Hello! I would love it if anyone would give me some input on our trip for June 12-26 next year. We have never been to this area of the US. We are trying to make reservations so the main thing I want to figure out right now is how long to stay in each place :)
June 12: fly into SF, spend night
June 13: drive to Yosemite. Should we stay 4 or 5 nights? We love doing somewhat short day hikes (6 or so miles.) Yosemite is the draw for us coming on the trip, but I want to spend time in Sequoia/Kings Canyon too. Especially if it's just as spectacular and less crowded. I have emailed some places inside Yosemite and found some availability in Yosemite West and Foresta, as well as Fish Camp. Any input on which of those areas to stay would be appreciated, too.
next leg: drive to Kings Canyon/Sequoia. I have not yet learned anything much about this area, except that I want to go! I did read some reviews on Cedar Grove Lodge and John Muir Lodge. I have no idea where to stay in the area, nor really any idea of what to do there yet! I was thinking at least 3 nights there to get a good feel for the area.
next leg: Drive to Carmel/Monterrey. Again, haven't done enough research to know where exactly we want to stay. We love the outdoors and nature so any ideas would be awesome! I know we want to go to Big Sur and maybe stay in some new age retreat-type place. I am a photographer and want to get some great pictures as well.
Last, we will drive back to SF and stay a night or 2 depending on how long we stay everywhere else. We are not much on cities, though I know SF will be really cool. We want to go to Point Reyes, see the Golden Gate bridge. This part of the trip is our least priority, but I know we probably want to stay 2 nights. We are looking at getting an overnight flight back home (North Carolina) so may leave Friday night at like 10 or 11. So we essentially have that whole day and will still have our rental car.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read this and I appreciate any help!