I'm planning our first trip to California for 7 days in September 2014. It will me, my husband and our 1 year old son. The only must see thing on our list is the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We plan on exploring the area, going on a scenic drive, enjoying good beer and maybe do some hiking.
I was planning to fly into San Francisco, staying there for the entire trip and driving to Monterey and other places around. Now I'm wondering if I should do the opposite. Stay in Monterey or possibly Santa Cruz and travel into San Francisco.
I'm wondering which place would be the best for a home base? Is traffic better in one direction than the other? We will be renting a car for the trip but I'd like to have days where we don't use it.