I am leaving in a few days for a trip to the Pacific Northwest and Northern California and am concerned about how long it will take for some of the stops en route. I was using an AAA triptik and so based my stops on their travel time estimates. We will be driving from Bandon, OR to Mendocino and want to arrive there around 4:00 pm or so. We would like to drive Rte. 101 and include a drive down the Avenue of the Giants. How long will the trip take, factoring in a meal and rest stops, plus some time to get out of the car and take some photos?
The other question is how long it will take to drive from Mendocino to SF with a stop in Bodega Bay (which I heard can take 4 hours just for that stretch of Highway 1 - don't know if that is accurate)? I was planning to take 1 into the Marin Headlands, but am willing to change my route if it will save a lot of time. We want to arrive in SF around 4:00 pm or a bit later.