After three days in Seattle i picked up a rental-car and headed down the coast. Here's my route:
I spent the first night in Albany, after about 5 hours of driving. I got a late start, and wanted to be sure to have a place to stay before it got dark. The next day i drove to Eureka, i think that took about 9 hours since i went the scenic, coastal route. After spending the night in a shabby, but cheap motel i drove for about 7 hours until i reached Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.
I had already booked a hotel for the first night, and a motel for the second night, so all i had to do was find parking. Well, finding a free place to park in SF is nearly impossible, so i ended up paying $35 for 24 hour parking. The next day i parked the car at the motel, which offered free parking. Other than my parking-woes i just did a bunch of sightseeing; I walked up to the Coit tower, rode a cable-car, walked through Chinatown, ate at the Fisherman's Wharf, went through various stores in town, etc.
After two nights i got up bright and early, and hit the road at 7 am, before the rush-hour traffic set in. Thanks to my retarded GPS i drove across the Golden Gate Bridge again, which was wrong, so i drove back over it (that's a $6 fee, thankyouverymuch). Once i was out i got back on highway 1 and stuck to it for most of the trip down. This trip is really special, and I'd recommend it to anyone (with a driver's license, at least!).
After about 12 hours i finally arrived at my grandmother's house in San Clemente where I spent 12 days just hanging out and enjoying life