Subject: Re: USA Road Trip
Hi Josie -- I don't know how much time you have, but my husband and I drove from New York to Oceanside (near San Diego) via San Francisco in August. We took the scenic route and it was well worth it. We drove down California Route 1 as far as San Luis Obisbo where we picked up the 101. We spent our first night in Monterey which is about a 2 1/2 hour or so drive from San Francisco. The next day the drive along to coast through Big Sur was absolutely spectacular -- although I'm not sure I'd want to do it in bad weather, not only because of road conditions but because there's no point in doing it unless you can actually see the view. We spent that night in Ventura, which is a quintessentially California town which seemed an updated, more upscale version of the Southern California towns I remember as a child in the 1940s. The following day we left Ventura about 9 am, taking the 101, the 405 and the 5 and arrived in Oceanside around noon. While the traffic was heavy to my upstate NY sensibilities, we never encountered anything that could be described as a traffic jam. (As a matter of fact, the only serious traffic jam we encountered on our 4000+ mile journey was in northern Indiana just south of Chicago.) Hope this helps a bit. Landra from Columbia County, NY