My family and I will be going to San Francisco for two weeks, Dec 19th - Jan 2nd. We have a apartment to live in there, so it is kinda like a home. We are flying in from Asia.
We would like to drive down to Los Angeles for a couple of days and watch a NBA game. We would really like to try out the Pacific Coast Highway (California Route 1) being heard that it is one of the most scenic drives ever. We would also like to stop a long the way and see things like Hearst Castle, etc...
I have a few important and key questions, hopefully you guys can point me in the right direction:
1. We are planning to either do San Francisco->LA via the Pacific Coast Highway and then return to San Francisco via Interstate 5, or the other way around. Which one should be better? Should we go with the CA route 1 or return to SFO with the CA route 1?
2. Are there any specific directions? Please help me out with the directions because if there's one thing that cannot happen is to get lost during the drive. I went on Google Maps and MapQuest but the only route they gave me is I-5.
3. Approximately how many hours would is take via California Route 1? Minimum how many hours and maximum how many hours? Let's say if we drive at a normal speed non stop.
4. What are some attractions to stop along the way? Like San Diego, Hearst Castle, Malibu, anything at is worth a stop, etc?
Please help me out! I really want this work out well and be well planned before.
Thank you so much in advance!