Driving to Asilomar

From San Francisco

Asilomar is approximately 120 miles south of downtown San Francisco (or about 105 miles from San Francisco International Airport). The airport exit leads directly to US 101. Follow 101 South to San Jose, and then follow the directions from San Jose.

From San Jose

Asilomar is about 75 miles south of San Jose. From either airport you can access highway 101 south to 156 West. Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, turn right on Holman Highway / 68 West. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway for 3.5 miles until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.

From Los Angeles

Asilomar is approximately 325 miles from downtown Los Angeles (about 310 miles from LAX). Take 101 North though Salinas to 156 West. Take 156 West to Highway 1 South, through Monterey to the Pebble Beach / Pacific Grove exit, and Highway 68 West. For about 3-1/2 miles you will then be on a portion of Highway 68 West that is also called the Holman Highway. Stay on Highway 68 West/Holman Highway until it becomes a city street called Forest Avenue. Continue on Forest Avenue for about 1 mile and make a left turn onto Sinex Avenue. In just under 1 mile, Sinex Avenue ends right at the front gates to Asilomar.

(Note that even if coming up the 101 from Los Angeles, Highway 68 from Salinas to Seaside is not recommended. That is because the road not only tends to be crowded during rush hour but it is also twisty, challenging even experienced drivers.)

Take the scenic route:

For those who wish to make a road trip on the scenic coast road, Route 1, between San Francisco and Los Angeles (or, for less distance, Santa Barbara): it is highly recommended that you drive southbound from San Francisco, as you will be better able to see the ocean! However, if you insist on driving up from Los Angeles to Asilomar, once you pass Carmel you must take Highway 68 northbound/westbound into Monterey, and then follow the directions provided above by Asilomar.

Tips on driving in California

Many attendees who wish to enjoy travel flexibility while visiting the great state of California will want to rent a car. If you do, remember these driving tips:

  1. You are allowed to turn right at a red light, but only after first coming to a complete stop.
  2. Many larger streets have bicycle lanes next to the curb, denoted by solid white lines. You are only allowed to enter a bicycle lane to make turns.
  3. Motorcycles ARE allowed to drive down the white line between cars!
  4. The left-most lane of a highway may be designated “HOV” (high occupancy vehicle), indicated by a diamond ◊. During morning and evening rush hours (typically,7-9 amand3-6 pm), these lanes are only for cars carrying two or more persons (driver included), sometimes only 3 or more persons (read the posted signs). This law is enforced!
  5. The posted speed limit on highways such as Highway 101 is 55 mph, but the effective speed limit followed by many drivers is 80 mph in the leftmost lane. Same for Interstate 280. Let the faster drivers pass you.