Any advice on whether this is all good decisions, ie are we best utilising our time or missing out on worthwhile stops.
San Francisco for 4 nights (we have friends there so not simply sightseeing)
Hire Car and drive to Monterey, staying 1 night.
Drive to Santa Barbara, staying 1 night.
Drive to Santa Monica, staying 2 nights (we want to explore some of LA with this as our base.)
Drive to San Diego, staying 4 nights (preferably a hotel on the beach for total r&r)
Leave car back the car hire company, and fly to Las Vegas
Stay 3 nights in Las Vegas (exploring Grand Canyon, etc.)
Fly to San Francisco and fly home the next morning.
Finding it difficult to find souces of where exactly is worthwhile stopping, there are 4 of us going, all in our 20's and we want to enjoy the scenery and take in all in but still want the options of a lively nightlife.
Any comments are very much appreciated!!