I'm planning to drive from San Fran to LA along Highway 1. I plan to spend 1 night somewhere along the route and split the drive into 2 days. Along the route, I'd like to make some stops. I'm planning to drive down Sept 25-26 (Wed Morning around 9 - Thur).
Thus far, I have planned to stop at Pfeifer Beach and Monterey Peninsula on the first day.
I'm looking for recommendations on where to spend a night? I'm hoping to find something along the coast. Budget is for around $100 (whether hotel or airbnb, but a bit more flexible). As of right now, I'm thinking either Pismo Beach, Cambria or Moonstone Beach. Where would people recommend I'd spend a night?
On the 2nd day of driving, I'm not sure if I should make a few stops or drive straight to Anaheim and explore the town. (I've planned to spend 2 full days at Disney on the Fri and Sat). Would people recommend stopping in Santa Barbara? and Malibu as well? However, Malibu, I was thinking i could visit later on when I'm in LA.