We are planning a road trip in early October along the state of California. We will be traveling from Point Mugu State Park to Joshua Tree National Park. I originally wanted to drive along the coast on the PCH on a Monday morning, cut up over at Santa Monica Blvd and then shoot out of the city. From what I have read, it sounds like that may be a bit much to try to pack in. Any advice on travel times to make that work without getting stuck in horrendous traffic or is that something to be expected when traveling through LA at any time? Advice much appreciated.