Have planned a 3 day roadtrip, 2 overnight stops, and this is what we are hoping to see along the journey, and I'd like to know if there are any changes that should be made. Also, anything we have missed, or should not worry about visiting this trip. All times mentioned are aprox: may be more (but not substantially) or less.
What I am really seeking assistance with is help nominating the appropriate stops, lunch and overnight. I am just finding it difficult to work out where to stay given what we are planning on seeing and the ammount of driving in between each part of the trip. I guess there will be several options thrown up, all gratefully welcomed for consideration.
Leave LA am
Stop @ Mailbu: Walk the pier and take a few pics of the coast
Stop @ Oxnard: Heritage Square for 1/2 hr max.
Stop @ Ventura: Harbor walk and Crowne Plaza Hotel for view 1 hr
Stop @ Summerland: Lookout Park 15 min
Stop @ Santa Barbara: County Courthouse ½ hr Santa Barbara Harbour ½ hr Mission ½ hr Paseo Nuevo ½ hr La Arcada Court ½ hr
Head onto H154 via Lake Cachuma to Santa Ynez 246 to Solvang
Stop @ Solvang: Town Walk & Danish & coffee 2 hrs
Drive Solvang to Buellton (not stopping here)
Buellton to Los Alamos (not stopping here)
Los Alamos 101 to Santa Maria (not stopping here)
Santa Maria 101 to Pismo Beach
Stop @ Pismo Beach: Dinosaur Caves Park ½ hr
Drive Pismo Beach 101 to San Louis Obisbo
Stop @ San Luis Obispo: Apple Farm (world first motel) 15 min Madonna Inn toilets 15 min
Hwy 1 to Morro Bay
Stop @ Morro Bay: Walk out to rock 1 hr
Stop @ Cayucos: photostop 10 min
Stop @ Cambria: Moonstone Beach ½ hr Scarecrow Festival/Shops 1 hr
Stop @ San Simeon: Hearst Castle 3hrs
Stop @ Julia Pfeifer Burns State Park to view waterfall 1 hr
Stop @ Nepenthe: Restaurant/Views 15 min
Stop @ Bixby Bridge: 30 min
Stop @ Carmel by the Sea: City Beach ½ hr 17 Mile Dve 1 hr Pebble Beach Golf Club 30 min Carmel Mission ½ hr
Stop @ Santa Cruz: Natural Bridges State Beach 30 min
Stop @ Half Moon Bay: Lighthouse 15 min
Drive to San Francisco
Many thanks for your input in advance!