First off, this forum has saved my life. I spent the morning reading all posts about road trips to/from San Francisco and it's been very helpful. Thanks to everybody who shared their experiences and knowledge.
Basically, my family, all the way from Kuwait, is visiting me in San Diego. We are planning to see San Francisco and thought about doing a little road trip. I never drove further than LA so that's a problem for me. I need help!
Family: 3 kids (4-8 years old), 4 adults (2 nature lovers, 2 arts and crafts lovers). I'm having a hard time planning a trip that would fit all tastes.
These are our days:
Aug 9: Drive up – Stop somewhere in between to look around, sleep and recharge (Monterey?)
Aug 10: SF, hotel, (SF plan could change a lot),China Town
Aug 11: Wine country, Alcatraz, etc...
Aug 12: Great America Theme park
Aug 13: Checkout, head back to SD
Aug 14: need help on planning return route
Aug 15: need help on planning return route
(I have a GPS so I'm good if I need to change route due to fires affecting highways, but advice on this issue is welcome)
Route 1 going up. We start in San Diego and I plan on driving for 7 hours on the 1 route. I heard it's worth the driving and sea sickness :P
*** Any cool places we should stop and check out?
*** I need advice on what's the best place to stay a night and refresh. What is a good area that is beautiful? Recommendations would be very helpful so I can make reservations. I keep seeing Monterey pop up…
-The next day we head to SF, lots of great things to do and see. Three nights and then we're off again.
Plan for the drive down:
I'm lost on which route to choose.
We have two days for the drive down to San Diego, so my dilemma is: should I stay a night in Yosemite or avoid the big turn and take the kids to Lake Cachuma instead?? Is it worth it to spend just a night in Yosemite? Can you suggest other return routes that are interesting and I'm not aware of?
I would appreciate any kind of help and information. I'm basically a beginner with road trips and could use all the help I can get. Thanks very much for reading the post.