my boyfriend and i are planning a trip to california's central coast for the third week in june (yes, i suppose i've waited until the last minute, huh?). we are flying out of new york. we have a week (flying in saturday and flying out saturday) to spend, and we would like to drive from big sur to santa barbara, stopping frequently to see the sights in between. so, i have couple of logistical questions:
-does it make a difference whether we fly in to san francisco or los angeles? e.g., does it make a difference if we drive north or south along the coast?
-does anyone recommend flying in to a smaller airport, such as santa barbara? or is it not worth the extra hassle of changing flights, etc.?
-is is better to drive just LA-SF or SF-LA, or is it better to do a loop, and begin and end in the same place?
-is this just too much to cram in to a week? i know we can't possibly see everything, but would it be better to start further south down the coast? we really want to see the channel islands in particular.
any help would be GREATLY appreciated. it's so hard to find this kind of practical advice in guidebooks.
thank you again for any advice!