Famous Freeways

Los Angeles Is Known For Its Sprawling Network Of Freeways, Which Connect The Various Neighborhoods And Regions Of The City.

Los Angeles Is Almost Synonymous With Traffic With Many Dedicating Dozens Of Hours Stuck In Traffic Each Year.  As Of 2020, Over 10 Million People Live In Los Angeles County With Thousands Commuting Into The County Each Day.  The Movement Of People Takes Place In Part By The Massive Freeway System With Around 38 Freeway Throughout Los Angeles County. Some Of The Most Famous Freeways In Los Angeles Include:

110 Freeway

 The 110 is both and interstate and a state route freeway. It was built between the late 1940’s and early 1970’s. The 110 Freeway, both North and South, connects San Pedro and the Port of Los Angeles with Downtown Los Angeles and Pasadena.

The North part of the freeway goes through Downtown Los Angeles and ends in Pasadena. The area that is in Pasadena is one of the oldest freeway in the United States. The freeway in its entirety is 31.91 miles long.

Route 66

U.S. Route 66 also known as the Will Rogers Highway was one of the original highways in the U.S. Highway System and established in 1926. The highway is one of the most famous roads in the United States with memorabilia highly sought after and still in production today. Initially Route 66 ran from Chicago, Illinois, through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica in Los Angeles County, California. It covered a staggering 2,448 miles across America with 314 miles being in California. The Freeway was decommissioned in 1985 due to other interstates and state route replacing it in its entirety.

Although it has been officially removed from the National Register of Highways, it is forever immortalized in books, songs, documentaries, and memorabilia. Also, the Historic Route 66 is still in existence and traveling it is a tourist destination.


I-10 is a transcontinental Interstate Freeway in the United States, stretching from Santa Monica, California, on the Pacific Ocean, to Jacksonville, Florida and was constructed between 1943-1966. The freeway is the fourth-longest interstate and is 2460.34 miles long. The segment of I-10 in California runs east from Santa Monica through Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Palm Springs before crossing into the state of Arizona. The area of the freeway that is in California spans 242.92 miles. I-10 is credited with being the first freeway in Los Angeles and was used as an economic powerhouse by facilitating the transport good throughout the United States as well as a means for tourist for drive into Los Angeles.

Freeway 101

Arguably one of the most famous freeways due to its connection with Hollywood. The 101 Freeway runs directly through Hollywood and gives access to a clear view of the Hollywood sign. The 101 Freeway has been in existence since the late 1940’s and is 790 miles long. It is the longest freeway in California and with picturesque views of the Pacific Ocean, it is a popular freeway used for scenic travel. While traveling along with route, a series of historic bells commemorate the Catholic Missions in California and were placed along the route around 1906. Currently there is a push to remove the bells as they are allegedly a reminder oppression and cultural antihalation forced by missionary of the native people.

405 Freeway and OJ Simpson

The 405 Freeway does not run through Los Angeles, but it does allow travelers to pass through the County. It is one of the most traveled freeways and is infamous for heavy traffic and gridlock with a start in San Fernando Ca., and an end in Irvine California. Nonetheless, it is a vital 72.41-mile road that connects millions to LAX, is a direct route to San Diego, and connects the urban western parts of Los Angeles County. The 405 rose to fame when Running Back OJ Simpson had a 2-hour car chase in a 1993 white Ford Bronco. Simpson, with best friend and former teammate, Al Cowlings who was the driver of the car, led law enforcement on a 35-mile per hour drive down freeway 405 in attempt to escape a possible murder charge. Although this event occurred in 1994, “The Chase” is still discussed today. Tourist often visit the stretch of freeway that chase took place, thus causing the 405 to retain its famous past.

Why visit the Famous Freeways?

These are some of the most famous and heavily traveled freeways in Los Angeles, and they are often heavily congested during rush hour. These freeways play a major role in the daily life of Angelenos and are also a recognizable part of the city’s landscape.
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