I apologize in advance -- I know there are a zillion Seattle to San Francisco threads and I searched the archives the best I could, but could not find exactly what I was looking for.
I'll be leaving Seattle in about a week, at 12 noon on Thursday Feb 9th, to head to San Francisco for a business meeting. The meeting is at 12 noon on Friday, Feb 10th. I may be able to get off work and leave a day earlier, on Wednesday, but I am not sure about this yet.
Even if I can leave on Wednesday rather than Thursday, time is still a concern, so I am pretty sure I will be taking I5 rather than Highway 101. Does anyone know the true time of this drive on I5 (not counting stops, which I will also plan for)? Mapquest says "13 hrs 47 mins" but I know sometimes these predictions can vastly underestimate the necessary time.
Should I be concerned about the weather & driving conditions? I'm driving a sedan, a Dodge Neon. I did check the forecast -- http://i.imgur.com/Rprcz.png -- seems fine, but will there be ice on the road? My research has told me to be wary of Siskiyou Pass, but I have been unable to find any sort of forecast for this specific pass. Anyone know how I can find out info about the weather & road conditions?
If I can leave Wednesday, and therefore have 48 hours for the drive rather than 24, what city would be the best place to stop for the night, any suggestions?
I am considering taking Highway 101 on the way home because the time pressure will be gone. I can take a few days to do the drive home to Seattle. How long does this drive take -- would the scenery be worth it? Any weather concerns? And again, any suggestions for places to stay? I am also very open to suggestions for some San Francisco sight-seeing. I like historical stuff and scenery.
Thanks in advance for any tips or suggestions