Collecting a hire car 11am in San Francisco and need to return it to LAX at 11am TWO DAYS later. Therefore we have two overnight stops. We are thinking of driving San Francisco to Carmel?Monterey on the first day then take our time the whole following day to make our way down the coast.
Not sure where to make our second overnight stop. I am thinking of Lompoc as it seems like a decent driving distance to make it back to LA in time to drop off at 11am.
Is this reasonable?? Or should we make our San Francisco departure time a bit later given the fact that we need to negotiate LA traffic as first time visitors....ie would it be better to do say a 1pm pick up from San Fran so that we have until 1pm to get back to LA from Lompoc area?
Can anyone advise me on our choice of overnight stops...are there more advantageous places to break the journey?? Am I allowing enough time Lompoc to LA if I need to be there by 11, or is the later option better. We will be travelling mid to late September.