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Old 04-30-2018, 02:28 PM   #1
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Route into Petaluma?

Looking for advice on the best route to get to the Petaluma KOA.
We will be coming from Oakhurst after a week at Yosemite and have reservations at the Petaluma KOA Saturday May 19
Looking at the paper map and Google Maps, I'm pretty confused.
One route goes west on I 205 then north on I 580 to Hwy 101.
The other route stays on HWy 99 a bit further then west on Hwy 12 to Petaluma.

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Maybe there is another better route.
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Old 04-30-2018, 02:54 PM   #2
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99 to 12 is the easiest route.
Or 99 to 80 to 12. But that takes you into Sacramento.
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Old 05-04-2018, 03:16 PM   #3
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I second the 99/12 route although I came down 50 from Carson City/Placerville to 80, 12, 116 into Petaluma. BTW stayed at the KOA.
Good central location, reasonably quiet, easy in/out in a country setting.

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If I recall correctly, Hwy 12 used to have a ton of accidents due to high speed and people passing others at bad locations. 12 is an OK drive, just have to watch for impatient people.
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Old 05-09-2018, 10:46 AM   #5
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Personally I go to the bay area all the time for work. I would avoid the 205/580 because it is more chaotic then the 99 in my experiences. I have never been across the 12 but the 99 is a smooth ride, not as busy.
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I've driven every way you can thru or around the Bay area to the Petaluma KOA. Our daughter/family lives in Petaluma, and we stay at the KOA on monthly rates for spring and fall trips.

Rt 12 has about 30 miles of slow 2 lane tail gators traffic, but if you are patient it's not a bad option to get to I80, then back to Rt 37 (Sears Point Rd). Then go up Lakeville Hwy to Petaluma and merge onto the 101 for a couple miles to the KOA exit. Lakeville Hwy will keep you out of the Navato 101 congestion.

Don't take 12 all the way after you hit 80. Rt 37 (Sears Point Rd) to Lakeville is much smoother drive, but can also get very congested at rush hour.

I've also tried the 580 to 680 to 780 to 80 to 37 and it's not as bad as staying on 580 all the way. You can get into some bad traffic, but not as much white knuckle.

It really depends on time of day and day of the week.

Good luck and enjoy the KOA. Most of the staff are friendly, and Melissa is great. There are a couple of managers that treat you like you are trespassers instead of customers, but it's a nice campground.

Try breakfast at Pete's Henny Penny just down the road.
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By the way, where are you heading after Petaluma?
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I've driven every way you can thru or around the Bay area to the Petaluma KOA. Our daughter/family lives in Petaluma, and we stay at the KOA on monthly rates for spring and fall trips.

Rt 12 has about 30 miles of slow 2 lane tail gators traffic, but if you are patient it's not a bad option to get to I80, then back to Rt 37 (Sears Point Rd). Then go up Lakeville Hwy to Petaluma and merge onto the 101 for a couple miles to the KOA exit. Lakeville Hwy will keep you out of the Navato 101 congestion.

Don't take 12 all the way after you hit 80. Rt 37 (Sears Point Rd) to Lakeville is much smoother drive, but can also get very congested at rush hour.

I've also tried the 580 to 680 to 780 to 80 to 37 and it's not as bad as staying on 580 all the way. You can get into some bad traffic, but not as much white knuckle.

It really depends on time of day and day of the week.

Good luck and enjoy the KOA. Most of the staff are friendly, and Melissa is great. There are a couple of managers that treat you like you are trespassers instead of customers, but it's a nice campground.

Try breakfast at Pete's Henny Penny just down the road.
We came this route yesterday afternoon and indeed hit heavy traffic on 12. Seemed like everyone was out sightseeing. Was surprised that the KOA is over run with unsupervised kids. More so than the last Jellystone we went to on spring break. Going to Kendall-Jackson today for food and wine pairing hopefully will be adult oriented!!
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