We'll be leaving Yosemite Valley early morning to get on the road to head to the coast for a two day road-trip up the PCH. I'm confused as to which approach gets us the biggest bang for our buck.
Google estimates the drive time to be almost the same whether we head West and then south, through monterery/carmel down to Big Sur/Pfeiffer State Park. This route means we'd be doing some backtracking to get to our hotel in Monterey that evening. The second route (same drive time) has us going south through Fresno and eventually west to Cambria. Maybe we would stop in cambria for coffee/breakfast/stretch (other things to see?), then start the Big Sur Drive from that point enjoying stops along the way for the day, ending in Monterey. We know this is a long day of driving. It's all good.
I'm leaning toward option two, seems like we'd get to see more of the coast for the same amount of time driving? Which is the bigger bang for our driving? I'm not sure which gets me closer to the "start" of the Big Sur Drive? Or if the drive from Cambria to Big Sur is a 'must-see' part of the coast?