We(Me(32),my wife(26) and mom(56)) are planning to take a road trip over this long weekend. We are leaving on Thursday evening after work from Santa Barbara and plan to be back on Tuesday night.
Here is our tentative itinerary
13th : Leave SB and reach Monterey
14th : Drive Monterey to Ashland,OR
15th : Ashland,OR to Portland,OR
16th : Stay in Portland
17th : Portland to some city
18th : Some city to Santa Barbara
Now I need to fill in what to do on each day. I was hoping to use highway 5 while going to Portland and use a portion of Highway 1 while coming back. I won't have time to drive all the way on highway 1 so which portion between Portland and SF on highway 1 is most scenic ? What to see on our way from Ashland to Portland ? Where should we stay when we drive from Portland towards Santa Barbara given we have two days to make it to Santa Barbara. Family is not in a mood for hikes and the weather is pretty cold too so any sightseeing spot that is not much of walk would be nice.
We have seen Santa Barbara to San Francisco region many times so would like to skip any sightseeing spots in those areas. Please help. We start driving tomorrow and have no clue what we are going to see.