We are a family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children (9&11)) travelling to California next week (we arrive on Tuesday 7 at 5pm). We have not been to any part of the US before and are struggling to work out what to do with the 3 days we would have spent at Yosemite.
Our trip looked like this:
7,8,9 Aug - San Fransisco (sightsee and Alcatraz booked)
10,11,12 Aug- Yosemite (I have cancelled this as we have 2 asthmatics)
13 Aug - Monterey
14-15 Aug - Santa Barbara
With the 3 nights from Yosemite we thought we would definitely add one to Monterey as we felt a bit short changed here, but we would also really like to see some big trees and nature as our trip now feels very city and beach heavy. I have made provisonal bookings in Healdsburg on 10-11 as a base so that we could visit Armstrong Woods but am concerned that it will be too hot in Sonoma to enjoy our time there. An alternative would be a night in Santa Cruz and visiting Henry Cowell woods, but that would leave us with one extra night to fill. Is there somewhere between Monterey and SAntaB that would make a perfect pitstop? Or are we better off changing something later in our trip?
Any advice gratefully received