Our plan is to drive from LA up the coast to perhaps somewhere around Cambria, spend the night there, then next day drive to Isabella Lake via Wasco, spend a second night there and on the 3rd day head for DV via r.190.
On the map at least, it looks pretty nice and varied...we get the coastal scenery along r.101, then the mountains as you head inland on r.46, the farmland round Wasco/Kern county, then more mountains round Isabella Lake.
However, the map is one thing, real views are another!! If you had a choice, would you opt for this route, or opt for:
a) the most direct route to DV - possibly coming in via Trona - and have an extra 2 days in DV (as it is, we'll have 3 full days, 4 nights at DV).
b) miss out the coastal stretch and head up r.5 to r.46, then head for Isabella Lake and have 1 extra day in DV.
We'll be going in early October, by the way, not sure how green it is this time of year, especially the farmland area (do like driving through farmland, but only if its fresh and green - if the fields are barren and crop-free in October, there's not much point). Similarly, not sure if the LA-Cambria stretch of R.101 is particularly spectacular...
Just to put it all into context, after DV, the plan is to drive to Joshua Tree NP via Mojave NP, spend 2 nights/1 full day in Joshua Tree, and on the last day drive back to LA.