UK to SFO and LA - 2 week trip - BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums
E60 M5 and E61 M5 Touring Discussion 2005- Advertiser's Forum

  • 1 Post By Fiftytwoeighty
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
post #1 of 4 Old 8th March 2017, 11:06 AM Thread Starter
Fellow Member (>400)
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 403
Thanks: 4
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
UK to SFO and LA - 2 week trip

Off-topic, slightly. The wife and I are heading to San Fran and LA mid april... staying with my uncle there for 4 days and then hiring a car (TBD what exactly as do have 2 large suitcases and carry-ons) from the 14th to the 23rd. Our flight back is from LAX.

Option 1:
Travel to Yosemite, spend couple nights there and then drive to LA

Option 2:

Take pacific coast highway down to LA and miss Yosemite.

We have 8 days after completing San Fran for the rest of our stay so we're thinking if we do Highway 1, to hit places like Santa Cruz, Carmel/Monterey )Aquarium etc), Big Sur etc, Cayucos, Santa Barbara (also stop through San Luis Obispo etc and check out the boys at Accuair!) and then LA.

What do you guys recommend to do and why?

Also, best place to buy things like BE bearings and anything else not too expensive for the M6, whilst out there?

Awbimmer is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 8th March 2017, 03:28 PM
M5 Expert (>4000)
Fiftytwoeighty's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Huntington Beach (Surf City)
Posts: 5,702
Thanks: 1,133
Thanked 961 Times in 811 Posts
You can't go wrong with either trip. The wife and I have spent many many nights on both your routes over the years. Half the time we make the trip, we take the m5 and blast up the Coast (less traffic Northbound) -- talk about fun twisties for almost 200 miles. The other half, we take the LandCruiser and stop to play along the way.

For our honeymoon, we took two weeks camped and surfed and wine tasted our way from San Luis Obispo, to Morrow Bay, to our cabin in Monterey.

The trip down HWY 1 unparalleled. Yosemite is awesome, but only one location. What are you planning to do in Yosemite? Climb? Camp? Etc...getting unstuck in the Yosemite backcountry off Tioga Pass, after a couple nights of backcountry skiing with the wife:

The trip down the Coast provides more flexibility. Everything from wine tasting to seeing zebras.

All of pictures below are from roads less traveled off HWY1.

I have thousands more pics of Yosemite and HWY 1 on my laptop, but here are some off my phone.

Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk


///M The ///Most Expensive Letter in the Alphabet
Driving Concepts Competition Racing School
s85 + (afterthought) 6mt =158,000 miles with no RCOD and counting ...just saying...

2007 Dinan S2 e60 m5 6MT Interlagos Blue; DINAN 3.91 Exploded @8x,xxx ; Performance Gearing 3.91 LSD 3 clutch, 30/50 ramps, R&P polished ; ClutchMasters FX350 clutch and LTW single mass FW @157,000 miles, RPi Oil Cooler/Scoops; DINAN High Flow Air Mass Meter/Intake, DINAN TBs, DINAN pulley, DINAN strut, DINAN Monoballs, FastAttack Tune, w/Kung Fu grip!, Einhorn Industries Race Jedders, track pipe, and x-pipe; DINAN Section 3, DINAN LTW 19x9 ET18, 19x10 ET25, Michelin PS4S 275/35/19 and 305/30/19, Macht Schnell 15mm spacers (front); FERODO FRP3000H race pads; StopTech BBK 6/4 380mm/35mm x 380mm/32mm w/SS lines; RDSport F/R sways; CKS coils w/swift springs, -2.0/-2.5 F/R camber; z3 1.9L SSK, with f10 shifter; F/R G1W-H; Uniden R1, remote ALP 2Rx:1Tx, F/R NetRadar DSP, w/GPS and BT. SprintBooster v3; Euro MDM and DSC off. Fluids: Motul 7100 4T 10w60, Redline ShockProof Lightweight 75w140, Castrol SRF, Unicorn Jizz and Wolfpack Blood; Rod bearings replaced at 84,000 and 150,000 miles!!!

1988 e28 m5 STROKER 420bhp 91 octane(Paul Burke s38b39); VAC LTW flywheel; MegaSquirt G2 DME; Euro RestoMod track car: caged, 6 point FIA harness, FIA Sabelt GT-160 seats...AC/heater, interior, sunroof, rear seat delete; Euro Headers, dump valve, and race cats; CAE Ultra shifter; custom Ground Control Coilovers/camber plates; Mason Engineering front/rear strut bars; Brembo 6/4 BBK; 17x8 BBS RK w/Dunlop StarSpec II; undergoing Euro restoration, building the e28 CSL ///Motorsport never built. 5.71lbs/hp

1996 FZJ 80; LOCKED; Factory TRD Supercharger; Expo/Overland/Backcountry Rig; custom sleeper/drawer system, full rock armor, 33"s on 2.5" OME Heavy Lift; Rigid LEDs F/R; 231,000 miles and counting.
2008 Audi A3 S-Line Quattro w/flappy paddles (Mammoth Mountain Commuter)
2000 e39 m5 TiAg (Gone, but not forgotten) sold 7/2014.

The Indys that I trust for all my Beasts' needs: my local physician for service because JColley!
einhornindustires because WolfPack!

~Viva La Wolfpack!

Last edited by Fiftytwoeighty; 8th March 2017 at 09:23 PM.
Fiftytwoeighty is online now  
post #3 of 4 Old 9th March 2017, 11:26 AM Thread Starter
Fellow Member (>400)
Join Date: Mar 2016
Posts: 403
Thanks: 4
Thanked 13 Times in 13 Posts
Awbimmer is offline  
post #4 of 4 Old 10th March 2017, 05:57 AM
Junior Member, warming up (<31 posts)
M5V10Fan's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2015
Posts: 24
Thanks: 2
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Kinda out of your way, but best California coast visuals are north - like really north - up between Eureka and Crescent City along the Lost Coast. Seeing stands of ~300ft tall trees on ridges overlooking the ocean is I think unique to that place. Ditto for elk wandering around on a beach. Fern Canyon is like something out of the Triassic.

And nobody really knows about the place, hardly any tourists, the 5 is too far inland - it is mostly local/regional PCH traffic around there. It is only section of California where one can truly get away from people and still not be in a desert.

M5V10Fan is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the BMW M5 Forum and M6 Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Linear Mode Linear Mode
Rate This Thread:

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Report: My 5 week USA Trip Gustav E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 19 8th October 2009 03:12 AM
Report: My 5 week USA Trip Gustav Regional Forums and Events and group meetings for M5, M6 and Alpina owners 3 12th March 2009 06:21 AM
Report: My 5 week USA Trip Gustav E60 M5 and E61 M5 Touring Discussion 19 25th August 2008 12:26 AM
Report: My 5 week USA Trip Gustav E63 BMW M6 Forum and BMW M6 Convertible | 6 24th August 2008 09:51 PM
OT...doing a trip to SFO VanCooper E39 M5 and E52 Z8 Discussion 17 2nd October 2001 08:50 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome