My girlfriend and I are from the UK and are finalising plans for a roadtrip around Northern California, starting 19th Sept for 2 weeks. We are hiring a convertible and staying in motels. Below is our current schedule and we would like anyone to let us know if there is anything they feel is wrong with the distances we are planning to cover, or if there is anything we've missed that would be worth stopping to see. Here goes :
Fri 19th Sept - Land at LAX and drive to Buellton. Dinner at Hitching Post 2. Been there before and loved it!
Sat 20th Sept - 101 to Atascadero, 41 up to 46 East, then Giant Sequoia National Monument and stay in Visalia.
Sun 21st Sept - Sequoia and Kings Canyon NPs, then up 41 North to stay at Oakhurst.
Mon 22nd Sept - Yosemite NP then Tioga Pass to stay at Lee Vining. Mono Lake - been there before but want to see it again.
Tue 23rd Sept - 395 North up to South Lake Tahoe. Gondola ride, boat trip maybe. Might look/stay at Virginia City - worth it?
Wed 24th Sept - Across Plumas National Forest to stay at Chester near Lake Almanor. Nothing else planned, maybe just a relaxation day.
Thu 25th Sept - Lassen Volcanic NP and stay at Burney.
Fri 26th Sept - Lava Beds National Monument and stay at Klamath Falls.
Sat 27th Sept - Long day, Crater Lake NP and then take 62 West, 234, 5 North, 199 to stay at Crescent City.
Sun 28th Sept - Different redwood national parks and coastline, 101 south to stay at Eureka or Arcata.
Mon 29th Sept - Lost Coast, Humboldt Redwoods NP and Avenue of Giants. Stay at Garberville.
Tue 30th Sept - Down to Fort Bragg, Skunk train. Stay Fort Bragg.
Wed 1st Oct - Mendocino, Point Arena, Bodega Bay and inland to Calistoga. Old Faithful geyser and Petrified Forest. Stay Calistoga.
Thu 2nd Oct - Sausolito, over Golden Gate into SF.
Fri 3rd Oct - Lunch and then to airport for flight back...don't want to think about this part :-(
We've been to San Francisco several times before, so just want to relax there before flying back, definitely a nice meal on our last night. We've eaten at The Franciscan before which was nice, there also used to be a restaurant called The Cliffhanger (I think), that underwent a refurb in recent years. Is there anywhere nice to eat there now? Any other recommendations?
The last week of the trip (down the coast) is very open to change because we don't know what to expect, so any recommendations there would be very welcome!
Anyway, not long to go now....can't wait!!!! Look forward to hearing from anyone with their ideas :-)))
Adam & Lynda