Hollywood and Highland Hotel and Hostel

7038 1/2 Hollywood blvd., Los Angeles, California, CA 90028, United States
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Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by aymank

Hi, what time is rush hour if we want to drive north out of Los Angeles on a Friday?
Thank you

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by brotherleelove

Where in LA you'll be when you start will determine when you should leave. Rush Hour on Friday begins around 3pm, so if you are south of downtown you should be on the freeway by 2:30 or 3:00 at the latest, earlier if you want to avoid it altogether.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by Agraichen

As Lee has indicated it depends on where you start but also where you want to go and how far you expect to travel. I just did North to South and South to North a couple weeks ago and time of day is critical as well as direction and your starting place.

I traveled from Brea to San Francisco and it took me almost 2 hours just to get from Brea out of "LA" and heading up the Grapevine. I left at about 11:00 AM.

If you are already in "down town" getting through the morning traffic will be better than having to criscross from Orange County. Once you are over the Grapevine traffic will be fine. This assumes your route is Hwy 5.

If 101, then you will get similar heavy traffic until a few miles north of Hollywood then sporatic heavy traffic as you enter the coastal towns.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by xymmot

Every hour in daylight is rush hour in L A . Only time there is quick travel is after ten or 11 on Friday's. Good Luck Cheers Tommy x

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by aymank

Hi and thank you for the replies... well, the plan is to leave from Burbank airport on 101 towards San Luis - Obispo.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by brotherleelove

It shouldn't be too bad since you'll be out in the valley and not in the central LA area. Head west on Sherman way to the 405 San Diego Fwy, go south on the 405 Fwy to Hwy 101 and head west.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by lmkluque

Along with the advise given, I'll also mention that anytime of the day the traffic can get quite congested, much like rush-hour, if there is an accident on the road.

Basically, bring along your patience and it shouldn't be too bad in general.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by Jamesr3939

Important thing about travel in LA is to have a backup route or two. If some nut decides to jump off an overpass you can be sitting for hours with no place to go if you don't have a back up plan.

From BUR to north SLO, I would also consider going north on I-5 to the 118 and then west on 118 then you can take the 23 back to the 101. I have been on the 118 at 5:00 PM and still done 65 mph. You could also stay on the 118 which turns into Los Angeles Blvd (surface street) out to Ventura and the 101.

Bottom line is have a good map including showing the major surface streets and find a radio station that does traffic updates. Also be aware the radio stations call the freeways by names and not numbers. Like the I-5 is the Golden State the 405 is called the San Diego freeway the 210 is the Paadena freeway, so you might want to make sure you know the names of your route.

Re: Rush Hour going out of Los Angeles

by aymank

Thank you very much!

Travel Tips for Los Angeles

Discover the Real L.A.

by marinarena

Ironically, much of L.A. is concealed, even with its high visibility on film and on the screen. This is the fault of the overexposure of Hollywood and other falseness from the advent of pop culture. What's real and authentic gets clouded. Outsiders love to say how fake the people are here. Well, certainly there are many examples to prove that but the majority of the population are real everyday folks who strive to survive here.

And yes, there is also culture. One just has to have an open-mind and discover the cultural spots, many of them to be found in the heart of the city.

Go on top of the Westin...

by ykx86

Go on top of the Westin Bonaventure Hotel and have a cocktail. They will put you in a little booth on a rotating floor that lets you see the LA lights at night! The drinks are not very expensive and you can even bring the cup home for a souvenir! Venice beach on a clear day is such a beautiful place. There are many little shops on the board walk where you can buy interesting stuff. It's nice to just stroll along the walk way watching people and their dogs =) lots of dogs.

Need lots of time here..

by Sweetberry1

I discovered that there is very little you can do here in a day or two.
The little that I did see, was exciting, new, and made me want to come back again, only this time, with a lot more time to see it all.

LA Has No Urban Center

by giampiero6

Do not come to LA expecting to see a cool city center. Most parts look like a big smoggy over grown suburb. It's not that beautiful, except at the beach.

You might be surprised by how tawdry and dumpy most of LA looks. Just random strip malls, telephone poles, auto repair shops, donuts shops, drive through chinese food. Yep! Don't be surprised. It's a good place to see kitschy car culture, but beautiful as a city it aint.

The nature, ocean, suburban lawns and flowers are nice. Personally I find LA pretty livable if you do it right, but don't expect a historical center like a European city.

Don't be discouraged. Head towards the beach, relax, enjoy the good life.

Understanding the Freeway System

by Hopkid

The interstate/highway system in Southern California can be a puzzle to folks from out of town. Here are a few tips for the visitor that I hope will make your visit much more pleasant. We all know it wil be crazy enough with the traffic you're likely to encounter.

1. All interstates and those state highways that are not surface streets are referred to as "freeways".

2. All interstates and highways that are not surface streets are referred to by their number. For example, Interstate 10 is referred to as "The 10". California Highway 710 is referred to as "The 710".

3. All interstates and highways that are not surface streets also have a name, in some cases two. The following is cross reference with freeway numbers and names:

U.S. Highways
101 Hollywood Freeway (east of the 134)
101 Ventura Freeway (west of the 134)

5 Golden State Freeway (north of the 10)
5 Santa Ana Freeway (south of the 10)
10 Santa Monica Freeway (west of the 5)
10 San Bernardino Freeway (east of the 5)
105 Century Freeway
110 Harbor Freeway
210 Foothill Freeway
405 San Diego Freeway
605 San Garbriel River Freeway (rarely referred to as this however)
710 Long Beach Freeway

California State Highways
1 Pacific Coast Highway (not a freeway)
2 Glendale Freeway
22 Garden Grove Freeway
55 Costa Mesa Freeway
57 Orange Freeway
60 Pomona Freeway
71 Corona Expressway
91 Artesia Freeway
110 Pasadena Freeway
118 Simi Valley Freeway
134 Ventura Freeway

A good resource is to invest in a Thomas Guide (see website below). Ask the rental car company if they have a copy they'll lend you.


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