This is my first post here. I've been reading other post and find this site to be invaluable for road trips. I've picked up several good tips.
I do have a question on a forthcoming trip my wife and I are planning for late September. We're giving ourselves 9 or 10 days to drive from Denver to Los Angeles then drive up Highway 1 up to Crescent City and the redwoods. From there we'll find our way back home.
Day 1. Denver to LA - 15-17 hours only stops for gas, bathroom breaks, etc.
Day 2. LA to Cambria HWY1 - 5-6 hours.
Day 3. Cambria to Salinas HWY1 - 2-3 hours.
Day 4. Salinas to SF HWY1 - 2-3 hours.
Day 5. SF to Eureka HWY1- 6-7 hours.
Day 6. Eureka to Crescent City HWY1 - 2-3 hours.
Day 7 - 9. Crescent City to Denver Whatever road catches our fancy - 25 hours drive time.
My brother, who lived in SF up until a few years ago, seems to think I'm over aggressive with my times up Hwy 1. Is he right, is this an overly aggressive trip. Are my drive times between towns unrealistic? Would I be better off slowing down and ending my trip in SF then head back to Denver? We've seen SF several times so we don't plan on doing much there, we may even bypass it and spend the night just north of SF. But we really do want to see the redwoods so we would hate stopping in SF. Any comments or thoughts would be greatly appreciated.