Hi we will be a family of five brits travelling LV-Yosemite-Pismo Beach-LA-LV & Grand Canyon over 3 weeks this July. The rest of my family just want to drive straight from FishCamp down to Pismo where we are going to stay 5 days to really chill out. They don't want to head out west to the coast and then drive down the pacific highway taking in Monterey and Big Sur (my husband & 2 of my three kids have already done San Francisco and Lake Tahoe it should be mentioned).
I can see that we will be able to get some day trips out from Pismo up Northwards to see the elephant seals at the lighthouse but by cutting out Monterey and Big Sur completely are we missing out on views of a life-time?? I was not inspired by overnight accommodation options in Monterey and Big Sur accommodation just looks a total rip off