I will be making the journey down to Los Angeles / San Diego with the first stage being Silicon Valley->Camarillo, CA (just outside of LA) this friday. (last minute change of plans because of the impassable highway 1 via Big Sur!)
I am not familiar with the CA roads and scenic routes yet, so could anyone please enlighten me on the below:
1) Is there anything to see or any places worthwhile stopping from Silicon Valley -> Camarillo, CA using the US 101 as I venture South on Day 1?
2) I heard the journey from LA area to SD can be very scenic too, via Pacific Coastal Highway - so my question should I just stay on Highway 1 throughout this journey? or should I use some interstate/expressways in between to speed things up since it's unlikely every section is worthwhile driving through and I would not want to spend 6 hrs just getting from LA to SD.
3) Could anyone suggest any stops from LA to SD scenic route? Based on what I learn so far, these are the places I should consider --- Malibu, Santa Monica, Corona del Mar/Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Carlsbad, and La Jolla. Any other tips are most welcome.