I know this route is well described on this board but I couldn't find my answers.
I'm planning to leave SF on Aug 13th around 10 AM and need to be in LA on 15th by noon because I need to catch the plane. I will be traveling alone in rented car.
I would like to come to LA the night before so it gives me the time for quick tour in the morning before my flight.
Where would you recommend that I split the trip and spend the night 13/14 between starting and ending point? I can spend up to 50$ for hotel/hostel.
I would like to make some longer stops in places like Monterey, Santa Cruz, Big Sur, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Hearst Castle, Santa Barbara (not more than 3 hours) and some short once here and there along the road.
Is it good plan or should I forget about LA and make full 2 days with 2 night at two places and than head directly to airport on 15th?
If I choose this second option where should I spend the night?
I would like to make trip plan and book accommodation before I leave for US (3 weeks from now), so I don't need to bother about that when I get there.
I will appreciate any advice.
Thanks in advance.