I will be leaving Torrance in night at 8:00 PM (to avoid on the way traffic) to Monterey. Since, I will be working whole day, so I do not want to drive too much direct to Monterey. I want to stay in night somewhere in between and next day morning, I will start to Monterey and stay there 2 nights. I have two options to stay in between
Torrance - (198 miles) - San Luis Obispo - (143 miles) - Monterey ==> Highway 101 ==> http://goo.gl/maps/H51Os
As per some travel experts, San Luis Obispo must be better, but would Highway 101 be faster to reach in night ? And somewhere cheaper hotel too. I will be driving on 3rd July night, so traffic will be a concern. Miles are almost same via both roads. This drive towards Monterey will be in night, so anyway I will not be seeing scenic places.