My wife, 13 year old daughter and I are planning on driving from SF to LA in the second week of January. We will be en route back to New Zealand after spending Christmas in the UK. While we have spent a lot of time passing through the West Coast in the past we have not actually done this drive before.
We will have 5 nights - the first of which we will be spending in SF as we will be arriving in that night. The 5th night we will probably spend at a Disney Hotel to enable us to do the Dineyland thing on our final day.
We are confused about where to stay along the way. We have been told we must stay at Carmel, Monterey, Santa Cruz, Sanata Barbara and so on, but only have 3 nights unaccounted for.
We are really keen to see the coastal route and the beauty that we have heard so much about. We are wine lovers (well my wife and I are) and are keen to explore that side of things. We are interested in the history of the area. My wife and daughter are exercise freaks so to run, swim or cycle in the area would be fun.
We are keen to explore. We don't want to stay in 5 star hotels when you could be anywhere in the world.
We would be very grateful if anybody had suggestions as where we should overnight, good local hotels and must do things while we are on the road.
3 confused Kiwis!!