Yes, another post on this topic. I have read the others and understand that most people feel it takes way too long to do the coastal route, although well worth it in scenic beauty. But some do say to drive part of the way on the coast.
Here's our situation: 2 vehicles with 4 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 elementary kids, and one almost one year old. The trip will be mid-July. One family lives in FL and the other in MI, so we don't want to miss the beauty of the CA coast. Eureka is our most northern destination, unless we drive a little ways up to see more redwoods while we are staying in Eureka.
Obviously, we don't want to be on the road longer than necessary. If we drive mostly 101 and detour only to drive the Avenue of the Giants, is there any short stretch of Hwy 1 that we can take without causing too much extra time on our trip?