My DH and 14 yr old son and I are coming to SF next week for 6 nights and then driving down to the Monterey Bay area, staying in Carmel for a night and then driving on down to LA the next day. I want to drive along route 1 through Big Sur and view the scenery and everything. We have a 1 pm reservation for a tour at the Hearst Castle in San Simeon and then after that we'll continue on down to LA, expecting to get there at around 7 pm. I was planning on leaving our B&B in Carmel early, at around 8:30 to head out to Big Sur and the surrounding area, will it be totally fogged in early in the day, and is it realistic to think I can drive from Big Sur, stopping and seeing the sights and make it to San Simeon by 12:30 for our tour? We're not big hikers, so I don't expect to do anything like that, but I do want to savor the scenery and not just whiz by it.
Also, is the drive down Route 1 really as hair raising as some of my co-workers led me to believe today? No guard rails? I'm afraid I'm not very good with heights.
Any tips or help would be much appreciated. Thanks!