One of my favorite drives is North on Cal 1 from Monterey thru Watsonville, Santa Cruz, Half Moon Bay to Pacifica, about 70 miles. Lunch can be had at Soquel, Santa Cruz, Davenport and Half Moon Bay. Beaches are too many to list. South from Monterey on Cal 1, beaches, towns, gas stations and resturants are not numerous, but the scenery is fantastic. Did I mention the Sierras, or the Mojave desert?