I'm planning a road trip to San Diego in August and need some advice. We are heading down from Vancouver and plan on driving 12-14 hours per day to arrive 2 days later. According to google maps this seems possible (maybe a bit crazy!) but I'm looking for some insight on whether or not it seems do-able to drive along the 101 for some of the trip and still make it in time. We were looking at cutting into the 101 somewhere between Portland and Eugene Oregon, seeing some of the coast (even tho it will be near evening) and then seeing the red wood forest during our next day's travel and ending up somewhere within 4 hours of Sandiego that night.... Big question is where is a good place to get back onto the I-5, or is it crazy to stay on the coast (thus not wasting time crossing back over? Once again google maps tells me I can get from Crescent City to Santa Barbara in 12 hours but I'm worried about traffic slowing us down. Do you trust Google Maps to give you a legitimate timeline? It also tells me I can get from Santa Barbara to San Diego in about 3 hours, but again will traffic on the coast make that a lot longer? I realize its quite the time crunch but we're really hoping to not have to do the I-5 both ways for a little more of a scenic drive. Thanks so much for all your thoughts and advice!