We are planning to leave Calistoga and Napa Valley between 9 and 10am and start our drive to Carmel. This will be on a weekday. Google maps is of course suggesting 680 to 101, but I'm thinking I'd like to enjoy a more scenic drive down the coast, and we are not actually in a huge hurry. Would it make sense to drive through San Francisco instead via the Bay Bridge and then pick up Highway 1 in Pacifica?
Any problems with traffic flow or construction that make this a stupid idea? Or if someone has a better route I'd love to hear it! Thanks!