Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-80 in California

The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA a...
The Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco, CA at sunset taken from the Marin Headlands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 80 completes its long journey of 2,899 miles in California. I-80 joins the cities of Truckee, Auburn, Sacramento, Rocklin, Vacaville, Vallejo, Oakland and San Francisco. This interstate travels over the Sierra Nevada Mountains after its time in the desert and uses the San Francisco - Oakland Bay Bridge to cross over the San Francisco Bay. The section of Interstate 80 in the San Francisco area is extremely busy, so travelers should be careful to avoid the area during rush hour.  Attractions near this highway include Lake Tahoe, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman's Wharf and the Pacific Ocean. South of I-80 is Yosemite National Park, Angel Island, Napa Valley and Mount Diablo.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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