We are spending our last full day in California visiting Hearst Castle. We then need to depart LAX the next morning on a 10.30 flight to Hawaii. I have been warned here before about traffic getting to LAX during morning times. I'm trying to work out where to spend our last night after our Castle visit and have been advised to stay closer to LA. Do people consider Santa Barbara or Santa Monica close enough or should I try for closer to LAX? I'm trying to avoid too long a drive after the Castle visit. We don't mind early starts but we are now concerned about LA traffic. Thanks again for any advice.