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    We're planning to drive the C4 From L.A. to San Francisco next month. Have it in my head to drive CA highway # 1 the whole way. Is that a good idea? Is it a smooth road surface or would it be better to take #101? We've been as far as the Hearst museum before. Planning to do the '17 mile drive' at Carmel. What else does anyone recommend.
    Also, does anyone have recommended lodging in either San Francisco or Lake Tahoe?
    How about highway 50 across Nevada? I've read it's pretty desolate. That's OK, but again, how's the road surface? Is there a speed limit? (We'll just miss the Silver State road race.)

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    The only thing I can answer is the question is it a good idea ??? The answer is yes.No matter what have a great time

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellovett View Post
    We're planning to drive the C4 From L.A. to San Francisco next month. Have it in my head to drive CA highway # 1 the whole way. Is that a good idea? Is it a smooth road surface or would it be better to take #101?
    The Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) is an amazing, scenic drive, but you have to remember that in a lot of small towns it goes through, it becomes 'Main Street.' Figure on lots of lights and slow traffic. If you're in a time crunch, the 101 may be better.

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    How about highway 50 across Nevada? I've read it's pretty desolate. That's OK, but again, how's the road surface? Is there a speed limit? (We'll just miss the Silver State road race.)
    Highway 50 was recently featured in an episode of Top Gear- the episode also featured Jeremy Clarkson being impressed with the new ZR1. I think it's called "The Loneliest Highway in America." The road surface is fine, but it's basically a long, straight stretch with nothing but desert to look at. You'll have to fight the urge to fall asleep from the boredom.

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    Yellovett,

    I have to concur with Patrick on the time issue. If you're on a schedule to get your destinations, then US101 is definitely quicker - maybe by two hours, depending on traffic in Santa Cruz.

    But if you're just looking to head north and stop whenever, Hwy 1 is a beatiful way to drive.

    I've done that drive before myself. The last time was with my C5 from Hearst Castle up to Pacifica. It's a great drive! Some sections are fairly smooth with mild curves, while others will have you slowing down and "churning the gears" around a few tight turns - but all of it fun!

    The majority of the way is your basic two-lane road with plenty of sections to downshift and pass. The only parts of Hwy 1 that turns into a "freeway" are the parts just south of Santa Cruz (Watsonville/Aptos area) and just north of Pacifica, right before San Francisco. Also, when you get to Santa Cruz, you'll have to drive through the city to continue north on Hwy 1.

    All in all, it was a satisfying drive - especially when you've got the view of the Pacific ocean almost always on your left side to look at! Cheers!!

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    Thanks to all for the replys. We're allocating about a day and a half for the trip from LA to San Francisco, so depending on how many coffee and ice cream stops we need, we should have adequate time. This will likely be our one chance in life to drive the historic highway, so we're going for it.

    btw. It's the C5 we'll be driving, not the C4. It will be our maiden voyage. (Still not used to having one.)

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    We take the highway 1 from SF to Hearst Castle every year that we go south in our motorhome. It is neat I would not miss it for anything. We start in northern Idaho. We do it in a day. It should be a blast in your Vette. I am looking forward doing it someday in my CE LT4. Larry

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    I guess if you can do it with a motorhome, I should be able to stay on the road with a C5. I've read that the southbound trip can be a little more harrowing... being in the outer lane.

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    How far are you going on Hw 50? I've driven your route 50 or 60 times. It's a blast. Hw 1 will be slow, though. If you come over the hill from Lake Tahoe, (Hw 50) you will come through Carson City. (About a 20-25 minute drive) Stop and say hello. I'll have a cold one waiting.
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    That sounds pretty tempting. However, it will probably be mid-morning when we come through. Maybe a little early for a cold bud-light. We're planning to take 50 all the way across NV, maybe Ely or even Delta or Fillmore, UT if we can make it. What is a reasonable speed on highway 50 between Carson City and Ely? Is there a posted limit?

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    I'm doing the same thing, I'm going from San Diego thru LA, Capitola to SAn Jose, 1st full week in May

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    Default you guys are making me jealous

    my son just got back from afghanistan, and he is in ft campbell kentucky in the 101st airborne. he is to report to ft lewis washington by july 8th. i have always wanted to go to washington state, and now you guys are putting crazy ideas of me taking my vette and comming down the west coast into california.my 2000 convert only has 24000 miles so im sure the trip wont put two much miles on her.how is california in september?

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    I can't think of a better use of time than to visit a son and then cruise highway 1. The only thing that might improve it would be if you could catch the Pebble Beach auto show, but I think that's in August. As for weather, I'm from Nebraska, much like Illinois, so California must surely be better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmc_kurt@yahoo.com View Post
    how is california in september?
    If you're coming from Washington State, I think you'll find that Washington and Oregon can start to become wet in September. Northern California will be pretty nice: October is the finest month of the year in the bay area. Southern California is likely to start getting a bit hot (I think September/October are the months the Santa Ana winds start making the LA Basin a bit hot and dry, and fire-prone.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick View Post
    If you're coming from Washington State, I think you'll find that Washington and Oregon can start to become wet in September. Northern California will be pretty nice: October is the finest month of the year in the bay area. Southern California is likely to start getting a bit hot (I think September/October are the months the Santa Ana winds start making the LA Basin a bit hot and dry, and fire-prone.)

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    All these roadtrips sound fantastic! Just remember to take the camera and share lots of photos with us!!

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