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oceanside, ca to dana point, to las vegas, nv

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oceanside, ca to dana point, to las vegas, nv

we are staying in oceanside, ca and want to head to dana point before we head back to las vegas, does anyone have any ideas on how to get to the 15 north besides backtracking back to CA 76?

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1. Re: oceanside, ca to dana point, to las vegas, nv

Hello, teresa8130, and welcome to TripAdvisor and the Dana Point forum.

Welcome to Southern California, where the roads aren't exactly straight. . . they curve and bend with the mountains and hills, as you probably saw already in Oceanside.

No need to backtrack to California State Route 76 and Oceanside to make your journey. Get yourself north to CA State Route 91/Riverside Freeway and take that east to Interstate 15. Be aware that this route is perhaps the single most heavily used stretch of freeway in Southern California. Carpool lanes may be used, provided you first purchase an electronic windshield placed "fastpass" device. Otherwise, it's a mailed ticket to the owner of the car. Getting on CA 91 east past 1:00 PM may result in getting involved in rush hour traffic, which if really bad, can be excrutiatingly slow. . . more than the other freeways in SoCal.

Here's a map to help you: http://www.goldridge08.com/pictures/ca/te.pdf Enlarge the map several times to get the detail you will need.

If a more scenic, mountain road route with less traffic is desired, take CA State Route 74 to Interstate 15 instead. Slower speed than offpeak freeway driving times, but less miles.

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2. Re: oceanside, ca to dana point, to las vegas, nv

5 North to 55 to the 91 then to 15(via 215 is fine)

I would avoid Ortega Hwy(74) as its a hairpin back & forth type road which added to a long drive to Vegas would add too much fatique

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3. Re: oceanside, ca to dana point, to las vegas, nv

If you are headed to Dana Point, consider a whale watching trip with Capt Dave's Dolphin Safari.


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