My boyfriend and I are 23 and coming to the Coachella festival this April. We arrive in LA on the Wednesday and are going to spend a night there (not the main point of the post but if anyone has any ideas of where to stay there let me know! We'll be pretty jet lagged but would be nice to see some of the city briefly. Anyway, I digress...)
We're going to hire a car and drive to the festival on Thursday, and on Monday we're going to drive up to Vegas (I calculate this takes around 4 hours). We've booked a hotel already for 2 nights stay.
We have also booked 3 nights stay in San Francisco from Thursday to Sunday.
The main thing I'd be grateful of some advice on is where to stay on the free stopover night (Wednesday). I've read that there's not much to see on the desert route, and we are happy to take longer driving up the pacific coast. I was thinking of Santa Barbara? Seems quite chilled and a good midway point. To me this seems the best option, as we can leave Vegas late morning on Wednesday and Google maps says it will take us around 6 hours to get to Santa Barbara. We can then spend a night there and drive the 5 hours to San Francisco on Thursday.
Ideally we'd like more time in our 'stopover town' so i'm open to options on where that could be - we'd have to leave quite early from Vegas on Wednesday morning to get to see anything of Santa Barbara, which i'm fine with, but still. If there's anywhere closer to Vegas than San Francisco that would make a good night stop do let us know. And I am aware we could have missioned it from Vegas to SF in 9 hours but that's no fun!