Originally Posted by GrandBob
OK, but you're gonna miss the best scenery that way!
Your last chance to get off highway 1 before the Big Sur coast is at Monterey. Take CA 68 west to Salinas, then US 101 south all the way down to LA. Beware of the speed trap at King City; slow down to the limit for 5 miles before and 5 miles after King City. Other than that, you're golden.
For a slightly faster, and certainly more boring, route, assuming you're coming down Highway 1 from SF to Santa Cruz, you can try the following. Exit 1 at the Main St Watsonville exit (CA 152). Follow it through town (notice the beautiful historic Catholic church on your right). When you're almost out of town, turn left on CA 129 (Burger King, just before the bridge). Take 129 about 10 miles to US 101. Go south on 101 for just a couple of miles. Exit on CA 156 east. Follow the 156 bypass around Hollister (i.e., don't go into Hollister, unless you're curious about the town where The Wild Ones
with Marlon Brando was shot). 156 ends when it dumps into CA 152. Continue east on CA 152 over Pacheco pass. A few miles on the other side of the pass, you can pick up Interstate 5 south, which you'll take all the way to DLR.
This is all my neck of the woods. It's actually easier than it sounds. Or you can rely on your GPS
Ahhhh the infamous Pachecho Pass - formerly known as Blood Alley. That was a nasty stretch of road back in the day. DH and I used to drive from Los Angeles to Morgan Hill/San Jose 2-3 x's a month. This was 20-25 years ago. We took just about every route there is
Hwy 152 always included a stop at Casa De Fruita for some weird exotic fruit wine and some sort of snack!
For years the state was working on widening that road to 2 lanes with dividers, did they ever finish it? Once we moved to Nevada we no longer came up from the South and I haven't been over Pachecho in years.