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Road trip from Los Angeles to Minneapolis

Israel
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Road trip from Los Angeles to Minneapolis

We're thinking of driving from L.A. to Minneapolis in Mid-July, with brief stops on the way. Main interest spots (and suggested route): Hwy 1 to San Francisco, drive up to Seattle Via Redwood National park, Mount Rushmore - end in MN. How much minimum time would you recommend we dedicate for the trip? Should we give up on some of the spots?

We will have three youngsters (5, 10, 12) and suitcases because from Minneapolis we board an international flight ...

Will appreciate advice from all you experts out there on the roads!

Israel
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11. Re: Road trip from Los Angeles to Minneapolis

About the travel times - I just browsed some other sites and found that Mapquest may be more than just "Mildly optimistic". For example, LA - SF via Hwy 1 (no point in taking the freeway, the scenic drive is all the fun!), is described as at least 9-10 hours non-stop! Do you think we should stop on the way and add an extra night between LA and San Francisco? where would be a cheap place to just camp? How about SF to Redwood? Is that also too rough of a route to do in one day? I was trying to allow more time for all the wonderful SD attractions you have all mentioned, but in order to do that I cannot add more time for the CA-OR-WA portion. Or maybe not..? Help!

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12. Re: Road trip from Los Angeles to Minneapolis

You will probably get more, and better responses, in the CA forum and maybe the Road Trip forum as well.

The Monterrey Bay area is pretty close to SF and is sort of pricey. San Luis Obispo is closer to half way but still not far out of LA. Not sure about camping but there ought to be state parks or beaches. SF to Redwood is doable but the road can be slow with traffic (tourists and trucks) and slow through Eureka. Leave SF early.

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