Tell us where you are coming from on I 5 and where you want to end up on 101 and you will get more accurate answers. I 5 is a long freeway and so is 101. there are a lot of ways to get there but why fight that traffic if you can go another way.
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It depends on whether you are north or south of San Francisco. Highway 101 becomes a city street in San Francisco. When you are headed south from Marin County on 101, it becomes a city street just after you get off of the Golden Gate Bridge. If you are headed north on 101 from San Mateo County, it becomes a city street in the downtown area.
So, if you are southbound on I-5, stay on it until, if you are headed southbound, you get to Highway 580. Turn left (west) onto Highway 580, proceed to Interstate 80, take the I-80 turnoff from 580 to head briefly south on 580 to Highway 92 and the Hayward Bridge, turn west again onto Highway 92, proceed over the Hayward Bridge (gorgeous view), and take the Highway 101 southbound exit from 92.
If you headed northbound on I-5, Chjris is correct. Stay there until you get to Highway 12, then go west on 12 until you get to Petaluma and turn north onto 101.
sandy meadows wrote:
what is the best route to get from I-5 to Hwy 101 arount the San Francisco bay area
If going north of SF I would stay on I5 until you get to 20 at Williams then cross over to 101. Why not skip all the traffic and in my humble opinion there isn't much to see between SF and Jct 101 and 20. All the good sites are north of that area.
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