California, driving down 101 last week of July
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jun 18, 2013 9:24 PM Last Post By: JoanR
Jun 17, 2013 11:46 AM
California, driving down 101 last week of JulyThank you all for help with my last question.
We are continuing to make plans here and we are looking into driving down along the Pacific Coast.
Will it be one long crazy traffic jam during that time of year?
Any parts that are better than others?
We will be in Portland roughtly around July 24 to 25th, then on our way to San Francisco. Trying to decide how to best break up that 10 to 12 hour streach.
Thank you all!
Jun 17, 2013 12:18 PM
1101 runs along the coast only as far south as Eureka, where it turns inland. After 90 minutes or so of redwoods, Hwy. 1 starts up and heads to the coast, which it follows all the way to LA. 101 is a much faster through-road, and becomes a full freeway another hour south of the Hwy. 1 split.
If you stick to the coast (rather than sticking to 101), there are only a couple towns of any size along the entire way that are big enough to produce traffic. 101 is a surface street through Eureka, the biggest town on the north coast, but even that is enough to slow you down by only a few minutes. South of there the only traffic problems you'll face will involve waiting for an opportune moment to pass a slow-moving Winnebago.
As for the most scenic parts... well, the whole thing is gorgeous. The most famous part of Hwy. 1 is through Big Sur, and it sounds like you're not going that far south, but Sonoma County is pretty amazing too, especially south of Ft. Ross.
Jun 17, 2013 12:19 PM
2Highway #101 does not follow along the coast. It gives access to Highway #1 in Northern California, which does follow the Pacific Coast all of the way to Los Angeles. In Northern California, there are the redwood groves, fishing villages, and quaint farm villages along the Pacific Coast. Stop in Mendocino to visit an historic whaling town. Bodega Bay wharf has fresh seafood. Stinson Beach has good restaurants. Sausalito has good restaurants, scenery, and an artist colony, just before driving south over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco.
If you want to visit the wine country, then drive through Alexander Valley, south of Mendocino. Sonoma and Napa Counties are north of San Francisco. Highway #101 goes through Sonoma County. Highway #12 in Santa Rosa, going east, will take you past vineyards and into Napa County.
Jun 17, 2013 3:59 PM
Jun 18, 2013 9:24 PM
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