Seattle to LA Road rip

Started Jun 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
Doug Pardee
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Re: Seattle to LA Road rip
In reply to drh681, Jun 7, 2013

drh681 wrote:

I'd only add that Highway 1 from Monterey to Morro Bay is 150 miles of mountain road. A very strenuous drive if you are alone.

I can't really recommend that Big Sur drive in your situation. Yes, it's very pretty on a sunny day. But the road demands to be taken slowly, and photographic opportunities are limited and will take some time: finding a place to pull over, hiking back to the spot of interest, climbing up or down the slopes to get the right angle, etc. And in the end, you get a bunch of almost interchangeable photos of rocky coastline. Very nice photos, yeah, but there's a sameness about them.

And if it happens to be foggy that day, your speed will be further reduced and your photos won't be so spectacular.

Highway 1 through Big Sur is a 2-lane road with essentially no alternative routes once you get on it. Accidents, land slides, road construction, etc. can set you back by hours. CalTrans has the following notice (sorry for the all-caps, but that's the way they report it):

1-WAY CONTROLLED TRAFFIC 13.4 MI NORTH OF BIG SUR /AT ROCKY CREEK RD/ (MONTEREY CO) FROM 0700 HRS TO 2100 HRS MONDAY THRU WEDNESDAY & 24 HRS A DAY FROM 0700 HRS THURSDAY TO 2100 HRS SUNDAY THRU 9/1/13 - DUE TO CONSTRUCTION

Personally, I'd do anything possible to get to Yosemite. By driving the main road through Yosemite, you can stop at just about any wide spot and take an amazing photo. Almost every photo you've seen of Yosemite was taken within a few feet of the main road. Okay, some of the photos were taken within a few feet of the spur road out to Glacier Point.

Getting to and from Yosemite, maybe not so scenic. A chance to make up some lost time.

Please do allow plenty of time for the LA traffic at the end of your trip. It sounds like you're okay, planning to arrive the day (night) before.

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