We'll be flying into LA from Sydney on July 29 and are planning to hire a car with a one way rental and drive to San Diego and then up the coast to Seattle, arriving around August 13 to 15. We're in the early stage of planning our itinerary and would appreciate some comments and suggestions.
After we arrive in LA on Wed July 29 we plan to drive to San Diego and spend the Thursday and Friday there before heading back to LA and then on to San Francisco. We've been to LA numerous times so we won't be spending any time there. We could take 3 days to travel from San Diego to San Francisco, arriving on Monday evening August 3. We would then spend two days in San Francisco before heading north on Thursday 6th.
If we can fit it in we'd like to travel via Yosemite and perhaps then on to Lake Tahoe when we leave San Francisco before heading north. If we do this we could travel via Reno but from there I'm not sure whether to then travel down to Sacramento and then up Highway 5 and then west towards the coast or to travel on 395 from Reno and head towards the coast further north.
We're mainly travelling for photography and I love mountain as well as coastal scenery so I'm sure we'd enjoy travelling on either route. As we travel from California to Oregon and Washington there will be coastal as well as inland places worth seeing so I would appreciate any suggestions on an ideal route, with 7 to 10 days to travel to Seattle after we leave San Francisco, as well as any comments on the route between LA and San Francisco - where to stop on each of the two nights, or whether we could comfortably travel from San Diego to San Francisco in two days. I've seen the LA - SF drive done in two days on travel shows here but with the extra distance from San Diego to LA that may be too difficult to fit in.