I need some help with planning a trip to the mid-coast area of California. Please excuse what is going to be a somewhat long rambling.
We're flying into Burbank airport. The original goal was to drive up Highway 1 and leave out of San Jose. We will have 5 days.
My research for the trip has gotten thrown off for several reasons. First, I'm not quite sure if the PCH is open in places. Google maps will not let me map and I'm assuming it's because it thinks it's still closed. I think PCH is open, but the simple fact that it could be closed at any point in time has necessitated a change in plans. All hotels/motels in Big Sur area have cancellation penalties, so I don't want to get stuck if the road is closed.
Here's what I'm attempting to do: base myself in the Solvang area and use it for day trips of the area. Is there enough to do in this general area for about 2 days? Certainly spend a day in Santa Barbara. What else?
Then, I'll make decision to continue up the PCH (if open) or use an alternative route if necessary.
Hope these questions make sense!
(edit - I just realized I posted in wrong forum, but can't change it)Edited: 11:26 am, June 16, 2011