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Old 12-04-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Best Route Sacramento to LA Area

I will be heading South soon and wondered whether to take I5 or Hwy 99 from Sacramento to the LA area.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:11 PM   #2
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WE have done that route several times and find I-5 horrible. It was so bumpy that it shook our screen door apart. So we usually go 99 or 101/1. Depends on the time you have and if you want to travel with a wonderful view.

101/1 is amazing, can be a little tight on the road but we drive a 38' DP and do just fine on it.

99 is great if we are in a hurry though, but lots of stop lights as it goes through small towns.

Just an opinion. Hope what ever route you take you have a wonderful time!

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:45 PM   #3
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We go that way a few times every year, so to change scenery we often use one route or the other. I-5 was under repair this summer making many sections one lane. So this summer we took the 99. The problem with the 99 is there are many merging on-ramps as you travel through the many town. Therefore, you have to be more vigilant for cars entering the highway, especially watching out for the people who have no idea of the hazard of cutting off a MH or big rig when they enter.
If you like to stop often at "rest areas" the I-5 has the better supply.
Mileage is equal. The speed limit is 55 and that is the speed the trucks travel as the limits are enforced by CHP on both roads.
Both are easy, boring drives. I prefer the I-5 strictly because of the traffic pattern on the on-ramps.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:22 PM   #4
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I would take 5 over 99 just because it's easier. And they've done a ton of work on 5 in the past year on the bad spots.

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:29 PM   #5
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Several times up and down - I use the I5 for the reasons mentioned by others.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:47 PM   #6
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Traveled I-5 from Los Banos north to the border in Feburary this year. The only part that was really rough was through downtown Stockton. IIWM, I'd take I-5.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:48 PM   #7
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Highway 1 from Santa Cruz area down to San Luis Obisbo is beatuiful

Lots of very tight turns, not for my 41 footer! (just did it)

Next time it will be the wives convertible!
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:51 PM   #8
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I5 all the way. I used to take 99 and much more hazzardous.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:44 AM   #10
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I5 is the road for Me! Boring but easy on the nerves!
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:42 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by bukzin View Post
Highway 1 from Santa Cruz area down to San Luis Obisbo is beatuiful

Lots of very tight turns, not for my 41 footer! (just did it)

Next time it will be the wives convertible!
I would certainly never consider Hwy 1 as option. Our preference is 101, then I5, and last would be 99.

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We use I5 each year. Outside of the Sacramento area it was okay this year (November, going south). We have avoided the Conaway overpasss section of I5 for the past few years due to the roughness (I believe there may be bodies in the seams as they are so large and deep. I know some of my motor home bits are in there somewhere). We have been dropping down to I80 via CA113 at Woodland, then east on I80 to connect with I5 going south in Sacramento, (the opposite going north).

I don't know about I5 any farther south than CA46. We generally do not take I5 any farther south than the Bakersfield area as we head east on CA58 at that point in order to avoid the LA abyss (we are rural WA drivers and can't seem to play that well with LA drivers).
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:28 AM   #13
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Maybe some of the posters haven't been on 99 lately, we've been on it twice this year and it's great, much better out of Sacramento then I 5, it skirts Stockton and like someone else said going I 5 going through Stockton is busy.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:57 AM   #14
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I've always traveled the 99 because the 5 is too boring. I like all the small farming towns and fields etc along the 99 too ! Im in SoCal and my parents lived above Sac in Paradise for 22 years and made that trip many times .

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