What's the best way to travel between San Francisco and Newport Beach, and how long will it take on Rte 1 the whole way? We will travel Route 1 Pacific Coast Highway only one way (July 2012, can make it a weekday if best too) - should it be from north to south, or south to north? Either way we start the trip, we don't want hairpin turns at dusk, so do you think Big Sur would be a good stop to break up the drive? Also, are there parts of the trip that can be traveled inland for quicker arrival without missing anything great? thanks!