We're a spontaneous young couple from The Netherlands and we're coming by to see your lovely country from June 20th until the 28th. We are planning to make a one week road trip, starting from Santa Clara, and ending up back at San Francisco on the 26th. Knowing that the trip actually starts on the 21st, that leaves us with five and halfish days of true sightseeing / driving around. We know that this amount of time is very limited to actually even make a start to get a glimpse of the West Coast, but we're young and we love to explore!
Thus far we've thought that the first day we'd probably drive the furthest (to Yosemite National Park), and stay there for the night as well. We were then thinking of taking it slow driving back to San Francisco, but we're not really sure what the best places are to stop along the way (and stay over night). We're quite the adventurous types, so staying in some sort of ghost village for the night is actually something we look forward to. We'd really love to drive across Pacific Coast Highway, enjoy a bit of nature, beaches, and shopping while we're at it.
In other words, we need some tips (especially on the way back to San Francisco).
Ruben & Kim