I have been reading the forums for a little while now and could really do with some help/info/advise for a trip we are planning next May (2 adults)
We are flying in to LA from the UK on the 19th May and will be spending a few days in LA. Currently our plan is then to head up Highway 1 to Carmel/Monterey and from there head over to Yosemite before finishing off in SFO where we will fly home from.
A few questions if I may:
Will I be able to drive from the West Hollywood area of LA to Carmel or Monterey in 1 day, driving up highway 1? The other option I have is that we actually start from Santa Barbara, is this a better option? Is Santa Barbara an ok place to stay overnight?
Which is a better place to stay Carmel or Monterey? I assume with them being so close we don't need to spend a night in both, my initial plan is to stay just one night, giving say an afternoon and a morning to have a look around.
I understand the drive from Carmel/Monterey to Yosemite is about 4/5 hours, and we are currently planning on staying at the Tenaya Lodge for 2 nights, giving us 1 full day and a part day. I have read lots about the Tioga Pass Road, is this something we need to take in to account staying where we are?
The other option is to drive straight from LA to Yosemite (again about 5 hours?) and then after there head over to Carmel/Monterey, is this a better option? I assume whichever route we take there will be plenty of gas stations, and places to stop for a break etc? and that the roads are safe?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks in advance