My husband and I are planning an 8-night anniversary stay in California, flying into San Francisco.
PLEASE help us with our itenerary and give me your suggestions. We like to slow down and enjoy nature, in serene and quaint spots. This is our rough draft of things we are looking at so far. Is this reasonable without being exhausted at the end?
Upon arrival in SF, rent a car and drive the PCH south and lodging anywhere between Santa Cruz and Big Sur (See West Cliff Drive, Point Lobos, Pfeiffer, 17-mile drive, Winery visit / tour). What city & hotel should we to lodge?
Night 3: Yosemite 3
What are must sees here? Lodging?
Night 4: Lake Tahoe, CA
Is this a must? Where for lodging? If not, then what's a must see to visit and lodge between Yosemite and Crescent City?
Night 5: Crescent City
Redwood National Park, Ave of Giants, Fernwood, Jedediah (is this too much for one night's stay)? Lodging?
Night 6: Mendocino
Nights 7 & 8: Napa / San Francisco
Napa Valley, Wine Tours / Visit, Alcatraz
Should stay 2 nights in SF or 1 each in SF & Napa?
Also, iIs there a city tour we can take of SF?
We are pretty much wine novices and would really like to take either a tour with a company or visit a couple of wineries.
It is my understanding that driving in SF is not visitor-friendly, so we were thinking of turning in our rental car upon our return to SF and using public transportion; however, we don't know how we would be able to tour Napa Valley. Also don't want to drive under the influence if we kept our rental car and drove to wineries. Should we keep car or turn in? If we turn in, we would have to get other transportation to and from airport.
As for lodging, we are not looking for a spa-like or extravigant experience, but at least slightly on the romantic side, that is clean and reasonably priced. We've never stayed at a B&B and not sure if this is something we'd enjoy doing.
Also, would you recommend redistributing our nights and staying more or less nights anywhere?