I am planning to travel from San Francisco to Santa Cruz and Monterey via Hwy101 to Carlesbad, CA. Are there any "don't miss" places along Hwy101? I want to see Hearst Castle and the missions at San Luis Obispo which I know is pretty much an all day adventure. Where would be a good place to stop for the night in order to visit San Simeon area? I would like oceanfront but don't want to spend more than around $200 a night. Then, should I stick to the coastal roads or head east to I-5 and bypass LA altogether? Time is not a factor except that I would like to avoid LA traffic if possible. I have no desire to stop in LA or its surrounding areas. I will have a condo waiting in Carlesbad. Thanks.