This is a great site for information. Thank you all.
I'm going to a dear friend's wedding in Malibu, Saturday, Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving weekend) and we decided to make it a family (wife and 2 kids; 9,15) vacation as well. I want to take the kids along the coast drive so we're flying into SF on the 19th, and plan to work our way south on the 20th. I want to spend two nights out (20th and 21st), before arriving in Palm Desert late Thanksgiving Day (10/22) where we'll have dinner with my wife's aunt. We'll spend the night in Palm Desert and head out to L.A. on the 23rd.
We'd like to see the 'basics'; as much as you can in three days without rushing the experience. Where would you recommend staying nights 1 & 2? Any lodging recommendations would be appreciated.
I'm the only driver, so I'd also appreciate taking a more direct route where applicable, as long as it doesn't compromise the 'experience'...