Thelma and Louise are itching to get on the road for about 9-10 days, round trip from San Jose. The only "musts" are Big Sur and a couple of days in Vegas. I would love to use a couple of days and go up to Zion (my favorite place in North America) but it is optional. Departure date is around Oct. 15.
How long should we allow for Big Sur? Any whales then? Other wildlife? Easy, scenic hikes are our style.
I think we'd enjoy the drive south on Hwy 1 - any pointers on stops along the way? Maybe Hearst Castle - can we decide last minute or do we need to reserve in advance?
At what point should we head to Bakersfield - or is there a better way to get to Vegas (not much interest in SoCal) ? Do we go as far as San Luis Obispo? Anything of interest there?
Lastly, I've never stopped when going through the Mohave. Is there "what to see" on the way?