My husband and I will be in California for our 10 honeymoon. The first half of our trip we are traveling from Sacramento to San Fran then diem the coast via hwy 1 before heading to Yosemite for the second half of or trip. We plan to stop at Big Basin and Wilder Ranch state parks and check out natural bridges as well. Our thought was to then spend the night in Santa Cruz, check out the boardwalk and downtown. Then the next day in Carmel ending in big surprise in the evening. However I have seen many posts saying that Santa Cruz is run down and that people are disappointed in their stay. Would it be better to just swing by the boardwalk after the parks and continue to Carmel/Monterey and not do an overnight in Santa Cruz? Help please!