A few years ago we spent a night in San Francisco then ambled down the two lane No. 1 Pacific Coast Highway for a night in Monterrey, a night in Morro Bay and then made it to Santa Monica where we stayed a few days.
A year later, I ran the Big Sur half marathon in Monterrey in November and we visited a friend down in Atascadero via Salinas. We also explored San Francisco more thoroughly and a little north into the Napa area, staying in Yountville but also south of the bay in San Jose.
This time we stayed in Santa Monica five days (running the half-marathon in Agoura Hills) and then had a long roundabout drive to Palm Springs then to San Clemente via Lake Elsinore . . . and we stayed in San Clemente four days, exploring up and down the coast.
We, uh, like California (except Palm Springs).