Rugles - 5:00 pm on Jan 10, 2011 (gmt 0)
We did Yosemite last year and loved it. We stayed at the historic (and crazy expensive) Awahnee hotel which is fantastic but book way ahead. The dinner room is world class but book a table months ahead of time. If you are into fine dining it is worth every penny. Did the 8 mile hike down from Glacier Point and that was the highlight of our stay in Yosemite.
I would mention, if you are going to do the drive along the Oregon Coast and Northern California coast it is way better to do it North to South. That way the coast is on the right hand side of car so you get better vistas. It is some of the most stunning coast line I have ever seen.
You Americans should be really proud of your National Park Service. They do a great job in those parks you have down there.