I have to be in San Francisco on August 11th, and have 2 weeks before that to travel around the West Coast (leaving july 27). I've only been to the west coast once (san fran) and that was twenty years ago -- so I'm open to all sorts of suggestions. I currently live in a big city, so cities are not high on my agenda (nor is going out at night, or going to bars, etc)- I'd really love to just see beautiful places (national parks are great, but doesn't have to be that big) - and drive a bunch (with plenty of time to stop/rest/swim/play/relax etc.)
A few thoughts we've had is to fly into vancouver, canada and drive down to seattle, and then to portland and then to san fran.
Another thought we had was to fly into vegas, go through joshua tree and death valley, palm springs, to L.A. and then up to san fran. Our only concern, of course, is how hot it will be in some of these places during this time of year (we really don't know - we're just guessing).
Other options would be to fly into the yellowstone area and drive across idaho to portland, and then down to san francisco.
anyway, as you can tell - i'm really open to suggestions, and would love input from people.