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So we have decided, October will be spent in California. That much (barring unforeseen catastrophes) is certain. We will have probably 26 days, not including arriving and departure days, but could probably manage a day or two more if we have to.
Two fixed places to visit are Pasadena and Fallbrook to see friends. Beginning, end or middle of the trip doesn't matter.

I would like to spend more time in Northern California this trip, but I know having to drive down south limits what I can see on my wishlist.

The wish list includes the Northern California coast, coastal redwoods, Lassen NP, Yosemite (since we have never been!!!) and Death Valley (again, never been). Ideally we'd like to drive over Tioga pass, and see Mono Lake (and maybe even Lake Tahoe) but realise that is very weather dependant. Joshua Tree NP would be a nice bonus. I love the desert you see.
Neither of us are that bothered about Napa valley. PCH between LA and SF would be nice, but other things are probably more important to us. We have spent plenty of time in Los Angeles and surrounds before, but only a couple of days in San Francisco way back in 1980. Though I am not a city person I guess a couple more days there would be nice.

We want to fly in and out of the same airport, either SFO or LAX depending on where we can get the cheapest flights, and how we work out our rough plan.

So Californians, and California experts, can we realistically do all this? We are happy driving long days occasionally, but also want to spend time "smelling the roses". What would you cross off the list to make it work, (apart of course from those two SoCal outliers)?

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