San Francisco to Los Angeles Road Trip [with Video]

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This is the second post from our trip to California in 2018. In this episode, my wife and I had a road trip from San-Francisco Bay Area to Los Angeles.

Read the first part “San Franisco 2018“.

We stayed in the Airbnb apartment in San Mateo, a small town located between the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Redwood City.

Neighbour's grumpy cat is not in the mood.

Neighbour’s grumpy cat is not in the mood.

gas station in San Francisco, California

It’s a good thing to fill up with gas before a big road trip.

Gas station in California, San Mateo

I paid $28.76 for 7.6 gallons of gas.

the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir

Our first stop was on the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir.

the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir

More photos of the Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir. After that, we headed towards Monterey.

Monterey, California, Beach

Monterey is a stunningly beautiful and calm place, running along the Pacific coastline in California. We spent about an hour on Del Monte Beach..

Monterey, California, Del Monte Beach

We had a great time on the beach.

Monterey, California, Beach
Monterey, California, Beach

It’s time to drive again. I was hoping to drive along Big Sur California, but due to the landslide Highway 1 was partially closed. It’s a shame that Amina couldn’t see the beautiful mountainous section of the Central Coast of California.

U.S. Route 101

Somewhere on the U.S. Route 101. After Monterey, we headed towards Los Angeles via Bakersfield. It was about +40C or +107F in Bakersfield.

blossoming tree in Bakersfield

It felt like a totally different state. In San Francisco it was twice colder than in Bakersfield. They’re only 200-250 miles apart.

Amina driving a car in California

It’s good when your life partner can drive a car 😉

Fresno, Bakersfield, California

We passed Fresno and Bakersfield.

Bakersfield road sign
Los Angeles, Bakersfield road sign

Driving on Interstate 5 (I-5).

USA Flag
Los Angeles, Bakersfield road sign

On our way to Los Angeles. Entering the Los Padres National Forest.

Griffith Observatory sunset

When we arrived to Los Angeles we first visited the Griffith Observatory, a popular tourist attraction with a close view of the Hollywood Sign.

Hollywood hills sunset

This is the view from the Griffith Observatory over the Hollywood Hills.

Hollywood hills sunset from Griffith Observatory

You can see the Hollywood Sign from Griffith Observatory.

A model showing the Griffith Observatory.

A model showing the Griffith Observatory.

Griffith Observatory sunset back garden

Griffith Observatory is a wonderful place to watch sunset.

Zeiss refracting telescope, in Griffith Observatory

And, of course, the sky. I’m watching Venus through this giant Zeiss refracting telescope, in Griffith Observatory.

Los Angeles Downtown from the Griffith Observatory

You can see Los Angeles Downtown on the left. STAPLES Center, home to the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks, should be somewhere in the middle.

Renat and Amina in Griffith Observatory
The Hollywood Sign on Mount Lee

The Hollywood Sign in its’ beauty. It’s situated on Mount Lee, in the Hollywood Hills area of the Santa Monica Mountains.

The Hollywood Hills in Los Angeles
Amina in Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
View from the Griffith Observatory over the Route 258

If you follow the Route 258 (freeway), you’ll get to the South of Los Angeles.

Griffith Observatory

The Griffith Observatory.

WeWork office in Hollywood Blvd.

WeWork office in Hollywood Blvd.

Renat on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Me on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard

The Dolby Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard has been the venue of the annual Academy Awards ceremony.

You can find more posts like this in the Travel section of this website.

Read the first part of our trip to California “San Franisco 2018“.

Cheers,
Renat Galyamov

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