Last minute opportunity to steal some family time for an adventure together before our son heads off to college. We have never travled to California, only wish we had more time. We like the city, but equally like crusing and backroads and getting off the beaten path. Hoping we have enough time to do both on this trip. Can fly into either L.A. or S.F., but thought that traveling in one direction only, would allow us to do more - don't want a loop w/ only one week. Not really interested in spending time in L.A......if we fly in, we can rent a vehicle and perhaps do a drive by of something iconic before getting on the road heading north. I have found that w/ our kids, being on the move a couple days and then pausing for overnights is the most pleasurable. I have read so many reports here in the past 2 days my head is spinning - the biggest challenge is to focus on what is realistic in only 8 days, and create a pleasurable road trip balancing our love of exploring off the beaten path places, seeing 'must-see' things and then enjoying a couple days in San Francisco since we also love the city. I welcome ideas for pacing the trip, and suggestions for cool, memorable, interesting places I wouldn't necessarily find on my own. Appreciate all feedback!