I have looked nearly on every forum from Santa Monica to San Franciso and I don't know what to do or where to stop on our 3 nights so I have a few questions for you??? Leaving Santa Monica on Friday 14th of Sept and driving to San Francisco...will not be staying in Santa Barbara but only have breakfast/lunch there..What is there to see between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo/Cambria/Pismo Beach?? (going to Napa so don't need to go to any wineries). Is the sceinic route on hwy 1 only between Cambria and Monteray or is it all the way to San Francisco.? Maybe a stupid question but we are from Ireland and am much confused by some of the posts!!!! Thinking of staying in San Luis Obispo for 1 night/Cambria for 1 night/ and Monteray for the 3rd night, my question here is if I don't book a hotel do you think our chances of getting a hotel on the day by walking in is risky????