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Hi, I will be traveling in California this summer with family (3 Teenagers.) We will be...

Hi, I will be traveling in California this summer with family (3 Teenagers.) We will be in SF for 3 days and than traveling down the coast with an availability of 3 nights before we head to San Clemente for 7 nights (house rental). I'm having a difficult time deciding how to spend the 3 nights in central coast. My initial idea was to spend 1 night in Monterey, 1 night in Cambria (visit hearst castle) and 1 night in Santa Barbara. After reading about everything there is to see around Monterey I thought that perhaps we should stay 2 nights in Monterey and 1 night in SLO (Madonna Inn).Don't know if it is feasible to visit Hearst castle on the way to SLO or next morning? Would love to spend last afternoon in Santa Barbara before heading to San Clemente, is that feasible given distances and time? HELP!! All suggestions are welcome Helen
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     asked this on January 30, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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I hope a local will answer your question; but here is my 2 cents worth as a person that is going to travel this May from Hearst Castle up Hwy 1 to Monterey and spent his Army basic training at Ft. Ord (now a college campus and high-end houses) near Monterey. One night is plenty in Monterey. If you want to stay in the area 2 nights spend one of those in Santa Cruz on the north end of Monterey Bay. Close to Santa Cruz you can see giant Redwoods -- not quite Yosemite, but nice.
-- Barry Las Cruces, NM
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