Hello! I'm planning a baby moon. We have ten days we could travel, but if we can fit it in 6/7 that would be even better. We'd be coming from NY into San Francisco (early morning flight), spending the night in San Fran and leaving early the next morning to start our road trip. (Disclaimer: I purposely want to avoid spending a long time in San Francisco, I realize I'm not giving it a lot of time. That's on purpose.) I want the majority of our trip to be spent in the Big Sur area. But I want to hit a couple of spots along the way, including San Jose Winchester Mystery House, Santa Cruz, Monterey, Hearst Castle and Solvang IF we can fit it in. ALSO, I'm trying to not feel rushed on this trip, after all it is a baby moon. So here are my questions:
1) If we leave San Fran in the morning, and all we want to do in San Jose is the tour of the Winchester Mystery House, plus maybe lunch, can/should we try to fit San Jose/Santa Cruz in the same day. I feel like this is probably not a good idea, so where should we stay overnight.
2. Can/should we do Santa Cruz/Monterey in one day before big Sur, or would that be too rushed, if not where is it worth it to stay?
3. How many nights should we spend in Big Sur, to feel relaxed, do hikes, head to the beach, 17 mile drive, to really take it in?
Ensure you check road conditions before your journey as roads were recently closed http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2017/01/24/highway-1-closed-due-to-mudslides-near-big-sur/
Flying into SF one day and leaving the next morning is not just "not a lot of time" It is NO time.
I don't know what there is to see in Santa Cruz- I've never spent much time there, so I think you could do the mystery tour and Santa Cruz in the same day. It is only about 50 miles from San Francisco to San Jose, and less than 50 to get to Santa Cruz
In my opinion, one day is too little to spend in Monterey You should stay in Monterey to do the Aquarium, Fisherman's Wharf and Pacific Grove (which is where 17 Mile Drive is located) and Carmel By the Sea and Point Lobos State Reserve before you drive down to Big Sur At least 3 days in Monterey and maybe 2 days in Big Sur.
I don't have any current information on places to stay in this area
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