My best friend and I are looking to do a scenic drive along Highway 1 for some relaxation after having graduated college. She lives on the east coast and I live in Silicon Valley. We would like to meet up in So Cal in the end of April and maybe go to Disneyland, then rent a car and begin our trek to San Francisco. We anticipate taking our time (possibly 4-5 days?). I'm looking for advice on good places to stop (I've heard Hearst Castle is good, yes?), sights to see, and best places to stay overnight. Should I plan this much in detail or play it by ear and stop in whatever town looks good?
Thanks in advance for the advice! :)