We're planning a 2 day road trip from Vegas to San Francisco (including driving the Big Sur on Highway 1) in late June and were wondering what people's opinions were about the pros and cons of different routes.
The two options we have on the table at the moment are:
Option 1 (~13 hours, 700 miles)
Day 1 AM: Vegas to Barstow, via Mojave and Route 66 (short stretch through Amboy, Bagdad and Siberia).
Day 1 PM: Barstow to Paso Robles (or nearby)
Day 2: Paso Robles to San Francisco, via Highway 1 along the Big Sur coastline (through Monterey, Santa Cruz etc)
Option 2 (~17 hours, 900 miles)
Day 1: Vegas to Fresno, but via Death Valley and Yosemite National Parks
Day 2: Fresno to San Francisco, via Highway 1 along the Big Sur coastline (through Cambria, Monterey, Santa Cruz etc)
What do people think about these options? Would option 2 be too much driving to get done in 2 days and still have time for stops etc? Which route has the best scenery/landmarks/attractions to see and generally which would you recommend from your experience?
We're likely to be on a relatively small budget (unless my prior 2 weeks in Vegas has gone very well!), so a cheap hotel for the one night between the two days of driving would be preferable - I'm travelling with a work colleague, but we're happy to share a twin room to keep costs down.
Any general advice would also be welcome - I have some experience of road trips in the US over the last 10 years, but never before as one of the drivers.
Looking forward to hearing your responses!