I'd be really grateful for any advice/tips you can give me.
My partner and I are planning our trip for June 2013. We'll be flying out to Portland to visit my cousin and stay with him for a couple of nights, which leaves us 12 or 13 nights for the journey down to LA.
The problem is we don't have much of an idea about an itinerary yet. Is this a sufficient amount of time without having to spend too long driving each day?
Places we would definitely like to spend 2 or 3 nights are San Francisco, Yosemite, Monterey/Carmel and LA. Places we would like to visit along the way are Crater Lake, Redwood, Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara.
If anyone has any suggestions about interesting places we could visit/stay I'd really appreciate it as we're from Scotland and have never been to this part of the world, so are unfamiliar with it.
I'd like the trip to be quite structured so that we have all hotels booked in advance to avoid the possibility of having to sleep in the car! So an itinerary would be great.