Dear Trip Advisor experts:
I would love to get some suggestions from you regarding a planned road trip this summer. I have done a lot of reading on the forum (both general California and the specific locations we are visiting), and have also looked at the top questions, and I have not seen these particular questions answered.
I am traveling with my two daughters (ages 15 and 26) August 13-21, arriving at SFO around 2:30 pm and renting a car. Our itinerary is as follows:
Aug. 13: SFO to Santa Cruz
Aug. 18: Wawona to SF. Will try to drop off car in Union Square if possible. If not, first drop car at SFO.
Aug. 18, 19: San Francisco. Reservations at Cornell de France Hotel.
Aug. 20: San Francisco. Possible hotel near airport for early morning departure.
Aug. 21: Departure SFO
From everything I've read, this trip seems doable, although I would love to have a little more time around Monterey.
Here are my questions:
1. What might I expect the weather to be like mid-August? Unfortunately, this is the only time we can make the trip. I know the waterfalls will be mostly dried up in Yosemite, and given the lack of snow, it may be very dry. And I've been told that the weather will be cool and foggy in SF. But what about along the coast? Should we expect a lot of fog during that drive or is it not necessarily a given?
2. I have not been able to find any sort of ideas for what to see along the way from Monterey to Yosemite and then from Yosemite to San Francisco. Suggestions? I am thinking of possible interesting towns or sights that would involve perhaps an hour or so diversion. It doesn't have to be spectacular (after all, we will have plenty of spectacular the rest of the trip!) - more interested in quirky, pretty, or educational, and especially anything we would be less likely to see back home (mid-Atlantic to New England).
The recommended route to Yosemite from Monterey: Rte. 101 to 156 to 152 to 140.
From Wawona back to San Francisco: 41 to 49 to 140 to 99 to 120 to 5 to 580, etc.
If you have any other suggestions to this route and/or any ideas for places to stop along the way, I would be most grateful!
Thanks very much!
Chevy Chase, MD