We will be leaving Yosemite area on a Wednesday in late July. We must leave from SFO on Friday morning. Our choice is to drive to Santa Cruz: probably arriving about 2:00 pm, spend the evening, stay overnight, and have most of the next day in the area before driving up to our hotel near SFO for our last night. Or, we can drive from Yosemite through the Gold Country, stay somewhere in that area, and then work our way to SFO for our last night. We thought combining a few days in San Francisco with Yosemite and Santa Cruz might be the best "variety" of experiences, but are now thinking about how much drive time may be involved for that 24 hours in Santa Cruz. From those of you "in the know", would there be much difference in drive time? All advice and info is welcome. Thank you.