We will be traveling to SF in mid June, spending three days seeing the sites in SF and on the fourth day heading out to Yosemite. We will have three nights in Yosemite, which I guess with travel is 2 1/2 days in the park. From there the plan is to head back toward SF. From the time we leave till we depart we have three day and we are trying to figure out the best way to spend them. A friend who spent several years in the SF area insists we take a day and go to Monterey. So if we do that, what is the best route from Yosemite to Monterey and what is worth seeing en route? We like quirky stops, art in the park type things in addition to nature and the great outdoors. Our kids are 13 & 15 so we try to mix in some small towns and occasional shops.
Also, I have seen several different routes posted in the forums over the years. We are staying in Yosemite West, it looks like we need to go through Mariposa, is that correct?