So my plan next summer is to head to Alaska via a few places I missed on my last big trip. All I saw of California last time was a Shasta flyby, Tahoe, the east side of the Sierras and Death Valley. Sort of 'meh' in July. On this trip, I am going to end up in San Diego for the Zoo. (probably for two nights) From there I want to see Sequoia which means heading into Visalia grabbing a rental car and heading into to Sequoia for the day(or two?) From San Diego (for best scenery): Over Catalina to Oxnard then up to Visalia, or Inland past Bakersfield to Visalia? Next plan is a Bay Tour on the way to Petaluma (Sam owes me lunch ) Just head straight for San Jose, or Via Big Sur and Monterrey before doing the Bay Tour? From there it's off to Arcata for the Redwoods and an overnight or two. After that I figure the entire coast up to the Canadian border. Is there anything I should see/do between any of those places, or any other day stops that are 'required' in CA on such a trip?