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1. Posted by omrilac (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hey all!

This is a new thread in continue to my intial thread for tips on a drive from Las-Vegas to San-Francisco to LA.

Basically i was planning on doing the above mentioned trip in 4 days net time (!).
After reading some advices posted from other travelers i desided to change the destination from SF to San Diego.
Also, we've added a day to our trip making it 5 days.

I understand that the drive from LV to SD is about 5 hours give or take. i guess we'll be chossing one of the famouse places there - either the Zoo or Seaworld. other then that we'll be catching the atmosphear while driving arround town.

So, from SD we'll be heading towards LA which is about 2.5 hours drive from what i heard.

My main question is: is it possible to take the coast road (101 US01?) from SD to LA or is it just highways?

We don't have mouch planned for LA since i've been there many times before and the main reason for going there is becasue my friends want to go to Universal Studios.
A day and a half will be more then enough for LA:
First day will contain the alley market downtown, checking in to the motel and then going to the santa-monica boardwalk and then maybe take a walk down Hollywood blvd.
The next day we'll be going to Universal early in the morning and by the afternoon we'll be heading back to Vegas (4.5-5) hours drive considering trafic.

So questions are:

1) is it possible to take the coast road?
2) what else is recommanded in San-Diego for a 2 days stay give or take.

Thank you all!


2. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 2003 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Since you are going from Las Vegas to San Diego first, you should just stay on I-15 (Interstate 15) all the way. It's 5 hours, so the best stopping points are either in Victorville or in Temecula. It's all desert and rocky hills the whole way.

Going back to LA, you take I-5. Hwy 101 and Interstate 5, also known as I-5 (major freeway) are really the exact same road once you are south of Los Angeles. It's a 120 mile drive, meaning exactly 2 hours with no traffic. Unfortunately there is always traffic leaving or arriving back near LA. On the San Diego end there is never any traffic except right at 5 PM, and even then it's light.

The trip is great all the way from San Diego to Irvine--very pretty and a nice drive. North of Irvine, it's mostly all traffic and metro area (crowded). You should stop either at the mission at San Juan Capistrano, or near Oceanside for a quick break, or just make it a straight shot right on through from SD to LA.

While in SD, besides Sea World, the Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park, consider going out to Mission Bay for a sail, go to Old World San Diego for great Mexican food and margaritas and fun shopping--and go to the gaslight district downtown for a lot of fun also. Also, consider La Jolla for golfing and the Del Mar race track (open during the summer) for a day of thoroughbred horse racing.

Since you only have two days, this should keep you busy enough. If you had more time (like another 2-3 days) , I'd say go to Rosarita Beach (summer resort that has FOX Studios Mexico where they filmed the movies Titanic and Master and Commander), Puerto Nuevo (small town famous for its 17 (!) lobster restaurants) or Ensenada--all of which are across the border in Mexico.