from Highway 101" includes a few of
thousands of images we've captured on that
long, long road that stretches over 1500
miles from Los Angeles to Port Angeles
interstate highway is unique in that its
numbering system would normally indicate a
connector road to a more prominent highway.
Interstate Highway 101, however, is a
prominent force from south to north in
California, Oregon and Washington. Built in
the early 1900's (around 1926), it is called
El Camino Real in one portion, honoring the
early route that the padres followed in
their efforts to establish a missionary
system throughout California. Other
road signs along the way designate the
highway by other names. In California it is
primarily known as "101".
countless times from Orange County to the
northern part of the state, our favorite
route of two is always 101. Interstate
5 sees more traffic because of its often
wider lanes and higher speed limits in the
Central Valley California. While 101 tries
to stay along the coast and runs through the
Salinas Valley, 5 is farther east and runs
along the California Aqueduct water system.
Like any highway, it is not without its
memories, sadness and joy. We've seen many a
car wreck, a landslide and even closure on
rare instances. But for the most part, it is
a reliable, easy to maneuver road that keeps
the drive interesting along the way.
The highlights and attractions are
countless. But we'll build a photo trip of
Interstate 101 for you as time permits.
Highway 101 shown in the map above stretches from
Los Angeles to the California's northern border it
shares with Oregon. We like this highway because it
traverses cities, the ocean, farmland, mountain
passes and some awesome places. Highway 5 is the
fast-moving, sometimes boring road that people drive
to get somewhere without messing around. It runs
parallel to 101 on the inland route.