
Jan 14, 2012 11:54 AM
Jan 14, 2012 11:59 AM
From what I read it seems like sunset in L.A. would be around 7:30 P.M. that time of year . Would'nt this give me 2 hours if I reach L.A. around 5 P.M.
Sorry I should asked this earlier .
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