My husband and I will be visiting California to attend a function on Sunday Sept 1 in San Francisco. We are arriving on Friday and expect to be at the hotel around 1:30 pm. My intention is to sight see in and around San Francisco, Napa, Muir Woods, and Sausalito by 3pm Sunday, the function is at 6pm. Monday there will be a brunch south of San Francisco (not sure where yet) but after that we are on our way south with no time limit other than a hotel reservation in San Diego on Friday the 6th.
Things that are on our list while heading south; Half Moon Bay, Carmel, Monterey, Big Sur, Hearst Castle, Solvang,Santa Ynez (actress on my favorite soap owns winery here...lol) Santa Barbara, Malibu, Santa Monica not sure what else ... a little overwhelming :)
Not sure what we are going to be able to do in 4 1/2 days to San Diego...we are returning home on Sunday the 8th.
What we like; a little hiking so small hikes to see wonderful scenery or hikes along rivers would be in line, love the ocean scenery, charming towns, swimming, eating...we are not on a budget so much but we don't need 5 star hotels.
Would need suggestions on timeline, places to see, when to stay overnight...any suggestions will help - coming from the east coast and neither of us has been to California.