My family (2 adults & a 13 y.o) will travel from SF to Santa Cruz as a day trip as part of a longer CA vacation. I'm struggling w/the route. I've heard Highway 35 is lovely, winding & lots of redwoods, sounds grand. But what about Highway 1 with Half Moon Bay & Ano Nuevo etc. We want to at least drive through if not hike in Big Basin, but it looks like we can get there from either route. We will be going farther South the next day as far as Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park before we double back & head out to Yosemite. If we do the inland route is the next day's drive into Big Sur enough to get our coastline fix? We're from MIchigan, we've got lots of beautiful coastline but don't see the ocean very often - husband & daughther have never been to the Pacific.