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ideas for pacific coast drive (CA)

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I need some help planning this drive. I was thinking to fly in to San Francisco and drive down for about 5 days to San Diego (with my brother who happens to live in San Diego)

i am arriving in San Diego the 26th and do a day or two in San Diego and then fly to San Francisco. even though i am planning 5 days for the drive, i have more time if necessary since I am flying out Sept 5th at night: my total days on this trip is 11 days

this is what I have down on my list to see. Please let me know time wise if this is possible or if i need more time. Also if I am missing anything that is a must see please offer suggestions.

I also plan on at some point along the way to do some whale watching, so I was wondering if anyone has any ideas of the best areas along the coast in August for whale watching. Ive read in the summer humpback whales and grey whales can be found on tours in Monterey area and maybe i could do the whale watching in San Diego (where you can find blue whales). I am open to suggestions. (I was thinking it would be best to do whale watching in San Diego where I have more time)


I know i cant do everything and I have limited amount of time. Please let me know what you guys think:


San Francisco area: Alcatraz, ride cable cars, Walt Disney family museums, fisherman's wharf,golden gate bridge, muir woods

santa cruz (natural bridges state beach)
Monterey bay: aquarium…mission carnal…cannery row, fisherman’s wharf

big sur( slow drive)

17 mile drive

hearst castle
carmel mission
Santa Barbara- mission and possibly wineries?

LA- Getty museum, hollywood walk of fame, Chinese theater, griffith observatory

San Diego- Sea world, safari zoo ( i have already done the regular san diego zoo), torrey pines, museum of men, la jolla, torrey pines

i also happen to love to see animals so any good spots to find seal lions, elephant seals, etc. can be added to the list as well but I am sure I have too much here to begin with.

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