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Old 07-07-2012, 12:35 PM   #1
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Driving times in traffic

For our upcoming SoCal trip, I'm trying to figure out what some driving times are likely to be (even a range is OK). I can see estimates on Google maps, but I know the driving times can vary tremendously due to traffic. I'm wondering if anyone can help me determine what some of these "actual" times would be:
(even just a few of these, or a range of times would be helpful).
  • Long Beach to Visalia (or to some other point out of the LA area to the North), leaving Long Beach around 6:30 p.m.
  • Long Beach to San Diego, leaving around 6:30
  • Hollywood to Anaheim, mid-afternoon
  • Hollywood to Anaheim, early evening
  • Anaheim to Visalia (or to some other point out of the LA area to the North), leaving 8 to 9 a.m.
  • Anaheim to San Diego, leaving 8 to 9 a.m.
  • San Diego to Long Beach on a Sunday evening
  • San Diego to Long Beach on a Monday morning

Thanks! Again, any info would be good. I think I know what "good" driving times are, but I don't know what to expect at those times.
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Old 07-12-2012, 01:05 AM   #2
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Just bumping my own thread - any info would be appreciated.

In particular, I'm wondering if we're stupid for considering driving from LGB airport all the way to Visalia on the night the flight arrives (we'd be leaving LGB around 6:30). Google Maps says about 3.5 hours (about the limit of what we would want), and it's usually pretty accurate for us, but I know it can be off in city traffic (it's giving 1 hour to Santa Clarita, which seems short). Of course, our other option has us leaving Anaheim on a Thursday morning and trying to make it all the way into Sequoia park that day - also seems not doable.

I'd really appreciate any insight on any of the times listed, as to whether we should expect significant traffic delays. Is there any website that gives travel time estimates, factoring in for time of day?
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Old 07-12-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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I don't know about Visalia, but here are my thoughts on the San Diego drives.

It's almost 2 hours normally from San Diego to LGB, assuming you are coming from the downtown or Seaworld area. However, on a Monday morning, depending on what time you leave, you could run into traffic on the 5 and the 405. Anaheim to San Diego is similar time, again with caveat that you could run into traffic if you are near rush hour times at either end of the drive.

Hope this helps.
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I don't know about Visalia, but here are my thoughts on the San Diego drives.

It's almost 2 hours normally from San Diego to LGB, assuming you are coming from the downtown or Seaworld area. However, on a Monday morning, depending on what time you leave, you could run into traffic on the 5 and the 405. Anaheim to San Diego is similar time, again with caveat that you could run into traffic if you are near rush hour times at either end of the drive.

Hope this helps.
That does help - thanks for replying! For the San Diego to LGB part, we have a flight from LGB at 10 on Monday morning. I was trying to figure out if it would be feasible to stay in San Diego on Sunday night and drive to LGB on Monday morning, or whether we need to just drive to Long Beach on Sunday night. It sounds like Sunday night is the answer, since we'd probably be hitting rush hour near Long Beach on Monday morning.

For traveling from Anaheim to San Diego, if we are leaving in the morning, do we have to worry about rush hour in Anaheim (we will be going away from LA/downtown)? I guess we may still have to worry about heading into San Diego. We're leaving Disneyland, headed to Sea World, and I'm trying to figure out what time to leave (to arrive near park opening, but not trying to necessarily be there right when it opens). I am guessing that allowing 2 hours for travel should be a good estimate (that's longer than the 1.5 hours that Google Maps gives), then, since it might not matter if we're running a little late.
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