My friend and I are going to be taking a road trip up the West Coast for our college's winter break. We live in Los Angeles. My friend wants to transfer to a college in San Diego and I'd like to transfer to a college in Seattle or Portland. So we'd like to visit those 3 cities. I would also like to visit some of the great nature Northern California has to offer. This is our first time planning a road trip - any trip advice would be appreciated (attractions to see, road routes to take, etc.) The idea was to start off by going to San Diego, then heading up the coast to Seattle. My two worries are time and weather. The tentative dates are from Jan 7 - 16th. Is this enough time? The idea of driving 6 hours a day is unappealing to us both. I have also never driven in snow. Would we need snow chains for parts of our route?