Cross posted from the California forum.
I could use some itinerary help. We arrive in San Francisco the evening of September 9th. We have reservations at the Comfort Inn by the Bay for the 9th and the 10th. We are using Choice Points.
We pick up our rental car on September 11th at 4:00pm at SFO airport. We have seven nights to get to LAX for our return flight on the 18th.
We would like to see the following:
Redwoods -- maybe Muir Woods or Henry Crowell
Monterrey Bay Aquarium
17 mile drive
Big Sur coast -- plenty of time to look and explore.
Julia Pfieffer Burns Park -- McWay Falls
We enjoy wine -- maybe Paso Robles region
some missions -- which are most beautiful/interesting
a beach where we could swim or at least wade.
We also enjoy walks along the beach and easy/scenic bike rides. I wouldn't mind a kayak tour, but my husband is leery. This is probably our last trip before kids.
This is my proposed itinerary. Dates and cities are where we would stay the night.
Sept 9th and 10th -- San Francisco
September 11th Santa Cruz
September 12th and 13th Monterrey or Pacific grove
September 14th -- Cambria
September 15th -- Cambria
September 16th -- Santa Barbara
September 17th -- Santa Monica
September 18th depart from LAX at 1:00pm
I think this might be too much for one trip, but I'm afraid I'll never get another chance. Seeing the Pacific has been a long term dream of mine. We live on the East Coast. Plane tickets are purchased and car reservations are made. Our budget is moderate with maybe one or two splurges. Are reservations necessary? We know friends who winged a similar trip without reservations in July a couple of years ago.