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HIGHWAY 5

Most people I talk to consider the inland Interstate Highway I-5 route to be boring.  Though it certainly can be, this freeway has many scenic stretches and many interesting stops.

When you’re driving north, don’t drive straight through.  Make a point of stopping to explore this freeway’s wonders.  I’ve driven this route  countless times and still have a lengthy list of where I want to stop and explore next.  If you have the time, plan an overnight somewhere along the way, and take time to get to know that area better.

When driving I-5 south,  many people think that the only thing to be said in its favor is that it’s fast.   “I hate it,” they say.  “It’s hot, flat, and boring.”  At times I have to agree, though I have grown to enjoy the spring and fall, when the terrain seems to be most interesting.  Did you know that the river running beside the highway is actually the California Aqueduct?

In this section, I  use the San Francisco Bay Area as the starting point.  It covers Highway 5 north to Oregon--beginning off I-80 along the time-saving I-505, which completely bypasses big and busy Sacramento--and then continues through Oregon in another section.  Though Highway 5 continues north through Washington state to the Canadian border, I do not cover that. 

This section also covers Highway 5 south into Southern California.  It ends where Highway 5 starts entering well-known areas with plenty of facilities--Los Angeles, Disneyland, the beach cities, and San Diego.  Did you know that Highway 5 continues on down through Mexico to the tip of South America?

“You learn a lot about someone during a road trip.”
                                                                
--Kermit the Frog
 

HIGHWAY 5 NORTH

   FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA NORTH TO OREGON
WOODLAND
WINTERS
CAPAY VALLEY
WILLIAMS
WILLOWS
     CHICO
        PARADISE
CORNING
RED BLUFF
     LASSEN VOLCANIC N.P. AND AREA
    LAVA BEDS
REDDING
     TRINITY ALPS
SHASTA LAKE AREA
DUNSMUIR
     McCLOUD
MOUNT SHASTA CITY
YREKA

HIGHWAY 5 SOUTH

   FROM SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA SOUTH TO LOS ANGELES and SAN DIEGO
SANTA NELLA
LOS BANOS
COALINGA
KETTLEMAN CITY
BUTTONWILLOW
METTLER
TEJON PASS/LEBEC
SANTA CLARITA
LOS ANGELES (here and there)
DISNEYLAND
SAN DIEGO (here and there)

HIGHWAY 5 OREGON
 

 

 

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