Subject: Pacific Coast Highway Trip Planning
Hello Ziners,

Planning to be in Sunnyvale, California for a couple of weeks on business in December. Hence taking opportunity for family (3 teenagers) to visit Anaheim (4 days) and then drive up the Pacific Coast. This is my first road trip North of LA.. We live in Malaysia.

I have read the archives and appreciate some advise on following itinerary:-

1.Friday - Driving up North from Anaheim. Which town would be a convenient and interesting stop for the night? Planning to visit Hearst Castle. San Simeon / Cambria or Solvang or ...?? Hotel and food recommendations please. I do not wish to drive too long - maybe 4 hours max per day. Also intend to stop by Santa Barbara for a short visit along the way.

2.Saturday - Continue drive up North possibly after visiting Hearst. Next stop - Big Sur / Carmel or Pacific Grove or ...?? Oceanfront hotel and restaurant recommendations please.

3.Sunday - Continue drive to Sunnyvale. Please advise how long this will take. Wld like recommendations for a two room apartment or similar with kitchenette in Sunnyvale. This wld be a two week stopover. Wld need ideas for family to amuse themselves during this time while I go to work ! Presume they can visit San Francisco for a couple of days. Any themeparks around this area assuming they still haven't got enough of Disney.??

4.Suggestions for a weekend trip out of Sunnyvale other than San Francisco. To leave on Sat morning and return on Sunday evening.

5.Finally, I need to fly back to LAX on a Sunday evening for connection home. Wld this be cheaper and more convenient if out of San Jose rather than San Francisco. My Malaysian travel agent made bookings from San Francisco.

Many Thanks

KS Chan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia