I'm trying to put together a road trip to go visit a friend in LA. I believe that it will just be myself and it will basically be starting from Portland (I'm actually from Vancouver and have been to Seattle a few times before so will be skipping on down to Portland after work in the evening and then starting in the morning out of Portland). I have read that driving the coast is so much better as well as highway 101 rather than the I-5. I would imagine it would also take a little longer as well. I was thinking of splitting up the trip there into 3 days, stay in LA for a couple days and come back maybe up the I-5 for the quicker return. It would be nice to somehow split it up the coast drive between the way there and the way back though so that it would also make for a nicer trip back.
Does anyone have any suggestions on any good routes to take? Is 3 days taking on a little too much? When I fooled around with google maps it was about 8-9 hours a day.
Any recomondations of where to stop for the night? Motels/Truck stops? Any must see places (I just went to SF last year so no big deal if I don't stop in) or any great food stops along the way would be a plus, I have a love for local diners/mom and pop places. I am however going to be on a budget since it is just me.
Thanks in advance for any advice given! :)