I'm planning a week-long road trip up the California coast, Los Angeles to San Francisco (farther up too if possible - perhaps, Mendocino) and back down to L.A. I'll be going sometime in the first two weeks of January 2006 with a friend who hasn't been to CA before (I live in San Bernardino and have been up north, but not for substantial periods of time. And, I've only driven the I-5 up). I'm driving a 2001 Ford Mustang (hard top - shame, but it'll be chilly, anyway, right? :) ). I've also bought the Lonely Planet California Coast road trip book and have been reading through that.
I was wondering if anyone had any other suggestions for places to go/see, any routes to take, other books/literature to look at, any vehicle precautions (esp. since the trip is in January). We're also two college age women, so any advice about where to go/where to NOT go (a.k.a. danger) would help too!
Any help would be great!
Thanks so much!