Hi I am planning a roaming trip to California next year. I'm trying to decide which month to go. Our trip will last 3 weeks and we will be spending aprox 2 weeks traveling around south California but whit a week/5 days around the San Francisco/Yosemite/ Monterey area's.
I understand the climate can be quite different north to south and the spring and autumn seasons each have their own pro's and con's.
My understanding is spring is lovely and green, mild weather, low crowds, cheaper than summer but can have foggy cooler days in the north. Autumn having similar if not warmer weather than spring, no fog and similar cost and busyness to spring.
It doesn't sound like there is much difference to me and as it stands I think I would prefer the spring as its sooner (don't want to wait 18mths to go), I like the thought of the place being in bloom, waterfalls, and I'm not that deterred by the fog in and around San Fran partly because I would like to see it and also we wont be spending much of the trip there.
The big concern for me is the us of the term "mild weather". I've looked up season averages etc and spring seems to be around 21C average. I guess most brits have a different idea of mild and I'm hoping that when that say mild that is comparable to a hot summers day in the UK.
Would love to hear from people who have travelled at there at these times and the pros and cons etc