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Old 07-03-2015, 07:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anybody ever driven Hwy 1 in California?

After hitting SpeedWeek on the Bonneville salt flats in Utah, I have the crazy notion to see the Redwood trees in California and then drive the coast going south. Anybody ever made that drive (down the coast)? Is it worth the effort/agony of adding that many more miles to the trip? Any must see stops?

Driving the California coast seems like it should be a bucket list sort of item.
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:01 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well its about 600miles of coast, it interweaves with main roads, highways, coast road.
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Great drive if you've got the time. Where are you thinking about starting it? San Francisco, Pacifica, halfmoon bay?
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Old 07-03-2015, 08:45 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I grew up on it, Cali traffic is so bad I always walked. Don't think anyone had the patience to do the whole thing ever.
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Great drive if you've got the time. Where are you thinking about starting it? San Francisco, Pacifica, halfmoon bay?
I wanna start at the redwoods ...so Eureka going south.
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I live on the east coast but I remember that drive when I was 14 and on vacation with my parents ( they were driving the rental Valiant) to this day. Well worth doing.
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Old 07-04-2015, 08:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I lived in Monterey for a couple of years and thoroughly enjoyed Santa Cruz, Carmel, Big Sur, etc. there is a reason why most people drive 101 instead of 1. 1 takes forever! As others said, if you have the time and you don't mind driving slowly, do it. Otherwise, cherry pick the stretches you want to see and bounce between the 101 and 1 as necessary. My .02
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Even better, there's parts where you won't be on the coast tho. An a few side route that are worth the extra time. There's also trees of mystery, confusion hill, prehistoric gardens up that way, when you get around the Bay Area stop by pescadero genral store for some bread, an the mystery spot in santacruz. After that it gets twisty tell morro bay
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Old 07-04-2015, 10:00 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In a car I wouldn't drive it, to slow and frustrating.

However it's pretty awesome on a street bike, especially on a week day when the traffic isn't horrible. I rode a few hundred miles of it on my Ducati years ago, beautiful Vista's.
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I used to do it all the time when I was young. Probably been 15 years since I have done it. The sceenery is awesome. Do it!
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I used to live in Los Gatos and the family had to do it going to LA cuz the 61 Buick would run too hot on 101. It took a [I]long[I] time. I got to do it myself going to and from Irvine for school in a Datsun 510, wish I had more time.
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I am anxious to head west.

Plan A is to go down the coast starting near Oregon and going to almost LA and then hit Vegas on the way home.

Plan B is to start at San Francisco and go north to Seattle and then head home by way of Montana.

Any votes as to which would be a better drive?
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I guess that would depend on what type of scenery you want: desert or forest.
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I guess that would depend on what type of scenery you want: desert or forest.
Which is which?
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You need to drive ALL of the Oregon coast. Hands down, the very best of Hwy 101
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Have to agree, driven it from Oxnard to Florence on a few drifferant trips.

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You need to drive ALL of the Oregon coast. Hands down, the very best of Hwy 101
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Which is which?
You will be in the forest more on the northern route. Personally, that is the way that I would go. I think it has more variety. And like Jack said, Hwy 101 through Oregon is beautiful.
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You need to drive ALL of the Oregon coast. Hands down, the very best of Hwy 101
just watch out for the Roosevelt elk around orick that are the size of moose and stand in the middle of the road (heards of them) on hwy 101

There is a sweet cliff just coming into a small redwood forest just south of crescent city. you are climbing 800ish feet and the ocean is to your left and down
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Old 07-10-2015, 09:57 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Enjoy your drive!

Don't forget to take the obligatory flex pics if you are bringing a rig.

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Old 07-12-2015, 10:40 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Go north, OR coast is cool and ID/MT are fawking awesome. If you really want to see some beautiful country, go way north to Bonners ferry, ID and east on hwy 2. Just don't travel that type of country at night, you are pretty much guaranteed to hit an animal, and I'm not talking about a racoon or squirrel. You will see what I mean, since MT marks all highway fatalities with small white crosses, and there is a bunch on that road.

Either route is good though.
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I live on the 1, south of SF. Its pretty, but is slow in some section. But who cares, its the journey, not the destination.
Taking the 1 south to Marin is very pretty, but super windy in places. Not fast. Then youre on 101 until you cut back in to Pacifica. Taking that to Santa Cruz- only 1 ish hour drive at that point. Pretty, but I would probably cut into highway 35 ( Skyline ) in Half Moon Bay or San Gregorio, and then take that to Bonnie Dune / Davenport or even all the way to Boulder. Then continue the rest through Santa Cruz. Good camping just south East of Davenport in Big Baison . From Santa Cruz to Carmel, you'll probably take the 1, buts its more freeway, like the 101. Then from Carmel to San Louis Obispo, youre back on the 1, through Big Sur. San Simeon ( north of San Louis Obispo ) is epic. Its all very pretty. Once in San Louis Obispo, you might head a tiny bit further south to Pismo and camp. After that though, I don't know the 1 very well as it goes through the different cities in Southern California. If your'e in a hurry, you can take the 1 from San Louis Obispo to San Francisco in a day.SF to Fort Brag in a day. Or to Eureka in a LONG day.
Its all worth the drive. The fall is a great time because the kelp will be in full bloom. And September has the best weather on the coast.

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Thanks for the info
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If you have time, check out the Lost Coast trail. It's easy to moderate wheeling, great views and unpaved.
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Old 07-19-2015, 09:47 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Once you get south of Santa Cruz, Hollister is 40 ish miles out of the way.
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You need to drive ALL of the Oregon coast. Hands down, the very best of Hwy 101
Agreed.

I did Washington, Oregon and California in 2007 in my FJ60.

Best road trip to date
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