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    Hi there!

    I'm driving from San Francisco to Lake Arrowhead, CA down the pacific coast highway. Is it feasible to do it in one day? Would two days be better?

    Thanks for the help!

    Henry

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    Default A very long day!

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry82 View Post
    I'm driving from San Francisco to Lake Arrowhead, CA down the pacific coast highway. Is it feasible to do it in one day?
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum! You could do it in one day -- but you would need to be on the road 10-12 hours. Seems a tad long to me. If you can stretch it to two days, you can actually enjoy the drive.

    Mark

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    When I drove from San Juan Capistrano to San Fran (and back) I did Hwy 1 all the way up and down. It is definitely at least 10 hours, and that's if you're not stuck behind some slowpoke on that 2-laner. The cruise through LA, and over to the San Bernardino Mtns will definitely be 2-3 hours of that.

    You'll need to leave early in the morning (between 6-8am) if you want to get to your destination before sunset (4-6pm).

    If you're traveling solo like I did, I recommend breaking up the drive with a halfway point (and giving yourself a rest) by stopping in San Simeon and taking a tour of Hearst Castle (allow 2+ hours). It'll add some time to your day, but it'll save your sanity.

    Once you reach the 101 in San Luis Obispo, just stay on that all the way through until you reach Hwy 134, then to the 210/30 before making the trek up Hwy 18 to Arrowhead. That's going to be the most time consuming part of the drive.

    Have fun on the 1. I certainly did.

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