We are a family of four with a 15 and 12 years old traveling from SF to LA the last week of March. We would like to spend one night someplace on the way there and possibly on the way back to SF. Can you please recommend the best area to stay? We plan to take our time driving, possibly visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Hearst Castle but can't decide between the two. We are leaving SF on a Monday and need to get back by Friday night. In LA we will need one day to see the Universal Studios and we would like to do the tour of celebrity homes. We were planning to leave LA either on Thursday evening or on Friday morning. Any suggestions? We love nature and prefer it over man-made attractions, however, we would like our kids to have fun and not be bored. Any suggestions? I am really not sure if they will enjoy the Hearst Castle.