I might be doing some college visits on the left coast this March, and had thought of driving between LA and San Fran, as driving to airports, dealing with security, and finding new rentals won't be much faster. Also, I'd like to see more of the place. Questions: Any preferences between northbound and southbound? I'd thought of heading north to avoid sun in the eyes, but don't have any special insights. And is the coastal route up 1 markedly better than 101, or is there pleasure to be had driving in the interior? I know literally nothing about this stretch of the state.