[Editorial Note: We moved this post into it's own dedicated thread to avoid some earlier confusion, (when it resided on a thread with the route of travel going some place else)]
I am thrilled to find this forum.... I too am planning to explore the coastal road between San Francisco and points north. Is there anyone who can comment upon approximate drive times, and preferred routes from San Jose to Sonoma county and then along the coast to favorite scenic vistas? I am very interested in seeing the redwoods, but need to be selective: I have only 5 full days from the time I leave San Jose and need to be back there. I'm not familiar with hwy. 1 and don't want to underestimate drive times and traffic. I consulted a travel agent at my local AAA office and she advised me to take hwy 1 north to Arcata, then turn west on 299 to Interstate 5 in Redding. Her logic is that 5 is a fast way south and back to San Jose. I'm seeking advice on this idea. It looks like a pretty ambitious itinerary for 5 days, given the terrain and possibly the traffic. Thanks.