We are a couple from Europe planing to do a road trip in California in august.
We'll stay 3 days in San Francisco (august 2nd-5th) and then have booked a car on August 5th. We'd like to reach LA on August 9th (hotel is already booked there for 3 nights and then we'll go with the same car to Las Vegas and leave the car there on august 12). But my questions are about our 4-5 days between SF and LA (august 5th to august 9th).
We have already read and researched a little bit about the must see places, but i'd like to have some final suggestions before booking the hotels in the places we'll be staying in. Overall we'd like to travel through the Pacific Highway 1 most of the time, and get the best sceneries. Visit the maximum amount of "must see" places and the last day or day and a half in Santa Barbara's beaches to just relax.
Then the next day hit the road again and stop in Big sur and Hearst Castle and stay either in Cambria or San Luis Obispo. Again, which of these 2 places would you suggest (or maybe even Morry Bay) ?
The third day we'd like to visit these areas, and then by the afternoon got to Santa Barbara and stay there. Any suggestions on what to visit between SLO and SB that day?
The fourth day (august 8th) we'd like to just relax in SB and not drive. Any suggestions for nice and not crowded beaches around SB (i know it's august, and it's going to be difficult to find that) ?
The fifth and final day we'll go from SB to LA.
That's more or less our plan, but we're open to any suggestions...
Also, i've read that Big Sur is spectacular, but it's hard to stay around the area, is is true?
Would you stay somewhere else than Santa Barbara for the "full day relax in the beach" that we want to do ?
Around which area can we get the best beaches (not foggy, not very crowded, with easy access by car, clean waters etc..) ?
Thanks in advance !!