We are a family of 4 (two children aged 12 and 9) and are arriving in San Francisco from the UK on 23rd July. We plan to stay 3 days in San Francisco (probably around the fisherman's wharf area) and then pick up a hire car and drive to Yosemite (probably staying at Tenaya Lodge - as left it too late to get accommodation in the valley). We will leave Yosemite on 28th July. I have accommodation booked in San Diego (Escondido ) at the Welk Resorts from the 1st August where we will spend 1 week before flying back to UK.
So we have 4 nights and 5 days to get to San Diego from Yosemite. My original plan was:
Drive Yosemite to Monterey - stay 2 nights
Drive Monterey to Santa Barbara - stay 2 nights
Drive Santa Barbara to San Diego.
By having two nights - we sort of get a chance to break from the driving (kids, windy roads, car sickness etc).
Having read reviews and trip itineraries - i am wondering if this is the most sensible option - particularly as it is long drives between each point.
Would i be better having a night at different places along the way - e.g. Cambria, Pismo Beach etc.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.