We're planning to drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles over a couple of days, I know this has been done many many times and I have had a read through several posts, about people asking pretty much just this question, however I thought I'd ask my specific questions about this trip.
So far my itinerary goes something like this -
Pick up hire car and leave San Francisco (after having spent a few nights there) and head to San Jose to see Winchester House, spend most of the day here before heading down CA-17 S and CA-1 S to Monterey where we would spend the night.
Spend some of the day whale/wildlife watching before driving through Big Sur stopping along the way to enjoy the scenery. Continue driving to San Simeon and spend the night.
Spend most of the day around San Simeon/San Luis Obispo/Santa Maria before driving into Los Angeles.
So my questions are:
Essentially we only want to drive into LA to go straight to LAX, however we'll want dinner before going to the airport. Can you recommend somewhere that is EASY to get to (and get to the airport from, but with great food?
Will we have enough time to spend in Monterey and sight see along Big Sur in just one day? I'm not sure what time we'll get to Monterey on the first day, but it will probably be mid to late afternoon, so most sight seeing would be on the second day. Should I add a second night in Monterey?
Do you recommend we stay in San Simeon? Or where else?
Considering we would have spent time around Winchester House on the first day, I don't think my husband would be interested in seeing Hearst Castle (but I could be wrong) what else do you recommend to do in this area?
There will be my husband, my 2 year old daughter and I on this trip.
Thanks for all your help!