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Old 01-21-2015, 07:39 AM   #1
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Planning a trip up the CA coast via CA 1 from San Diego to Reno. Any advise?
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North is definitely the more comfortable way to travel for your first time, no doubt. Before leaving check and make sure the road is open at CalTrans website. It can be closed at times by wash outs from big storms. Don't plan on going anywhere in a big hurry and enjoy the incredible scenery. Finally, plan were you will overnight before leaving home.
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When or where do do you plan to leave CA 1 to head to Reno?
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Best advice I have is to bring a camera!
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When or where do do you plan to leave CA 1 to head to Reno?
Middle of August, going to Burning Man.
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What are you driving? Be aware that CA 1 along the Big Sur coast has size limitations. And I would suggest avoiding taking 1 through San Francisco to connect with 80 east to Reno because traffic on city streets in SF is always a pain.

If you want to follow the coast as much as possible, you can take CA 1 all the way north to Half Moon Bay, and then cut east on 92. You could then take 101 north to 80, or continue east on 92. If you choose that option, once you cross the bay, you have the can either takie 880 north to connect with 80, or travel further east on 580 to 680, and then up to 80. There is not usually a huge time advantage with any of the options, because distance vs. traffic tend to cancel each other out.

Oh, and going east across the Bay Bridge (80) or San Mateo Bridge (92) is free, but going east on the Carquinez Bridge (80) or Bencia Bridge(680) is the toll direction.

Have a great trip!

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Having driven Highway 1 and central CA many times: I would not attempt Hiway 1 from San Simeon (Cambria), to Carmel. It is a tortuous and exhausting road even in a compact car ... I would follow 1 north almost to Cambria, take 46 east to 101, then 101 north to Salinas, then Salinas to back to 1. As posted by Mrs. M, I would also get off Hiway 1 around Pacifica, cross the Bay at San Mateo or so, and avoid the mess of downtown SF in an RV.
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