We are starting our trip in Chicago and getting the California Zephyr across to San Francisco. We then have 3 nights in San Francisco and 3 nights at the end of the trip in LA but have 8 nights in between. We want to go to Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and Monterey but I am open to suggestions as to how we do this.
I had initially thought two nights at Lake Tahoe, 2 at Yosemite and 2 at Monterey, 1 at san luis obispo and 1 at Solvang - does this look ok or would you do this differently.
I am also unsure of where to stay when we go to Yosemite - I have seen so many places mentioned that I am confused. We don't mind driving a little while to get there if we could stay in a small town or something like that where we can walk to some bars/restaurants. The same applies to the other places - if there is somewhere with some lovely charm which has great places to stay where we can walk to a few bars etc that would be great.
Any help or advice would be great.