Great forum, and reading through many posts has led me to this point in planning my 10 day central Californian road trip.
Flying into LAX on the 9th September from Perth, Australia (long way!), pick up car and drive to Santa Barbara for 1st night (accommodation suggestions welcome). Drive up Hwy 1 next day to Monterey for what I hear is a great place to enjoy California's finest food, then head over to Oakhurst for the night prior to spending a couple of days in Yosemite NP. Exit via Tioga Pass, enjoy the wonders of Hwy 395 down to Death Valley NP, then head back to LAX for a flight out on the 19th September.
Really looking for some guidance on the pacing of the trip and any accommodation suggestions, want to spend each night in some high end accommodation, and as the girlfriend and I love food any restaurant tips welcomed as well. Ideally would like to get back to LA on the night of the 17th, and do Six Flags Magic Mountain on the 18th prior to flying on the 19th. Is it enough time for what I have outlined? We like to travel at a slow pace, and avoid any really long days in the car.
Hopefully I have managed to attach the planned route above, thanks in advance for any tips on the impending holiday!