I've read as much as possible about West coast road trips on this site as well as others and my questions still aren't answered so I'll try with this and see where it leads me....
I will be coming down the Oregon coast in June, 2009 and entering California on Highway 101 through Crescent City traveling down to Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park where I will camp with my ultimate destination being San Diego.
My next must-see is Yosemite which leads me off the coast north of Eureka and toward Sacramento through the central valley of the state.
My main question(s) and parameters are this:
Car camping w/ dog
No schedule (I have one but it's really flexible)
No budget (I have one but it's really not an issue for this post)
I'm into natural and historic sights, not so much cities
I will be living in San Diego at the end of the trip, so California day trips are a constant option.
Big question - once I commit to going inland to see Yosemite, should I abandon the coast for the rest of my trip? I'm really wanting to drive Highway 1 all the way down the coast, or as much as possible. Is it feasible to see Yosemite and cut back to the coast around Salinas or should I stay inland and go through Sequoia NP and the other sights and forget the coast for now and save it for the next road trip?
Oh, by the way, San Francisco holds no interest for me on this trip. I would like to see the city and tour Alcatraz but will have the dog in the car and can't do the ferry ride w/ Rover stuck in the car for the day....that is going to have to be another road trip when doggie stays home.
So, do I stay in the heart of the state or cut back over to the coast? My next stop after Yosemite is the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, than on through LA to San Diego....
Thanks in advance for your input!