In June we will be flying from FL to San Jose, CA airport to attend a wedding. We thought we would include a road trip up to the Ave. of the Giants and incorporate some coastal views along with a few days stopover in Healdsburg for a biking tour of vineyards. I'm not a good car traveler esp. for long multi-hour stretches along curvy roads, so here is the itinerary that I've planned so far based on research. Input and suggestions (esp. if I am being overly ambitious) are greatly appreciated. We are an active couple ages 60-65 (hiking/biking/walking), enjoy outdoors, beautiful scenery, architecture, history. Our travel itinerary will begin on a Saturday and we must be in Saratoga, CA for the wedding on the following Saturday (day 8)
Day 1 - fly Daytona, FL to SJC - pick up rental car - drive to Santa Rosa (2 hr drive)
we don't have our flights booked yet, so not sure of arrival time at SJC. It looks to be
about a 2 hr drive. Suggestions on any interesting stops along the way?
Overnight in Santa Rosa
Day 2 - Santa Rosa to Mendocino via Bodega Bay (3 hrs) - this was planned just to get over to
the coastal route.
If there is a better route to minimize the lengthy curvy coastal drive yet still have
some pretty views, we would love to hear it. From Googlemaps, there didn't seem
to be many roads to get to the coast with our overnight destination being Mendocino.
My concern here is the long coastal stretch to Mendocino with no "escape routes" if I
cannot tolerate curvy coastal roads. Are there interesting places to stop along the way to
break up the drive?
Overnight in Mendocino. - Suggestions for lodging?
Day 3 - Mendocino sights & Skunk Train: Other sightseeing suggestions?
2nd overnight in Mendocino
Day 4 - Mendocino to Ave of the Giants (2 hr drive)
Would like to do a few short hikes (2-4 miles) on our arrival day and the morning of
our departure day (day 5). Recommendations of hikes/points of interest that are
doable in this time frame?
overnight stay in Garberville
Days 5-7 - travel from Garberville to Healdsburg (2.5 hr drive) to begin a supported self-guided
bike tour (using winecountrybikes.com) hopefully encompassing 3 nights
(this part isn't firmed up yet)
Day 8- bike van shuttle back to Healdsburg to pick up our rental car and drive to Saratoga, CA
via Sonoma, Napa, Walnut Creek (3 hr drive)
Would like some suggestions on interesting stops along the way.
Walnut Creek would be a stop for a short visit with a relative.
Overnight in Saratoga for wedding next day
Day 9 - Saratoga - wedding (Sunday). Anything to see/do of interest prior to wedding?
2nd night in Saratoga
Day 10 - drive from Saratoga to Carmel-by-the-Sea via Santa Cruz (1:30 hrs)
suggestions on interesting things to see/do in each of these cities?
Overnight in Carmel-by-the-Sea (lodging recommendations)?
Day 11 (Tuesday) - drive to SJC for departure flight (still to be booked) (1:30 drive time)
We've already been to Yosemite and toured San Francisco, so did not include those points of interest in our itinerary. Main purpose of this trip is 1) wedding, 2) bike tour, 3) relaxation/sightseeing