I am purchasing a car down in Irvine, CA and plan to drive it up to Tacoma, WA this weekend. I normally take I-5 straight but would like to experience driving up the coast.
My wife and I plan to fly into Orange County Saturday morning and expect to arrive in San Francisco that evening. Sunday morning, we'd like to hang out at the pier and then head north in the early afternoon.
So my question is, would it be worthwhile to drive up 101 given the 1.5 days we have to get back? We obviously don't have time to stop in and look around but wonder if the views along the way will justify the added time.
If we take the coast, I was thinking of stopping in for the night on Sunday at either Crescent City, Brookings or Gold Beach. Any suggestions on where to stay (preferably a hotel)?