Hello! I was hoping I could get some input from Californian experts about the itinerary I had in mind for a California trip I'm thinking about planning. I realize there are a lot of other posts about similar topics throughout several different forums in which I read through, but I was hoping to get unique answers specific to my itinerary. So thank you in advance and I appreciate your time!
A little background... Nothing about this trip is set in stone yet (e.i.: dates, number of days for entire trip, flights, what cities we're visiting, number of nights in each city, etc.), so at this point we're flexible with basically everything and would love to hear your take on it as we are very open to suggestions that could potentially make this trip better. It will be my husband & I traveling, we are in our late 20's and we like to do a variety of things... sightseeing, eating great food, and doing things outdoors (biking, fishing, etc) are some of the things we enjoy. We like to hop around as we get bored being in places too long, getting just a taste of multiple places would be fine with us. We are interested in seeing the top sites in each city, so suggestions for each place would be appreciated (especially LA- not sure where to start! I don't think we'd be interested in the amusement parks there, seems like it would take up too much of our precious time). I have a tentative itinerary in mind based off of some research I've done, but any input you could provide I would appreciate!
Day 1, Saturday, 9/28: Arrive in San Francisco by Noon; Sightsee for the remainder of the day; Overnight in SF
Day 2, Sunday, 9/29: Sightsee all day; Overnight in SF
Day 3, Monday, 9/30: Wake up early, rent a car and drive down Hwy 1; Stop at Santa Cruz for a few hours (boardwalk & amusement park); Continue down Hwy 1 and stop in Monterey (aquarium); Overnight in Monterey (We've never been to a B&B, and I'm thinking this would be a good place to try one?)
Day 4, Tuesday, 10/1: Wake up early and explore Carmel for an hour or two (breakfast); Continue down Hwy1, taking our time & stopping for pictures at look-outs, etc; Debating on stopping at Hearst Castle (Is it worth it to stop here? Could we just drive around or do we have to take a tour inside?); Overnight in Morro Bay (arriving late)
Day 5, Wednesday, 10/2: Explore Morro Bay (fish, kayak); Overnight in Morro Bay
Day 6, Thursday, 10/3: Wake up early and drive to LA, stopping in Santa Barbara for a couple of hours (eat lunch, relax on beach); Overnight in LA
Day 7, Friday, 10/4: Sightsee; Overnight in LA
Day 8, Saturday, 10/5: Sightsee; Overnight in LA
Day 9, Sunday, 10/6: Depart LA, fly home