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The majority agrees with me. Timmac, I drove I-5 through LA one time with a older and smaller 5er. And never again.
I will go to Kramer's junction and take I-15.
Timeroll, no I plan on doing it in 2 days.
You know I was going to Vegas all the time. My son and his family lived there. Now he is moving to San Diego. It is shorter, but I think longer in time. we will see.


For me the only real difficult of I-5 is thru LA but all the exiting to this highway to that highway and than back to this highway than go south to this highway and such seems also like a pain in the a$$..

For me I like the one straight highway into SD even if the traffic sucks in certain areas..

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Did this trip a little bit ago. Took 5 the entire way and didn't hit any traffic except just around LA. Road conditions were excellent except on the north bound trip descending the grapevine where the number 3&4 lanes are just pot hole heaven.


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1320Fastback wrote:

Did this trip a little bit ago. Took 5 the entire way and didn't hit any traffic except just around LA. Road conditions were excellent except on the north bound trip descending the grapevine where the number 3&4 lanes are just pot hole heaven.


Yea I have in the past tried going different routes and still had traffic issues and potholes in So Cali when I travel there often to see family I now just take the straight shortest route and head out at certain time to avoid the rush hour..

All the changing of highways and turns to go this way than back that way to avoid issues hardly ever works..

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Hear that, I used to go 15/91/71/210/5 northbound and reverse it coming south but living close to the coast the only alternate I take now is the 5/57. It's too much hassle to drive that far out of the way to save 5 minuets over all.

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What is the "best" time to drive thru LA? Heading South on I-5, I would guess that the time would be afternoon, around 1 pm or no later than 3 pm.
Heading North, is it around 9am?

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Sadly, the only good time is between 2 am and 4 am. I am not kidding. So, for example, if you head south into LA on the 5 at 1 pm, you will sail all the way to the 134 and then will usually crawl from there to the 605.

If you don't want to travel in the middle of the night, your best bet (from either direction) is to approach LA at around 10:30 am -- you will be clear of the mess around 1:30 pm.

On weekends, earlier in the day is always better. You'd think weekends would be lighter, but nope. The traffic is shifted to the afternoon and evening, but still lots and lots of cars.

If you do travel at 2 am, be aware that the bars close at that time, so watch the drunks. The good news is that everyone is texting all the time, so everyone drives like a drunk all the time.

If this sounds a little apocalyptic, it is. I live here. And until recently, I have been commuting back and forth to LA on the 5 for 30 years.

And when we drag our trailer through LA, and DW won't tolerate a 3 am trip, I leave the house at 10 am and hope for the best.

One more tip -- on the southbound 5, just after the 10 interchange, watch your lane selection -- it is easy to get shunted off onto the wrong freeway at that point if you are not paying careful attention to the signs.


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Thanks profdant. I am convinced that the way heading south is not to take I-5 through LA. You sold me. I will find another way. I think the moderator has a way by taking I-5 to the I-210 and going to the I-15 to San Diego area.

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The 210 might be better. When it was first built, it was free-flowing all the time. Now it gets jammed up, just like all the other routes. Southbound gets bad around 3 pm, northbound is bad in the morning.

You probably already know this, but Google Maps has a feature where you can look at typical traffic on a particular route as of specified times. My kids know how to use that feature. I don't, unfortunately. But it helps us predict how bad the traffic is going to be.

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One more thing about the 210, and this is important -- when you are northbound, and you are approaching Pasadena, get over to the right. The signage is terrible and it is easy to miss the the exit from the 210 north to the 210 north. (That is not a typo.)

Don't ask me how I learned that the signs provide almost no warning at that point.

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My son and his family are moving from Las Vegas to San Diego. While it is a bit shorter to San Diego, I realize the traffic will hold us up. It was a straight shot and easier to go to Vegas. Oh Well. I am retired, and will take my time.

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