Question... we're heading to Sea World tomorrow from Anaheim. I could take I-5 all the way down, but I'm also wondering if CA 1 would be worth driving down on for the scenery. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
To answer your question, if you went to SeaWorld avoiding the i5 and trying to stick to the coast where possible, I’d expect that drive to be about 3 hours maybe more. The route south isn’t what it used to be as many parts of the old highway don’t exist or are not accessible so your doing a lot of diversions to stick to the coast. A good compromise would be to head south to Newport Beach and pick up the 1 from there to Dana Point then rejoin the i5. That should be around 2 hours, it adds about 40 mins to an hour depending on traffic.
All the best.
As said there is no long coastal drive to see things. Even the one closest to the Ocean is going to give limited partial views, and mostly just businesses for a view.
I would suggest just driving straight to San Diego. If you want to make a stop either going or coming, I would suggest you consider La Jolla Cove which has some stunning views of the Ocean, and you can walk out on an Ocean breaker to see the waves crash in and look at the Sea Lions.
Expect though the drive just to San Diego to take 2 hours regardless which is more realistic Imo if you dont stop at all.
October is kids month in San Diego. So Sea World will have the kids free special. One free for every paying adult. There may be high attendance numbers since the weather is nice and it's a Saturday. But that might not matter so much there.
If you take this route it will take you 2 to 2.5 hours: 5 south, 55 south, 1 south to Dana Point, 5 south, 8 west/Sea World Drive.
There is a major bicycle event happening this weekend (the National Multiple Sclerosis Bay-to-Bay Ride from Irvine to San Diego) and so roads may be shrunk down a lane or diverted (some cities are better about this than others, from the point of view of the bicycle).
I don't know whether you're going today (Saturday) or tomorrow (Sunday) but all 2,500 bicyclists will be on the road on Sunday and the ride ends right near Sea World.
>>>Is that enough time for the scenic route?<<<
Not to do it justice. Just drive straight to SeaWorld.