My husband and I are planning on driving a portion of the PCH in May. Our current plan is to start somewhere near Dana Point and end up in San Francisco. Our flight leaves out of San Fran but we're not planning on spending time there as we have been there a number of times in the past couple of years. I would love suggestions for where to spend time, what to do and where to stay the night during our drive. We are looking for a combination of hikes, walking cities/towns, spending some time on the water, and eating at great restaurants. Here are some of the cities we've looked at. Would love any input on what to skip, what's worth a few hours and what's worth an overnight.
-Santa Catalina island