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Old 02-26-2013, 05:04 PM   #16
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Oh, and we like to leave early, as in 5 or 6am, so we can avoid the LA afternoon traffic.
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:47 PM   #17
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Oh, and we like to leave early, as in 5 or 6am, so we can avoid the LA afternoon traffic.
Same with us. Sometimes we leave at 4am, but then we tend to hit LA morning traffic, and that's not much fun either.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:02 PM   #18
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I was forgetting too that we probably will drive on a Sunday so I assume there should be no rush hour.

I definitely want to hit an In n Out burger since we have none out here... And Jack n the box....and Carl's jr lol
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:08 PM   #19
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Have you been to In N Out? Yummy! We have one, here, where I live, too. But it's nice to find one while traveling.
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Old 02-26-2013, 06:26 PM   #20
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It's been about 20 years, but Anderson's split pea soup is a good restaurant to stop at. You will see signs for it on I5, can't miss it, has an In-N-Out right next to it. As others said, I-5 is the fastest (if you leave early and traffic is good, can make good time, my record was a little over 6hrs from Dublin (east bay) to our hotel and we left I think at 6am for that.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:11 PM   #21
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Seems that the 5 through LA is always crawling. We've tried a different route that has car pool lanes pretty much all the way in LA. Going from SF to DL:

1) 101 to 152; or 280 to 85 to 101 to 152 (much more scenic and can usually drive faster )
2) 152 to 5
3) 5 to 405
4) 405 to 105
5) 105 to 605
6) 605 to 91
7) 91 to 5
8) you're there!

Whew! That avoids the traffic areas on 80, 205 and 5. YMMV. Basically, don't be at either end of the trip from 4-8PM. That's when the traffic is the worst IMHO.

We just spent about $130 on gas going down and back. At that cost, it's almost cheaper to fly if going solo. For multiple people, driving is cheaper...
To avoid most of the L.A. traffic, get off the 5 when you get into the north part of the San Fernando Valley and take the 210 freeway east all the way to the 57 freeway. Then you take the 57 freeway south all the way to Anaheim. From there you can either get off the Ball Road exit and drive about 5-10 minutes west on surface streets to Disneyland or stay on the 57 to the 5 north and take the 5 for about an exit to Katella.
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Old 02-26-2013, 07:16 PM   #22
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To avoid most of the L.A. traffic, get off the 5 when you get into the north part of the San Fernando Valley and take the 210 freeway east all the way to the 57 freeway. Then you take the 57 freeway south all the way to Anaheim. From there you can either get off the Ball Road exit and drive about 5-10 minutes west on surface streets to Disneyland or stay on the 57 to the 5 north and take the 5 for about an exit to Katella.
While this avoids downtown LA traffic, the traffic on the 210 through Pasadena and Monrovia is very painful at rush hour as well. Do not think you will avoid all traffic by going this route!

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While this avoids downtown LA traffic, the traffic on the 210 through Pasadena and Monrovia is very painful at rush hour as well. Do not think you will avoid all traffic by going this route!

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We do the 5 -> 210 -> 605 -> 91 EAST -> 5, and while the traffic is slow through Pasadena, we beat the other car we were traveling with (who went straight on the 5) by 35 mins. (Hit the 5/210 at 615p...) We have tried the 57 also, it was 10 min longer.

We do the 210 route unless we are hitting the 210/5 area after 830p.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:11 PM   #24
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I would recommend not taking 101 from Sf to LA. Split Pea Andersen's is not the restaurant it used to be. The scenery is not that much better in my opinion and traffic on I-5 can go faster.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:47 PM   #25
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Also, your ticker shows you're going during winter months. For this, I would avoid using 5 because sometimes snow will close down the Grapevine and you'll be forced to take an alternate route. On top of that, there are very large stretches on 5 that don't have any rest stops, gas stations, etc. When I was first starting to drive to my college, my parents didn't want me taking 5 because they were worried that if I had a flat tire, I would be harder to get to than if I was on 101. I agree with a previous post that Pismo is a great place to stop to take a break. San Luis Obispo County is a rough midway point between SF and Anaheim if you're taking 101. If you want the wonderful clam chowder without the super long line, Splash has another location in San Luis Obispo. The tradeoff is that you don't get to see the beautiful beaches when you step outside the restaurant. I would take the scenic route, even if it's 2 hours longer because interesting things to see make the drive go by quicker
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:58 AM   #26
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I would recommend not taking 101 from Sf to LA. Split Pea Andersen's is not the restaurant it used to be. The scenery is not that much better in my opinion and traffic on I-5 can go faster.
Just to clarify, there are Andersen's Split Pea restaurants on both routes (101- Buellton, 5- Santa Nella).

I find the scenery MUCH better on 101 but 5 is definitely faster. If I'm driving alone with my kids I usually take 101 unless I'm really pressed for time.

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Old 02-27-2013, 11:04 AM   #27
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There is an In N Out burger on I-5 at the big stop right before the grapevine. Also a Jack and the Box.

The grapevine being closed to snow is pretty rare.

the long stretches between possible stops on I-5 is like 20-30 minutes at the most. Usually there is something every 10-15 minutes, assuming the flow of traffic is like it usually is (around 80mph).
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At "The Big Stop" just before the Grapevine, there is a ton of different places. Taco Bell, Wendy's, In & Out, McDonalds, StarBucks, a couple of sit downs, and expensive gas. Try and fill up before you get here. The I-5 drive is very boring, and the stops are far between. But it is MUCH faster than the 101. If time is not important, and you don't mind adding 2 hours to your drive, the 101 is very pretty (heck, take the 1!) But if time is important, take the 5.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #29
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Just as an aside, I remember as a kid, our family stopping at Lost Hills on I-5. That place has a lot of the usual roadside stops - gas stations, truck stops, fast food, and short order restaurants.

Still - the name used to scare the heck out of me. We'd often get off at night, and as a kid the name just weirded me out. It sounded like we were entering the Bermuda Triangle or something where we'd never make it out.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:13 PM   #30
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I-5 will get you there faster, not much in way of food. Pea Soup Anderson's is our stopping place, although you could always take a short detour to Bakersfield for some Basque cuisine.

The 101 will add about 2 hours, much more scenic drive however. You'll want to stop in Santa Maria and seek out TriTip BBQ.
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