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Driving LAX to Palm Springs on Saturday

florence,ma
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Spending a week in Palm Springs in early March. Flights to LAX are much cheaper than to ONT so I'm thinking of flying in late Friday, renting a car at the airport and driving to Palm Springs on Saturday morning. Will there be traffic on Saturday morning? Is the $300 savings worth the hassle?

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There is usually traffic on that route. You can use the Google Maps feature "leave at" and take a look at expected traffic on a Saturday at that time to see how much traffic

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Traffic should not be an issue. You are saving $300 to spend on your LAX hotel room?

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I commented on your other post on the about how to spend the day driving from Ontario to Palm Springs.

If you do, instead, fly into Los Angeles, then there is much more to do in the Los Angeles area if you want to spend the day, than in Riverside. From Los Angeles, if you opt for that, I recommend the 10 freeway all the way (or hop up to the 210 which is only 5 minutes more). Google map aps may say that the 60 is equal or a few minutes faster than the 10 fwy but, ultimately it will be longer and it will change right before your eyes, so just stick with the 10 (or up to 210 which later merges with the 10).

Traffic will be minimal from LAX area to Palm Springs on a Saturday but still a bit "thick." Meaning what could be a 2 hour drive at 8pm could take 2.5 hours ish during the day.

Regarding suggestions for how to spend that day of your drive to Palm Springs, which you asked in the other post, it's much more worthwhile to fill your day driving from LA to Palm Springs than from Ontario to Palm Springs...

You can go to the Santa Monica Pier (which is fun to walk), and then walk on a foot path on the beach all the way to Venice Pier. (You can rent bikes if you like, even tandem bikes, etc.). Lots of shops, restaurants, fresh air and people watching. And yes, you can do that even in the winter in southern California. You can park right on the Santa Monica Pier if you like plus there are parking lots all along the ocean front (you can look at Google maps and literally see them.)

Then heading 25 minutes east toward your ultimate destination, you'd pass and could stop and visit if interested:

Petersen Automotive Museum, 6060 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, 5801 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

LA's Original Farmer's Market & The Grove, 6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

After that you could drive a little north, and jog up to the 210 freeway (which is always less traffic than the 10 freeway on the way to Palm Springs and only adds a few minutes which will probably be saved with less traffic) and stop in Pasadena - Old Pasadena is a shopping and dining district plus there's the Norton Simon Museum with a sculpture garden.

Later the 210 will merge with the 10 Fwy as you head to Palm Springs. If you want to pick up some groceries on the way, then an easy-on easy-off the 10 Fwy Trader Joe's (Trader Joe's, 552 Orange St, Redlands, CA 92374) but, of course there are tons of groceries etc in PS.

google map of this route idea:

https://maps.app.goo.gl/BkhSrdEj88PH3B3a9

Edited: 06 December 2023, 19:53
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Saturday morning should be good. The earlier is better for traffic.

florence,ma
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We'll be flying in Friday night to any area airport and driving on Saturday to Palm Springs for dinnertime arrival. So looking for the best option for having the day to drive to Palm Springs,

florence,ma
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Thanks so much-this is very helpful and encourages me to not be put off by flying into LAX and negotiating the LA metropolitan area. Sounds like a much better plan than flying into Ontario. Have also considered San Diego as perhaps less busy but both airfares and car rentals cost more and your ideas for LA sound great.

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It’s not a better plan at all, it’s cheaper. But the 2-2.5hr drive should be fine on a Saturday.

Does this $300 saving on your airfare take into account one way car hire fees (if any) and your gas?

And of course, your time.

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