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Old 04-10-2013, 10:05 AM   #1
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Pismo Beach to Oregon, 101 or I-5

I'll be going to Oregon from Pismo Beach, CA in a few days. Mapquest always says to take 101 to I-680 to I-80 to I-505 which becomes I-5,
I have always taken 101 to 46 to 41 to I-5 in order to avoid the Bay Area. Mapquest says that taking 101 thru the Bay Area is 25 miles and 17 minutes closer. what do you think is the best way to go. Thanks
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Is it a matter of speed, or view? 101 is the most scenic and I-5 is the most boring. 101 is a slow and loaded with curves all the way through Oregon. Only two lanes and on the weekends it's slow. Still I'll take 101 if I'm not in a hurry.
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101 would certainly be prettier, however the 680-80 stretch could be very backed up with traffic depending on when you go through... If it were us we'd stick with the 46-41 route and get on I5 sooner rather than later.
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I have taken 101 to Paso Robles, Ca 46/41 toward Fresno/Bakerfield, about 30 milesoutof Paso left turn on 41 toward Kettleman City...I 5 just before Kettleman City and then North to Oregon. The 46/41 is good 2 lane with passing lanes. I5 is in reasoable shape. Driving time to Medford about 13 hours. Too far for me in one day. The Rolling Hills casino has an RV park for $28/night that is good for overnight/buffet.
This route avoids high traffic areas and most commute traffic. I 5 in Stockton is AWFUL forabout 5 miles...try to stay in the fast lane as it is tolerable.
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"Mapquest always says to take 101 to I-680 to I-80 to I-505 which becomes I-5, "

Yes, that is a good route if you avoid rush hours in San Jose - Walnut Creek areas.
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Yeah, if the issue is speed, I'd take the recommended route. However, we FAR prefer 101 to I5. Someone mentioned that 101 is only two lanes but that doesn't really happen until you're well north of San Francisco.

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I personally hate I-5 in CA and will try to avoid it anytime I can. I was born and raised in northern CA and would take Hwy 101 all the way with the exception of the following detour around SF.

Hwy 101 North to San Jose
I-680 North to
I-780 North (near Benicia) West to
I-80 North (near Vallejo) to
Hwy 37 West (near Marine World) to
Lakeville Hwy North to
Hwy 116 West to
Hwy 101 North to Oregon
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I also enjoy 101, but it will be much slower. At a minimum you want to detour around the Bay Area as described.

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Take 101 and enjoy the view. Come up through SF and you will be on 19th and get into the center lane and stay there until you get to the Golden Gate Bridge. I have been that way twice in the past few months. It's not that bad and no toll on the bridge north-bound. There is a slow down in Willits up 101 because they don't have the by-pass completed yet. There is a nice new section through the redwoods that they finished last year that avoids the slide areas. (by Trees of Mystery)
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Thanks for all of the great replies. I'm not all that concerned about the view, I live in Pismo Beach and have traveled 101 and hwy 1 from one end of the state to the other.
I need to make a stop for a few days in the Redding area and another in the Eugene before ending up in Newport, OR. This trip time is more important that the view. I also hate I-5, but this time I just want to get out of Ca.
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Thanks for all of the great replies. I'm not all that concerned about the view, I live in Pismo Beach and have traveled 101 and hwy 1 from one end of the state to the other.
I need to make a stop for a few days in the Redding area and another in the Eugene before ending up in Newport, OR. This trip time is more important that the view. I also hate I-5, but this time I just want to get out of Ca.

We live in Sacramento and go to Pismo at least twice a year and love it down there i do hate the drive but we go I-5 to 41 - 46 to 101 roads are not bad except for stockton but they are redoing the section of I-5 through there so watch for construction through stockton but it is only about a 5 mile section then smooth sailing up through Sac and up to redding
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