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Wael
Tripoli, Lebanon

Wael from Tripoli, Lebanon asked

What is the best road to take traveling from LA to San Francisco

Apart from the boring I5. I would like to know which is better to drive for a day drive between those cities. Is the 101 or hw 1? 

The intention is to have view to see. Time on the road is not a big deal as long as the view is great.

Los Angeles   San Francisco   California

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Kristal from San Francisco

Wael,

The most scenic route is definitely the highway 1. It will take you about 9 hours and is definitely the longest, but it's the most scenic. Since you only have a day I imagine you won't be stopping much, but there's Santa BarbaraMorro BayHearst CastleCarmel. Since you're driving right on the water it's beautiful the whole way through. The roads are windy and if you get caught it traffic it can extend your trip for hours due to 2 lane roads, but it's the best drive you'll get!

The drive through Big Sur and along Pacific Coast Hwy always makes it on the "most beautiful drives in America" lists.

Have fun and safe driving,

Kristal


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Christina from Los Angeles, California

Depending on weather, the highway 1 is windy but a much better view with lots of cities to stop along the way.


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David from St. Louis

Drive up the coast US 1 and spend some time in Central Coast at the beaches.


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Ben from Oakland, California

I've done all three several times, if you really don't care about time hw 1 is the way to go, however it will be over 8hrs without a doubt - gorgeous drive though.  


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Breanna from Los Angeles

Take the 1! And stop whenever you see something interesting :)

Especially when you get near Santa Barbara and Monterey. I personally adore Monterey - if you have extra time there, make sure you grab a bread bowl of clam chowder at Old Fisherman's Grotto on the wharf!


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