I've pretty much laid out our plans in Phoenix & SF but have a couple of questions about the drive from Phoenix to the LA area on a Sunday (7/22). First, our departure time is very flexible & we don't check into the SF timeshare until 4:00 on Tuesday 7/24. That gives us (wifey & me) plenty of time to enjoy the ride. My first question is how will traffic be on a Sunday evening as we approach the LA sprawl? Should we plan on staying in the Indio/Palm Springs/Ontario area or are we better off trying to get to Santa Clarita and having an early, leisure drive along the coastal route. Second, how easy will it be getting hotel rooms in the area? I am a member of Q Returns with LAQuinta but do not need to use them exclusively. If rooms are plentiful then we can 'wing it' and call ahead from the road depending on traffic conditions. This isn't a speed run so we are flexible - I just dread the thought of LA area traffic :( We'd like to stay at a B&B somewhere on the northern leg of the coastal drive as we approah SF on Monday evening so recommendations are welcomed. We then have Tuesday AM to get into SF. Finally, all of the related posts have been a TREMENDOUS tool in laying the groundwork for this 9 day trip. Travel safely everyone!